Little T&A (3:23)

Cover of Tattoo You

From Tattoo You and 1 other release

“Little T&A” is the fourth song on rock and roll band the Rolling Stones’ 1981 album Tattoo You. The song is sung by guitarist Keith Richards.

Credited to usual Stones scribes Mick Jagger and Richards, “Little T&A” was largely a Richards composition. Richards originally began writing the song in the early months of 1979 with the intention of having the song featured on 1980’s Emotional Rescue. Left off that album it re-emerged for Tattoo You two years later. The band began reworking the track in mid-1981.

The song is a straight forward rocker, although Richards claims to have been influenced by rockabilly in his guitar performance. The song opens with a trademark riff from Richards, who performs bass and electric guitars along with Ron Wood. Ian Stewart performs pianos for the song and Jagger provides backing vocals along with Richards and Wood. Charlie Watts performs drums.

The lyrics of “Little T&A” were described by Richards at the time as being about, “…every good time I’ve had with somebody I’d met for a night or two and never seen again. And also about the shit that sometimes goes down when you just sort of bump into people unknowingly, and not knowing the scene you’re walking in on, you know? You pick up a chick and end up spending the night in the tank, you know?”[1] The lyrics see Richards bemoan that lifestyle;
“ The heat’s raiding, the tracks is fading; Joint’s rocking, could be anytime at all; But the bitch keep bitching, the snitcher keeps snitching; Dropping names and telephone numbers and all, well ”

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