No. 62: ‘Sister Morphine’ – Top 100 Rolling Stones Songs
Unlike ‘As Tears Go By,’ which was actually a bigger hit in the United Kingdom for Marianne Faithfull than it was for the Rolling Stones, the Stones emerged with the more popular version of this 1971 single when compared to Mick’s longtime romantic partner.
Seen as one of the more controversial tracks of the band’s career, the song served as a vivid depiction of a junkie’s anticipation of when he can score his next fix.
The electric guitar heard on the track creates an especially haunting atmosphere, with Jagger’s virtually breathless vocals only lending more drama to the sense of desperation for the song’s subject.
Listen to the Rolling Stones ‘Sister Morphine’