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The Rolling Stones — Honky Tonk Women
Album: Hot Rocks
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Total ratings: 1072









Released: 1968
Length: 2:57
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I met a gin-soaked bar-room queen in Memphis
She tried to take me upstairs for a ride
She had to heave me right across her shoulder
'Cause I just can't seem to drink you off my mind

It's the honky tonk women
Gimme, gimme, gimme the honky tonk blues

I laid a divorcée in New York City
I had to put up some kind of a fight
The lady then she covered me in roses
She blew my nose and then she blew my mind

It's the honky tonk women
Gimme, gimme, gimme the honky tonk blues
All right

It's the honky tonk women
That gimme, gimme, gimme the honky tonk blues

It's the honky tonk women
Gimme, gimme, gimme the honky tonk blues
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Wow!

Is this Arcade Fire?


Happy Birthday Mick
And once again RP slides into radio hell.



Ry Cooder showed Keith open tunings.
Keith took to open G and removed the low E string.
'Micawber' was given to him by Eric Clapton in 1972.

The rest is history.

Honky Tonk Women was released as a single in the UK on 7-3-1969, the day of the free Hyde Park Concert, which was Mick Taylor's first live performance with the Stones.
For this single 45 rpm record, Brian Jones' guitar parts were removed from the recently finished studio cut and Taylor dubbed his in.
The first Stones Album Taylor was heard on, albeit briefly, is LET IT BLEED (Country Honk & Live With Me), released 12-5-1969, the day before Altamont.

" There was nothing like the Mick Taylor era." . . . HA! - Especially for TAYLOR .


Some of the best opening bars of any song in rock 'n roll history.  Charlie just dominates this one.
 indatube1 wrote:
a drummer friend pointed out that the Stones aren't copyable because Richards starts/drives the beat, not Watts. Check it out with some good headphones - trippy.
 
I agree.  A good drummer lags the beat. Watts is always just trying to restrain the whole band.

But, anybody know what happened to that forum poster who was always saying "more cowbell"? Shouldn't he be commenting here?
a drummer friend pointed out that the Stones aren't copyable because Richards starts/drives the beat, not Watts. Check it out with some good headphones - trippy.
 markybx wrote:
Best EVER cowbell {#Cheesygrin}
 
Maybe the best R&R band ever. Still kickin' it 50years and going.
It's only rock and roll but I love it.
A stones song that was played too much going to hit the next button
Man! This song is as old as I am! I love it!
Hell...I'm 59.

This came on and I crank it enough that my kid comes down to check on me and mutters about parents and their damn rock n' roll.

Life is sweet.

Thanks Bill.


My teenage Idols {#Dancingbanana_2}
Mick Taylor catapulted The Stones into the blues hard rock stratosphere in my opinion and I'm not really going out on a limb on that one. It's a shame what happened to Brian but that's the price that was paid at the crossroad.
I rated the song with a "10". For me one of the best songs of all times.
 expatlar wrote:
I'm fifty-eight today. This came on and I reached over and turned it waaay up to a volume I rarely do any more, and smiled.
Thanks for the birthday present, Bill.

 
Welcome to the "58 Club".
 idiot_wind wrote:
Just listen to the two guitars working different riffs...and how they are playing off the drums. 

It's cosmic.  

 
First album (maybe even first song) with Mick Taylor.  There was nothing like the Mick Taylor era.

For a while I believed a rumor that it was Ry Cooder playing on this, but I don't think that's true.  But I believe Ry had something to do with coming up with the riff(s). 
I'm fifty-eight today. This came on and I reached over and turned it waaay up to a volume I rarely do any more, and smiled.
Thanks for the birthday present, Bill.
Best EVER cowbell {#Cheesygrin}
awesome breakfast tune for FRIDAY!

{#Bananajam}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananapiano}{#Drummer}


This is 48 years old now - and the Stones are 55. 

Peerless Greatness. 
 

Godlike indeed - pure class! {#Cheesygrin}
How can this song be anything other than a 10?  One of the greatest rock and roll songs of all time.  Must be listened to at volume 11.
 bigfred wrote:
Saw this one live, about 25 years ago. Wembly, the place was jumping
 
Houston, 1980.  The cutout of the Honky Tonk Woman was a story tall.
 jimmpypowder wrote:
I want a Honky Tonk Woman with long legs and a tight ass.

 
And a lot of humor too...
Just listen to the two guitars working different riffs...and how they are playing off the drums. 

It's cosmic.  
 TerryS wrote:

"She blew my nose and then she blew my mind"

 Well, two out of three ain't bad. 


{#Roflol}
 Imkirok wrote:

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If I never see that picture again for the rest of my life it would still be too soon.  Great song!
Am I  this only guy who prefers "Country Honk" (which hasn't been played here in about a year and a half!)?
 lemmoth wrote:
I can name that tune in two cowbell strikes Bill.:-)

One of the greatest records of all time. 

 
https://humorinamerica.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/i-need-more-cowbell.jpg
 lemmoth wrote:
I can name that tune in two cowbell strikes Bill. :-)
 
{#Roflol}
I can name that tune in two cowbell strikes Bill.:-)

One of the greatest records of all time. 
put this song to rest, reminds of sugar sugar  without a doubt had some merit on release  but has not aged well at all...Rolling Bones RIP
 idiot_wind wrote:
Greatest RnR song ever? 

 
one of the all time best...
Greatest RnR song ever? 
Hell ya! My favourite Stones song.
 idiot_wind wrote:
Is this not the greatest rock n roll song ever?
 
