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The lyrics take the point of view of a roaming rapist/murderer.
Some of the words are reportedly quotes from Albert DeSalvo's
(the murderer of 13 women in the Boston area) confession to
The Boston Strangler's crimes. Keith Richards has called the number "a blues opera".

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Rolling Stones - Midnight Rambler

Author And Composer: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Editor: TAB4U Staff
Blues
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Did you hear about the Midnight Rambler?
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Everybody got to go  
        
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Did you heard about the Midnight Rambler,
    
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The one that shut the kitchen door?  

   

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He don't give a hoot of warning
 

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wrapped up in a black cat cloak
   

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He don't go in the light of the morning
       

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He's split, the time the cook'rel crows   

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Talkin' 'bout the Midnight gambler,
    
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The one you never seen before  
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Talkin' 'bout the midnight gambler 
        
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Did you see him jump the garden wall?  


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Sighin’ down the wind so sadly

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Listen and you’ll hear him moan  
           

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Well I’m a talkin’ bout the midnight gambler

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Everybody got to go   

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Did you hear about the midnight gambler?
      

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Well, honey, it's no rock'n'roll show
         

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Well I'm talkin' 'bout the Midnight gambler,
    

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The one you never seen before  

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Well you heard about the Boston       
     

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It's not one of those  
      
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Well, talkin' 'bout the midnight   shhh
    
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The one that closed the bedroom door   
               
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I'm called the hit-and-run raper in anger
     

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The knife-sharpened tippie-toe   
            

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Or just the shoot 'em dead, brainbell jangler
              

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You know, the one you never seen before   

          

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So if you ever meet the midnight rambler

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Coming down your marble hall
          

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Well he's pouncing like proud black panther
              

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Well, you can say I,   I told you so
                

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Well, don't you listen for the midnight rambler
        

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Play it easy,   as you go  
           

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I'm gonna smash down all your    plate glass windows
                  

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Put a fist, put a fist through your steel-plated door

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Did you hear about the midnight rambler
                
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He'll leave his footprints up and down your hall
            
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And did you hear about the midnight gambler
            
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And did you see me make my midnight call
           

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And if you ever catch the midnight rambler
                

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I'll steal your mistress from under your nose
        

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I'll go easy with your cold fanged anger
               

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I'll stick my knife right down your throat, baby
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And it hurts!

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