Dear Doctor (3:22)

Cover of Beggars Banquet

From Beggars Banquet and 8 other releases

“Dear Doctor” is a song by English rock and roll band the Rolling Stones featured on their 1968 album Beggars Banquet.

Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, “Dear Doctor” is country song with blues inflections. It is a good example of the acoustic guitar-based compositions that has earned Beggars Banquet its reputation as the Stones’ “return to form”. Bill Janovitz says in his review of the song, “With all acoustic instruments — guitar, tack piano, 12-string, harmonica, tambourine, and upright bass — …the band manages to sound authentically old-time and primitive, with Mick Jagger employing the fake-American hick accent that he would continue to mine in future blues and country numbers throughout the Stones’ career.”

On the Stones’ experiments with country, Jagger said in 2003, “The country songs, like ‘Factory Girl’ or ‘Dear Doctor’, on Beggars Banquet were really pastiche. There’s a sense of humour in country music anyway, a way of looking at life in a humorous kind of way - and I think we were just acknowledging that element of the music.”

Janovitz concludes, “Jagger may be poking fun a little, but he could not nail the parlance of the characters so precisely if he had not studied it closely as a fan of the music… In a sense, they have been musicologists, interpreting musical forms that were in danger of dying out.

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Oh help me, please doctor, I'm damaged
There's a pain where there once was a heart
It's sleepin, it's a beatin'
Can't ya please tear it out, and preserve it

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