"Honky Tonk Women" as written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards....
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 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 with roses
She blew my nose and then she blew my mind

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

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


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"Honky Tonk Women" as written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards

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    General CommentKeith and Mick wrote this song when they were in a ranch in Brazil surrounded by cowboys and all that kind of stuff. Keith said that they felt like if they were isolated in the middle of Arizona so they decided to write a country song (the first recording of this song was clearly country: no electric guitar in it, the country version is called Country Honk) but then the Rolling Stones played some sessions with Ry Cooder and Richards was "inspired" by one Cooder's riff and used it all along the song though the lyrics are basically the same with little changes.
    HaiZuKion July 29, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningA honky-tonk (also called a honkatonk, honkey-tonk, or tonk) is a type of bar that provides musical entertainment (usually country music) to its patrons. A bar-room queen ~ Queen is a term used to refer to flamboyant or effeminate gay men. This is further backed up by him/her being big enough to carry the singer across her shoulder. Later he does a chick probably in a Country bar in New York City.

    Honky talk women, male or female, hang out in Country music bars. He uses it here to refer to easy women. The song itself is about being on a drunk trying to get over a chick with easy women all around. The Black Box #306. Honky Tonk Women, has a verse about, strolling on the boulevards of Paris. He can get easy women all over the world, but he just can’t seem to get her off of his mind.
    Sumflowon August 09, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI think that the line " She blew my nose and then she blew my mind." Means... Just that, I assume from the line "Cause I just can't seem to drink you off my mind" that the singer would be crying. So when she hauled him to a room, she probably blew his nose before having sex with him.
    Aellaion August 16, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song! It ain't a "deep" song or anything like that, but it just rocks like a bitch! :)
    napnipon April 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere is an alternate version of the song with the lines, "Strollin' on the boulevards of Paris/Naked as the day I will die/The sailors, they're so charming down in Paris/But I just can't seem to sail you off my mind" in place of the second verse.
    lilavation October 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentMakes for a good bar song. Has a bluesy feel to it.
    Muzzyon May 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe title is "Honky Tonk WomEn." Plural. Thank you, Spliphstar, for making it a little harder to find.
    But, yes, it does rock.
    Kafzielon June 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI LOVE THIS SONG! It is fun to sing to.

    \\// PEACE
    Rollingstonesrockon November 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis sounds like a country song if you did away with the electric strings and through in steel acoustics instead.
    OpinionHeadon February 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt contains a cocaine reference, of course.
    chrisb1on March 06, 2005   Link

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