Begun in early in 1993, "You Got Me Rocking" was initially a blues number; bootlegs have Jagger and Richards working the song as a slower, blues flavored ramble, with Jagger shouting the hook- "you got me rocking". Changed to a straight forward rocker in the vein of "Start Me Up", the song quickly evolved into a powerful rock single as Richards made the transition from piano to guitar. The lyrics moved to a more upbeat tone, as singer Mick Jagger presents redemption from a series of career ending instances of various professionals:
I was a hooker losing her looks; I was a writer can't write another book;
I was all dried up dying to get wet; I was a tycoon drowning in debt.
The lyrics can be interpreted as an answer to the Rolling Stones critics, who often deride the band for their advancing age. Recording on "You Got Me Rocking" lasted from mid-summer, 1993, to early winter of the same year, where final touches were put on. The song was released as a UK-only single in September, where it registered at number 23.
"You Got Me Rocking" is notable as it remains one of the Stones most enduring live songs, a rarity for a late album song. The song was performed some fifty times during the 2005-2006 A Bigger Bang Tour.