"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 my pain is so strong

All the other patients say they've never seen a man with such pain,
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 soundin' in my ear
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 frosty floor
Can't you see, sister morphine, just trying to score

Well, it just goes to show, things are not what they seem
Please, sister morphine, turn my nightmare into dreams

Oh, can't you see I'm fading fast
And that this shot will be the last
Please, cousin cocaine, lay your cool hands on my head
Hey, sister morphine, you'd better make up the lyin' bed
'Cause you know and I know, in the morning I'll be dead,
And you can sit around and watch, the clean white sheets stain red

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"Sister Morphine" as written by Marieanne Faithfull Keith Richards

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    General CommentSo painful and greatly interpreted by Marianne Faithfull. It hurts to listen to that song.
    blundertownon February 19, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"What may have triggered the idea for the song (and "the clean white sheets stained red") was an incident on the boat to Brazil with Mick, Keith and Anita. Anita was pregnant with Marlon at the time and after a few days at sea she began bleeding badly and she panicked. She called the doctor and he eventually gave her a shot of morphine. I remember that Keith and I were very proud of her in that idiotic junkie way. "Wow! You managed to score a hit of morphine!"
    -p. 165/166 of Faithfull: An Autobiography
    laurelinwyntreon November 29, 2007   Link

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