Memory Motel (7:06)

Cover of Pearls at Swine: 1978 Woodstock Rehearsals (disc 2)

From Pearls at Swine: 1978 Woodstock Rehearsals (disc 2) and 3 other releases

“Memory Motel” is a song from rock and roll band The Rolling Stones’ 1976 album Black and Blue.
A ballad, the song is credited to singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards (Richard at the time). It is a significant song as it is one of the few which feature both members sharing lead vocals. The song itself runs over seven minutes, one of the longest songs by the Rolling Stones.

Jagger began writing the song before beginning the Stones’ Tour of the Americas ‘75 while staying with Richards at Andy Warhol’s house in Montauk, and finished it while on tour. This is reflected in the song’s lyrics where Jagger describes having to leave for Baton Rouge, where the Stones played two warm up shows at Louisiana State University, and where he describes subsequent experiences on the road.
The title comes from an actual motel in Montauk, on Long Island. The lyrics to the song have long drawn speculation as to who the “Hannah baby” in the lyrics refer to. Carly Simon is often a name considered, due to Jagger’s descriptions of the woman throughout the song; ‘Hannah’ was in reference to Annie Liebovitz, who was the Rolling Stones 1975 Tour of the Americas photographer. She spent time with the band during their rehearsals at Andy Warhol’s complex near Montauk.


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Hannah baby was a peachy kind of girl
Her eyes were hazel and her nose were slightly curved
We spent a lonely night at the memory motel
It's on the ocean, I guess you know it well

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