Memo from Turner*
(*Rolling Stones version)

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
First release: Metamorphosis, June 1975
Recording date: November 1968         Recording location: Olympic Sound Studios, London, England
Producer: Jimmy Miller        Never performed onstage

Probable line-up:

Drums: Charlie Watts
Bass: Bill Wyman
Rhythm electric guitar: Keith Richards
Lead electric guitar: Al Kooper
Vocal: Mick Jagger

Didn't I see you down in San Antone
On a hot and dusty night?
Weren't you eating eggs at Sammy's there
When the black man drew the knife?

Didn't you drown the Jew and wrapped him with
His office sleeveless shirt
With a Spanish-speaking gentleman
The one that we call Kirk?

Come now, gentlemen
There must be some mistake
How forgetful I'm becoming
Now you've fixed your business straight

Weren't you at the (...)
Way back in 1956?
You're a faggot, little leather boy
With a smaller piece of stick

You're a lashing, smashing hunk of man
Your sweat shines sweet and strong
Your organ's working perfectly
But there's a part that's screwed on wrong

Ah weren't you at the Coke convention
Back in 1965?
You're the misbred, grey executive
That I've seen heavily advertised

You're the man who's careful (...)
You're the man who squats behind the man
Who works the soft machine

Come now, gentlemen
Your love is all I crave
You'll still be in the circus
When I'm laughing, laughing in my grave

Yeah when the old men do the fighting
And the young men all look on
And the young girls eat their mommies' meat
From tubes of plasticon

So be wary, please, my gentle friends
Of all the skins you breed
They have a nasty habit, that is
They bite the hand that feeds

So remember who you say you are
And keep your trousers clean
Boys will be boys and play with toys
So be strong with your beast

So Rosie dear, don't you think it's queer
So stop me if you please
The baby's dead, my lady said
You schmucks all work for me

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