Videos by American Songwriter
17. “Sister Morphine”
Although most people would envy their lifestyle, the Stones have never been shy about showing its downside. “Sister Morphine” is a harrowing portrait of the drug culture, as the narrator beseeches his personified drugs of choice, cocaine and morphine, to show him some mercy. The song was recorded during the Let It Bleed sessions featuring special guest Ry Cooder on slide guitar, but wasn’t released until Sticky Fingers came out in 1971. Marianne Faithfull got a co-writing credit with Jagger and Richards.