Jim’s theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is siblings. ‘ Leonard Cohen’s ‘Sisters of Mercy’ was the first song that came to my mind, but I’ve already deployed it in this thread.
Fortunately, I then recalled one of the deeper cuts from the Rolling Stones’ seminal ‘Sticky Fingers’ album, released in 1971. Like most people, I suspect, the fact that two years earlier it had been released as the B-side of a Marianne Faithfull single had completely passed me by.
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.
Written by Marianne Faithfull, Mick Jagger & Keith Richards