Keep A Knockin'
Little Richard Lyrics


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Keep a knockin' but you can't come in
Keep a knockin' but you can't come in
Keep a knockin' but you can't come in
Come back tomorrow night and try it again

You said you love me and you can't come in
You said you love me and you can't come in (wooooo)
You said you love me and you can't come in
Come back tomorrow night and try it again (woow)

Keep a knockin' but you can't come in
Keep a knockin' but you can't come in
Keep a knockin' but you can't come in
Come back tomorrow night and try it again

You said you love me and you can't come in
You said you love me and you can't come in (woooo)
You said you love me and you can't come in
Come back tomorrow night and try it again (woow)

Keep a knockin' but you can't come in
Keep a knockin' but you can't come in (wooo)
Keep a knockin' but you can't come in
Come back tomorrow night and try it again

You said you love me and you can't come in
You said you love me and you can't come in




You said you love me and you can't come in
Come back tomorrow night and try it again (woow)

Overall Meaning

Little Richard's iconic song "Keep A Knockin'" is a ferocious rock and roll hit that was released in 1957. The song's lyrics are relatively simple, but it's the energy and attitude behind them that make them so impactful. The central theme of the song is perseverance and the idea that no matter how hard someone tries to keep you out, you can always come back stronger.


The repeated refrain "Keep a knockin' but you can't come in" is a clear message to the person on the other side of the door that they may have temporarily succeeded in keeping the singer out, but they won't succeed forever. The use of "knockin'" as opposed to "knocking" is a nod to African American Vernacular English (AAVE) and adds to the song's distinctive style.


The verses of the song are directed at someone specific who claims to love the singer but won't let them in. The lyrics "You said you love me and you can't come in" are delivered with a mixture of frustration and defiance. The phrase "Come back tomorrow night and try it again" suggests that the singer will keep fighting until they succeed.


Overall, "Keep A Knockin'" is a classic rock and roll song that embodies the genre's rebellious spirit and determination to succeed against all odds.


Line by Line Meaning

Keep a knockin' but you can't come in
I know you're trying to get in, but I'm not ready to let you back into my life yet.


Come back tomorrow night and try it again
I need more time to think about whether I want you back in my life or not, so try again another day.


You said you love me and you can't come in
You may say you love me, but actions speak louder than words, and I need to see more from you before I let you back in.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Richard W. Penniman

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

ruben ramirez cruz

Hola.
Esta canción sirvió de inspiración para "Rock and roll " - Led Zeppelin.

Gran recuerdo.
Little Richard , un tremendo artista.

Gracias por subir esta joya.

Un abrazo , maestro.

Saludos desde Chile , Sudamérica.



All comments from YouTube:

Marc S

RIP, to the great Little Richard. One of the pioneers of rock and roll.

Norman Grimm

Thank you for the awesome music Little Richard. RIP sir.

Bright Garinson

Not really rock and roll but alright.

《MYAS》 Le Sultan de Bergame

BEBE X TRUMPS yes one of...don't forgot Chuk Berry and....Bo Diddley of course😉😎🤠

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LilDonut

Rock & Roll will never die. Thanks little Richard

The1WhoKnowsTheTruth

And Led Zeppelin!

Matheus Scher

87 years of pure Rock N'Roll.

The sounds of immortality salute Little Richard.
#rip

Cheryl Smith

This is. Real Rock And Roll 😅😅

Steve Primeau

RIP Little Richard. You will go down in history as one of the most flamboyant and colorful performers of the Rock and Roll era. ❤

Freddy Russo

La influencia de Little Richard de este tema en Rock and Roll (1971) de Led Zeppelin es clarísima. En especial cuando John Bonham empieza a tocar la batería inicial de este clásico Keep a knockin.

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