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"Little T&A"
Song by The Rolling Stones
from the album Tattoo You
Released 24 August 1981
Recorded January–February 1979, April–June 1981
Genre Rock, rock and roll
Length 3:23
Label Rolling Stones/Virgin
Songwriter(s) Jagger/Richards
Producer(s) The Glimmer Twins
Tattoo You track listing
11 tracks
Side one
  1. "Start Me Up"
  2. "Hang Fire"
  3. "Slave"
  4. "Little T&A"
  5. "Black Limousine"
  6. "Neighbours"
Side two
  1. "Worried About You"
  2. "Tops"
  3. "Heaven"
  4. "No Use in Crying"
  5. "Waiting on a Friend"

"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. He originally began writing the song in the early months of 1979 with the intention of having the song featured on 1980s 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 straightforward rocker, although Richards claims to have been influenced by rockabilly in his guitar performance. The song opens with a trademark riff from Richards, who plays bass and electric guitar along with Ronnie Wood. Ian Stewart performs on piano for the song and Jagger provides backing vocals along with Richards and Wood. Charlie Watts plays 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 song has a distinctive ending featuring a breakdown of song's riff and beat. While the title of the song is never sung, a frequently repeated chorus: "She's my little rock & roll/My tits and ass with soul, baby" is featured throughout.

"Little T&A" was performed throughout the American Tour 1981, and Richards reinstated it to the band's setlist during the 2006 leg of the Stones' A Bigger Bang Tour, when it was played frequently. A live performance captured for the documentary Shine a Light was included on the soundtrack of the same name. As evident on many bootleg recordings, the song was played frequently on Richards' 1988 and 1992 tours with the X-Pensive Winos in support of Talk Is Cheap and Main Offender records. The song played on the soundtrack of the 2012 movie Argo which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2013. The inclusion of the track was in error in that the movie was set in 1979-1980 which predates the recording of this track.



  1. ^ "Keith Richards – Interview". Rolling Stone (magazine) 12 November 1981.


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