Keith Richards gave the backstory on writing this song in his 2010 autobiography, Life
: "It just came, tripping off the tongue, then and there. When you're writing this s--t, you've got your face in front of the microphone, spit it out... It was just alliteration, trying to set up a story. There has to be some thin plot line, although in a lot of my songs you'd be very hard-pressed to find it. But here, you're broke and it's evening. And you want to go out, but you ain't got s--t. I'm busted before I start. I need a love to keep me happy, because if it's real love it will be free! Don't have to pay for it. I need a love to keep me happy because I've spent the f--king money and I have none left, and it's nighttime and I'm looking to have a good time, but I ain't got s--t."