Rod Stewart – Hot Legs

This is my contribution to Song Lyric Sunday for Jim Adams’s blog. This week’s prompt…Arms/Elbows/Knees/Legs.

From his 1977 album, Foot Loose & Fancy Free. The song reached #28 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart on May 1, 1978. It has been rumored that the legs in the video belong to actress Jenilee Harrison who played Cindy on the TV show Three’s Company.

From Songfacts

Stewart refers to this rocker as one of his “dirty, rude, shagging songs.” It tells the story of a young lady who won’t leave him alone, wearing him out when she comes by for some lovin’ at all hours. We never learn her name and get the sense that he doesn’t know it – he just calls her “hot legs.”

Many found it objectionable, but it was a believable storyline from Stewart, who was very popular with the ladies. At the time, he was involved with the actress Britt Ekland; he would later marry Alana Hamilton, Rachel Hunter and Penny Lancaster.

Stewart is the sole songwriter on this track. It’s reminiscent of a song he released with his group Faces in 1971 called “Stay With Me,” where he beds a girl but makes sure she’s gone by morning. In “Hot Legs,” he repeats this request:

You can love me tonight if you want
But in the morning make sure you’re gone

Vanilla Fudge drummer Carmine Appice was a recent addition to Stewart’s band and played on this track. Other personell included Billy Peek, Jim Cregan and Gary Grainger on guitars, Phil Kenzie on saxophone, Phil Chen on bass and John Jarvis on organ.

The music video, directed by Bruce Gowers, doubled down on the objectification angle, with most shot framed between the legs of a woman we never see from the front (skinny legs – easier for framing but also the popular look at the time). Shot in the dusty town of Piru, California (outside of Los Angeles), the clip shows Stewart and his band performing the song, hanging out with locals, and riding recklessly on top of a truck – boys will be boys.

This was four years before MTV, but Stewart made videos for most of his singles because there were many outlets in Europe that showed them.

Hot Legs

Who’s that knockin’ on my door?
It’s gotta be a quarter to four
Is it you again, comin’ round for more?
Well, you can love me tonight if you want
But in the morning make sure you’re gone
I’m talkin’ to you
Hot legs, you’re wearin’ me out
Hot legs, you can scream and shout
Hot legs, are you still in school?
I love you honey
You got a most persuasive tongue
You promise all kinds of fun
But what you don’t understand, I’m a working man
I’m gonna need a shot of vitamin E
By the time you’re finished with me
I’m talkin’ to you
Hot legs, you’re an alley cat
Hot legs, you scratch my back
Hot legs, bring your mother too
I love you, honey
Imagine how my daddy felt
In your jet black suspender belt
Seventeen years old,
He’s trudging sixty four
You got legs right up to your neck
You’re makin’ me a physical wreck
I’m talkin’ to you
Hot legs in your satin shoes
Hot legs, are you still in school?
Hot legs, you’re makin’ me a fool
I love you, honey
Hot legs, you’re makin’ your mark
Hot legs, keep my pencil sharp
Hot legs, keep your hands to yourself
I love you, honey
Hot legs you’re wearin’ me out
Hot legs you can scream and shout
Hot legs, you’re still in school
I love you, honey
Hot legs
Hot legs
Hot legs
Hot legs you’re well-equipped
Hot legs oh your pussy’s whipped
Hot legs I just love your lips
I love ya
I love ya
I love ya, honey
Hot legs
Hot legs
Hot legs
I love ya honey!
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Rod Stewart

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