Didn't I see you down in San Antone On a hot and dusty night? We were eating eggs in Sammy's When the black man there drew his knife Aw, you drowned that Jew in Rampton As he washed his sleeveless shirt You know, that Spanish-speaking gentlemen The one we all called Kurt Come now, gentleman I know there's some mistake How forgetful I'm becoming Now you fixed your business straight I remember you in Hemlock Road In nineteen fifty-six You're a faggy little leather boy With a smaller piece of stick You're a lashing, smashing hunk of man Your sweat shines sweet and strong Your organs working perfectly But there's a part that's not screwed on Weren't you at the Coke convention Back on nineteen sixty-five You're the misbred, gray executive I've seen heavily advertised You're the great, gray man whose daughter licks Policemen's buttons clean You're the man who squats behind the man Who works the soft machine Come now, gentleman Your love is all I crave You'll still be in the circus when I'm laughing Laughing in my grave When the old men do the fighting And the young men all look on And the young girls eat their mothers meat From tubes of plasticon Be wary of these my gentle friends Of all the skins you breed They have a tasty habit They eat the hands that bleed So remember who you say you are And keep your noses clean Boys will be boys and play with toys So be strong with your beast Oh Rosie dear, don'tcha think it's queer So stop me if you please The baby is dead, my lady said "You gentlemen, why you all work for me?"



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"Memo from Turner" as written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards

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    General Comment:you guys, this songs good
    heyjude55on April 07, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:Perhaps Jagger's finest song, but what does it all mean?
    Looking round the net it seems that for some prayer rituals orthodox Jews wear a religious garment which can be described as a sleevless shirt. The writer goes on to say that describing the man as 'Spanish speaking' is a reference to the Jews' exile from Spain in, I think, the middle ages. Though why he has a German-sounding name like Kurt isn't explained.
    The dominant theme is, of course, one of homosexuality. I think it may be the first time in popular culture where gayness is linked not with effeminacy but with an overt masculine sexuality. For examply the same year that Performance was released The Boys in the Band showed us a selection of campy self-hating drama queens. Also the line "the young girls eat their mother's meat from tubes of plasticon" is the kind of queasily sexual/violent image you'd find in William Burroughs. Also, just remembered that there is indeed a Burrough's book called The Soft Machine.
    I suppose the song, and the film Performance, were informed at some level by the fact of Reggie Kray's sexuality and the fact that an incredibly masculine (in fact psychotic) man could be gay.
    Mikeymike111on April 24, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:nice interp. i had no clue, my fav line was "Your organs working perfectly, but there's a part that's not screwed on." But shit this song is soo damn UNDERrated
    heyjude55on April 26, 2006   Link
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    General Comment:Only a true Stones' fan knows and appreciates this song...it's sad that Keith didn't play on this!! "Glam Rock" before that term ever existed.
    hemlockroadon March 24, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:it's as if queen was singing desolation row on smack. bizarre and great.
    orphan_yachtson May 11, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:it's as if queen was singing desolation row on smack. bizarre and great.
    orphan_yachtson May 11, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:best Stones song ever.
    Heckletonon January 15, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:There's a different version on the Metamorphosis album with different lyrics.
    Tom_And_Jerryon October 10, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:Huh???? Nothing makes much sense to me anymore. Like this song, I think I've gone stark raving mad, as I wait for the man I love to show me a sign. Am I crazy? Did you make me this way? What in the hell am I supposed to think and/or do? My brain hurts, my heart has been broken and I'd still go to the abyss for you. I've completely crashed. BOOOOOOOOOOOM. Uncle!
    TitForTaton June 14, 2009   Link
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    Memory:If any of you guys pick up the movie "Performance" (1970), you get a better understanding about the song. It's about gang-related/criminal-related business. The song comes up in a "theater of the mind" scene from the film, where Mick Jaggar's character is filling in the role of Jame Fox's character's boss, performing this song.
    CB2001on June 24, 2009   Link

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