Australian singles chart:
Honky Tonk Women entered the Kent charts on 26 July 1969 and peaked at #1. The song was #2 on the Top 100 of 1969.
In Honky Tonk Women, Mick Jagger sings about having a go with two different honky tonk women. The first is a “gin-soaked, bar-room queen in Memphis” – likely a prostitue. The second is a “divorcée in New York City.” Jagger would sometimes introduce it as being “a song for all the whores in the audience.”
Like many Rolling Stones songs, it has highly suggestive lyrics, but they are just subtle enough to keep it from getting banned by radio stations. British rock bands often wrote lyrics that were ambiguously offensive, falling just in line with BBC guidelines for airplay. A good example in this song is, “She blew my nose and then she blew my mind,” which implies both cocaine and sex, but didn’t give the BBC any specific reason to ban it.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/the-rolling-stones/honky-tonk-women
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