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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

The Rolling Stones - Sister Morphine Lyrics


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  • I don't think it's about Marianne or Brian Jones or any generic junkie business, if you listen to the lyrics it sounds to me we have a person rushed off in an ambulance mortally wounded, looking to score morphine from the nurse mostly because of the terrible pain...
  • true classic
  • Oh, I don't think I can wait that long, oh, you see that I'm not that strong
  • One of my favorite Stones songs. Underrated as fuck.
  • from the greatest stones lp of all...sticky fingers
  • they were so good in the 60's and 70's
  • At about 2:37 into the song when the drums kick in...that my friends is shit hot!!!!
  • (Marianne Faithfull) wrote a couple of lines; she always says she wrote everything, though. I can’t even tell you which ones. She’s always complaining she doesn’t get enough money from it. Now she says she should have got it all. It’s not what we think it was – it’s not about Marianne Faithfull? No. If you listen to the lyrics – that’s what I remember, anyway. “Here I lie in my hospital bed.” Cousin Cocaine? Yeah, that’s the bit she wrote. - Mick Jagger, 1995
  • Marianne Faithfull, I think, wrote the words to this after Brian Jones had died, and she had suffered some other calamities relating to drugs. I like Keith's menacing guitar work on this, and that echoing harpsichord (right?).
  • for what is surely one of the best recordings of the last 60 years this song really screams out for notice. though its no Moonlight Mile, or Sway it stands up to its AOR radio competitors any day. a real statement of a time and a lifestyle and phenomenology that transcends those demarcations

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