"Uncle Salty" as written by and Tom Hamilton Steven Tyler....
Uncle salty told me stories of a lonely
Baby with a lonely kind of life to lead
My mammy was lusted, daddy he was busted
They left her to be trusted till the orphan bleeds
But when she cried at night, no one came
And when she cried at night, went insane

Uncle salty told me when she was just a baby
That she'd get by and maybe someday she'd see
But soon she found her mother's love for all the others
The pushers and the shovers was the life to lead
But when she cried at night, no one came
And when she cried at night, went insane

Oh, it's a sunny day outside my window
Oh, it's a sunny day outside my window
Oh, oh yeah
Oh, oh yeah, yeah, yeah

Now she's doin' any for money and a penny
A sailor with a penny or two or three
Hers is the cunning for men who come a-runnin'
They all come for fun and it seems to me
That when she cried at night, no one came
And when she cried at night, went insane

(Oh, it's a sunny day outside my window)


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"Uncle Salty" as written by Tom Hamilton Steven Victor Tallarico

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    General Commentone of the first songs about child abuse written, they never got respect for it.
    SageLFNon November 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commentok, it's a girl
    she was left unattended
    she was traumatized
    when she cried at night alone,
    went insane???
    Nope, the demons entered and she
    more properly sung:
    "Went in Satan"
    went in sayan, whatever
    she lost her mind! so to speak
    her's is the cunning, as she grew up
    for men... she now preyed on men (for money, etc??)
    a sociopath or other traumatized person

    the sunny day is a reference to the darkness
    she views the days from
    Uncle Salty is now her father, so2speak

    it can mean
    if you don't raise your children
    Uncle Salty will...
    10weston December 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwas girl whos mum n dad were rough- her mum was a prostitute
    one day they left her so she was an orphan uncle salty was the one who lived near her he saw what was happening but just watched
    as the girl grows up she needs to make money so she turns to prostitution like her mum
    tyler_girlon April 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTrusted till the orphan bleeds?
    I don't get that...

    Her mom was a prostitute, her dad a criminal, probably a drug dealer; she left and he went to jail. Uncle Salty is her brother, I think, and raises her. He thinks she won't take after her mom but then...
    "Soon she found her mother's love for all the others"

    Cunning = c*nt? U know its probably right.

    "It's a sunny day outside my window"- maybe Uncle Salty is taking a break from his dark story to acknowledge a beautiful day. Or maybe he's trying to say she had a son. Maybe one of the members of Areosmith's mom was a hooker!
    Shep420on June 27, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Left her to be trusted till the orphan bleeds" likely means that Salty (her brother most likely) was entrusted with raising her until she was old enough to look after herself. Think of a girl reaching menarche as now being a woman, and therefore old enough to do what she wants. "Cunning" definitely would be a play on "cunny," meaning that sex is the only thing that brings men to her, and by connection the only way she is able to feel wanted or loved. I think it's very likely that the song is supposed to be sung from the perspective of the girl's child, who is asking his Uncle Salty (his mother's brother) what happened to his mother. The "sunny day outside my window" refers to the fact that even though there's a beautiful world out there, he feels trapped behind glass, unable to properly enjoy life, only able to watch others enjoy it.
    crazydiamond1to9on December 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentBrilliant song. Sounds like everybody else has it figured out.
    OpinionHeadon January 01, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti pretty much agree with everyone else, except i think the "sunny day outside my window" is from the girl's perspective when she was a child.

    she was home alone, with her mother out bar-hopping, and the only thing that cheered her up was looking outside from her window --- but she was afraid to go out, because there was no one to watch after her.
    c204on October 10, 2016   Link

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