The Rolling Stones – Where “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” was written
Jack Tar Harrison Hotel, Currently the Fort Harrison, 210 S. Fort Harrison, Clearwater, Florida.
Mick Jagger wrote the lyrics to the Rolling Stone classic “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by the pool at the Jack Tar Harrison Hotel on May 6, 1965. The Stones returned from performing a show at Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater. Police stopped the show after only four songs due to a raucous crowd. Frustrated, Jagger went down to the pool and came up with the lyrics to the iconic guitar riff that Keith Richards had written in his sleep.
“When I woke up in the morning, the tape had run out,” Richards recalled many years later. “I put it back on, and there’s this, maybe, 30 seconds of ‘Satisfaction,’ in a very drowsy sort of rendition. And then it suddenly, the guitar goes ‘CLANG’ and then there’s like 45 minutes of snoring.” It wasn’t much to go on, but he played it for Mick Jagger later that same day.
“He only had the first bit, and then he had the riff,” Jagger recalls. “It sounded like a country sort of thing on acoustic guitar—it didn’t sound like rock. But he didn’t really like it, he thought it was a joke. He really didn’t think it was single material, and we all said ‘You’re off your head.’ Which he was, of course.”
Jagger wrote the lyrics by the pool at the Jack Tar, just days before they went into Chess Studio in Chicago to record it. The hotel still stands today under the name The Fort Harrision and is owned by the Church of Scientology.