"Memo From Turner" as written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards....
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 Commentyou guys, this songs good
    heyjude55on April 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentPerhaps 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 Commentnice 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 CommentOnly 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 Commentit's as if queen was singing desolation row on smack. bizarre and great.
    orphan_yachtson May 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit's as if queen was singing desolation row on smack. bizarre and great.
    orphan_yachtson May 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentbest Stones song ever.
    Heckletonon January 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThere's a different version on the Metamorphosis album with different lyrics.
    Tom_And_Jerryon October 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHuh???? 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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    MemoryIf 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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