Maybe.  Consideration to Jumping Jack Flash, but — hello! — that's also by the Stones.
I want a Honky Tonk Woman with long legs and a tight ass.
I used to play this a lot when I was a dj doing the rounds at all kinds of gigs, parties, clubs, pubs and colleges back in the day. I have fond memories of hot, sweaty, drunken rooms full of lads and lassies all strutting about like Mick and having a right old knees up. 

Far as I know, you just don't get the same kind of crazy dancing around in clubs nowadays - everyone seems to be far too concerned with looking good or making sure they have all the right 'moves'. 
PSD got me to this classic.  Thanks, Bill.
 idiot_wind wrote:
Is this not the greatest rock n roll song ever?

 
Yes it is. 
Saw this one live, about 25 years ago. Wembly, the place was jumping
Something I wrote a while back relevant to this one.  :)

https://typosphere.com/2012/10/09/a-dozen-days-of-honky-tonk/
Hard to believe how long this thing has stayed cool; prob'ly explains why I think Some Girls was their last lick of the great Salty Rock vein.
Is this not the greatest rock n roll song ever?
 Lazarus wrote:

Mick Jagger is expressing the persona of a heartbroken man who is drinking himself into oblivion to numb his psychological pain since his true love dumped him...  such is common in country and western songs...  but this song is not the slightest bit sentimental—  in fact, the song is full of seedy life (a gin-soaked barroom queen, honky tonk women, etc.) so this song is actually quite an expression of vitality...

the song is a parody of all the country songs about the dude who lost his lady...

everybody in my church loves this song...

 

 
And they all think you are an utter twat.
 unclehud wrote:

Wikipedia says this song went 4 weeks as the Billboard Hot 100 top single starting 23 August 1969 -- followed by Sugar, Sugar from the Archies. 

There's your proof that drastic changes were happening in the world's music during the late 1960s.



 
I prefer Sugar, Sugar, and I predict it will outlast this song.
Just shows how decades of emulating your musical hero's results in some simply astounding music, they had reached the height of their craft at this point, able to easily assimilate styles and quite simply *own* them. 

Wikipedia says this song went 4 weeks as the Billboard Hot 100 top single starting 23 August 1969 -- followed by Sugar, Sugar from the Archies. 

There's your proof that drastic changes were happening in the world's music during the late 1960s.


Boy oh boy....

These guys sound a lot like Kid Rock!

And their guitar work is weak. The Foo Fighters have better players.

And the lyrics just aren't as a good as Linkin Park's lyrics.

 

Who are these guys anyway?

 


"She blew my nose and then she blew my mind"

 

Well, two out of three ain't bad.


 Nerubo wrote:
This song has just exactly the right amount of cowbell.

 
Agreed!
 

Third 8 rate in a row!!! {#Dancingbanana}
This song has just exactly the right amount of cowbell.

 

Mick Jagger is expressing the persona of a heartbroken man who is drinking himself into oblivion to numb his psychological pain since his true love dumped him...  such is common in country and western songs...  but this song is not the slightest bit sentimental—  in fact, the song is full of seedy life (a gin-soaked barroom queen, honky tonk women, etc.) so this song is actually quite an expression of vitality...

the song is a parody of all the country songs about the dude who lost his lady...

everybody in my church loves this song...


 
 rhbphoto wrote:
10...Can't mess with perfection.
 
Ditto....
10...Can't mess with perfection.
More COWB ... !
 Hannio wrote:


Dear old da told me back in 1967 that in five years they would be forgotten.
 
About '68 or '69 I had a ticket for the following week at the London Roundhouse for what was supposed to be the Stones final gig. Fifty years as a band this year and a few hundred million quid later....
Everybody in my hotel room loves this song.
 Stratocaster wrote:
10.  No commentary needed.
{#Bananajam}
super super {#Dance}
Dudes blocks around love this song!
 Whimary wrote:
It's not just a song...it's History.
 
Amen!  Every band that's played since 1970 knows how to play this one.
KEEF!
10.  No commentary needed.
 ick wrote:
If I've said it once, I've said it a million times, these guys are hacks and will never amount to anything.
 

I've told you a million times - don't exaggerate!

 ick wrote:
If I've said it once, I've said it a million times, these guys are hacks and will never amount to anything.
 

Dear old da told me back in 1967 that in five years they would be forgotten.


Incredible set, again!  We wore this double LP out my freshman year in college.  The Stones have a special place in my heart. {#Clap}
It's not just a song...it's History.
 DarceySuzanne wrote:
More cowbell. Please.
 

Hey, be careful. That stuff's addictive: 

Christopher Walken freaks out: no more cowbell!

 

If I've said it once, I've said it a million times, these guys are hacks and will never amount to anything.
For my money one of the greatest rock'n'roll songs ever.
Maybe because I've heard this so many times or it's not one their best songs. I gave it a 2.
Nothing wrong with Classic Rolling Stones :D
Eh.  Like the Stones in general, but never cared for this one.
More cowbell. Please.
Is the album really titled "Hor Rocks"?

 kopak wrote:
For sirdroseph {#Lol}
 
I gave it a 7, there ya happy?{#Lol}
For sirdroseph {#Lol}