Sister Morphine (2009 Re-Mastered Digital Version) (5:32)

Cover of Sticky Fingers

From Sticky Fingers

“Sister Morphine” is a song originally released by British singer Marianne Faithfull, as a single in 1969. It was later popularized by the rock and roll band The Rolling Stones, who included it on their 1971 album release Sticky Fingers. It was originally credited to Jagger/Richards, but after a legal battle, Marianne Faithful has been credited as co-writer.

Recording and release

Marianne’s version has Mick Jagger on acoustic guitar, Charlie Watts on drums, Ry Cooder on slide, and Jack Nitzsche, the producer, on piano.

Only 500 copies of “Sister Morphine” went out, according to Faithfull it was actually the B-side to “Something Better”.

The Stones’ version was recorded in May and June 1969, but never released as a single. It features Jagger singing, Ry Cooder on bottleneck guitar, Keith Richards on acoustic guitar, and Jack Nitzsche on piano.

Faithfull’s name appeared on the credits of the 1994 remastered release of Sticky Fingers.

The song was performed during the Rolling Stones’ 1997/1998 Bridges to Babylon Tour. A live recording was captured and released on the 1999 live album No Security.


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Here I lie in my hospital bed
Tell me, Sister Morphine
When are you coming round again?
Oh, I don't think I can wait that long

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  • 69chicken

    Great Stones tune. Look into the epilogue Keith Richards wrote for Etta James. Wer'e only as sick as our secrets.

    23 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Spacerock07

    oh, this feeling....

    8 Apr 2010 Reply
  • mad_man_on_mic

    .. I think I like SWAY alot more.. yep. SWAY is definitely more of my 'style'

    31 Mar 2010 Reply
  • mad_man_on_mic

    I didnt know half of that about this song. Never actually recall hearing this one before tho.. and only thought of Mariann Faithful as a country singer ( dont know if she actually is)...

    31 Mar 2010 Reply
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  • grtwyt

    The agony and the extasy, so so scary. Stay off the dope kids !!!!

    13 Nov 2009 Reply
  • DrBlur

    Harrowing and amazing

    28 Oct 2009 Reply
  • ungefiltert

    Nettes Stück... aber die sehr eng mit den Stones verbandelte *Marianne Faithfull* hat ebenfalls eine sehr schöne Version davon aufgenommen....

    8 Oct 2009 Reply

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