"Sister Morphine" as written by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Marieanne Faithfull....
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
Oh, you see that I'm not that strong

The scream of the ambulance is sounding in my ears
Tell me, sister Morphine, how long have I been lying here?
What am I doing in this place?
Why does the doctor have no face?

Oh, I can't crawl across the floor
Ah, can't you see, Sister Morphine, I'm trying to score

Well it just goes to show
Things are not what they seem
Please, sister Morphine, turn my nightmares into dreams
Oh, can't you see I'm fading fast?
And that this shot will be my last

Sweet cousin Cocaine, lay your cool cool hand on my head
Ah, come on, sister Morphine, you better make up my bed
'Cause you know and I know in the morning I'll be dead
Yeah, and you can sit around, yeah and you can watch all
The clean white sheets stained red


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"Sister Morphine" as written by Marieanne Faithfull Keith Richards

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    General Commenthidden meaning?

    the damn song has morphine in its title.

    'tell me, sister morphine, when are you coming round again?'

    'oh sweet cousin cocaine, lay your cool cool hand on my head'

    hidden?
    kingmikekingon April 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI lol'd a good lol at kingmikeking's comment. He's dead on. The Stones have said that they never wrote songs about drugs, and for some of them you could make the case that they're not about drugs, even though they are (Before They Make Me Run, Rocks off to name a couple), but for Sister Morphine for the love of god, come on, what else could it be? It's not a couple lines, it's every line. And what's worse than all the ppl who say every Stones song, every Doors song (although true lol), every Beatles song, every Dylan song is about drugs, is all the people that say none of their songs are about drugs. Lol, wake up. This song is as blatant as possible.
    FootOfPrideon November 22, 2010   Link
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    MemoryThe lyrics are just what they are. If you have ever had the fortune of unwanted visit to a class one trauma unit or trauma unit in a military hospital it is clear that these lyrics speak of death. It also speaks of being enslaved to morphine. I had successfully escaped addiction and was living a normal life until a tree almost killed me and two other people. I remember it raining and the paramedic stabilizing for transport when he gave me something for the pain. See my lower legbones were protruding out from my lower leg and a couple of my ribs were broken. They hit me with the morphine and the nightmare has begun......
    cml5con December 27, 2012   Link
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    General CommentMarianne Faithful had something to do with the writing of this song though she was of course not credited. This is the only song from Sticky Fingers that I don't like.
    JumpyJackon January 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe Stones didn't write this song for Marianne. Marianne wrote it herself, and it is simply a made-up story she thought of. Not all songs are based around themselves/experiences. However I still believe there is a hint of Marianne in there.
    ktbiz11on March 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTo those who like a happy ending: there was some sort of legal brouhaha a few years ago, the upshot of which was that Marianne Faithfull got her credit. However, I never quite understood it, as she was already credited on my copy of the CD! I love this song.
    morbid moragon May 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPerhaps the darkest of the Rolling Stones songs. Lyrics are obvious in meaning and were very much assisted by Marianne Faithfull's personal experience. No surprise that she had co-writing credits.
    bigglesworthon July 13, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my favorite 'drug' song. of the the songs about heroin [and there are many], i think that this one is the most painful. my favorite stones song by far.
    kingmikekingon April 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWell i have never done heroin, but a song like this makes you almost want to be adicted to the stuff. This song is hauntingly awesome. (also the Sticky fingers album is one of the best albums of all time, i n my humble opinion)
    buchoson January 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHow do you spell the sound effect when something goes right over someone's head? Yeeeeeeeeeeeooowwwn!
    JumpyJackon May 28, 2005   Link

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