Uncle Salty

Album: Toys In The Attic (1975)
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Songfacts®:

  • Far less condemning than Aerosmith's other child abuse song, Janie's Got A Gun, "Uncle Salty" was written by the group's bass player Tom Hamilton and lead singer Steven Tyler. In the Aerosmith biography Walk The Way, Tyler explains it was "just a fantasy I had of being a madame, the boss of a bordello: work with the girls, hire and fire, keep things running. Salty worked in a home for lost children and had his way with this little girl. That's what it's about. I'm the little girl, the orphaned boy. I put myself in that place. I'm Uncle Salty too."
  • Tom Hamilton, the band's bassist, plays rhythm guitar on this song. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Randy - Colerain Twp., OH

Comments: 5

  • Glenn Taylor from RichmondI always felt the lyrics were sad and when no one came, she killed herself from the anguish. It's a sunny day also meant she knew there was a good life out there for her, but couldn't leave. Uncle Salty was no doubt the evil pimp. The fact that he was a child molester on top of it kind of made him disgusting. I also picked up a port of call, dock workers, ship mate vibe. I don't know why, that's just what I always "felt" from the music. Upbeat but sad, disturbing.
  • Don from Willoughby, OhDo you notice how much Shania Twain - Man! I Feel Like A Woman, sounds like Uncle Salty?
    Shania released it in March 1999 as the seventh single from Twain's album Come On Over. It was written by Mutt Lange and Twain.
  • Susie from Riverside, CaActually, I know what the song is about. It's about a chick (me) in the mid 70's. She was telling Steven one afternoon about her abusive childhood and how she came to be living in La Jolla with a drug dealer, who Steven was visiting at the time, after she had been a dancer in San Diego. She told Steven her story and he wrote it down that very day. "It's a Sunny Day outside My Window" is a direct quote by me about the fact we never went outside, despite the glorious California weather. It was written down during Aerosmith's first California tour where they played the Whiskey A Go Go as well as San Diego. It is one of Steven's very best songs.
  • Robert from Waltham, MaTheir producer along with outside collaborators wrote some great stuff for the band back then.
  • Barry from Greenville, NcThe juxtaposition of optimism ("it's a sunny day outside my window") with the painful loneliness and neglect of Baby ("when she cried at night no one came . . went insane") makes this quite an interesting song. Perhaps a precursor to "Janie's Got A Gun."
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