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The Rolling Stones — Sister Morphine (live)
Album: No Security
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Released: 1998
Length: 6:01
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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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 chinaski wrote:
Today is my birthday. I am 63. As this song plays on RP I am opening the ...

... *sigh* I'm getting old.
 
Getting old sure beats the alternative.

As Ian Dury said: "All I want for my birthday is another birthday".
 chinaski wrote:
......The only drawback to that whole unforgettable show was seeing Clapton in such bad form onstage as he was in the midst of transitioning from heroin addiction into alcoholism.....
 
Great post chinaski!   

As for Eric Clapton, I believe that fly fishing for trout suits him better.  

Keeps me off the street, away from the pills, out of the bottle, etc.  
Paid $75 per ticket to get my older son, wife -- now ex -- and me into Ted Turner Field for the Stones in 2002.  (Could it really have been that long ago?  The internet says, "yes".)

Fabulous.  Keith played half the show with a cigarette jammed into his tuning keys.  Thirty-foot flames during Jumping Jack Flash.  And Mick danced the whole show, on a walkway placed ten feet above the crowd.
I paid $1100 to get into the Stones show at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia in 2002.  At the time I rationalized the expense because there seemed no way it could possibly be worth all that money.  My wife, god love her (she did not attend), pushed me over the top when she told me to "go for it".

Today all I remember is that they played: Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, No Expectations, Hand Of Fate, Hot Stuff, Heart Of Stone, Going To A Go-Go, and Love Train.  All in a theater setting with 3000 in attendance.

Best concert I ever saw.  EASILY worth those long forgotten dollars spent.

Would do it again.

chinaski wrote:

Today is my birthday. I am 63. As this song plays on RP I am opening the Ticketmaster postal envelope containing the four Stones tickets I bought for the May 31st 2019 show here at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Four tickets. $1,387.00 which I bought online with my credit card. Four tickets, nearly fourteen hundred bucks. What is wrong with me?
Rewind to 1975. I'm 19, my buddy and I are hanging out at my house in Linden NJ listening to WNEW FM when Professor Irwin Corey is on the air announcing the five nights of Stones concerts at Madison Square Garden, the studio broadcast then cuts to live coverage of the Stones playing on the back of a flatbed truck cruising the streets of NYC and then the announcement the tickets are on sale RIGHT NOW at your local Ticketron outlet.
My buddy and I crash into each other as we scramble out the door to get to the bank drive up teller window to withdraw cash to then get to our Ticketron outlet before the rest of the town does. Finally we're in line at Ticketron but fortunately not too far from the door and we got our tickets. It was truly a major financial setback getting those tickets at twelve dollars apiece, the most we had ever paid for any concert tickets. Who do the Stones think they are charging $12 for a ticket?!? We bought six tickets in all, shelling out the seventy two bucks and processing fees. In 1975 seventy two bucks was an unaffordable extravagance for a 19 year old but it was for THE ROLLING STONES live at the Garden!!!  Yes, the show was an incredible extravaganza, the 100 piece steel drum orchestra parade opening, the lotus flower stage, Billy Preston on the keyboards, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton making guest cameo appearances, the inflatable phallus for Starf*cker, the whole absolutely outrageous shebang of a Stones concert. The only drawback to that whole unforgettable show was seeing Clapton in such bad form onstage as he was in the midst of transitioning from heroin addiction into alcoholism.
Anyway, all's well with all of them now and I've seen the whole lot of them in concert bunches of times since then.
$12 for a Stones ticket in 1975
Forty three years later it's $345 for a concert in 2019 where the ticket price range was $175 for the cheap seats up to $1600 for standing near the stage.
*sigh* I'm getting old.
 
 chinaski wrote: this comment inspired me to create an account so I could like it (wish I could click love!) Thanks. I have similar stories about going to see the Stones so it really resonated.
Today is my birthday. I am 63. As this song plays on RP I am opening the Ticketmaster postal envelope containing the four Stones tickets I bought for the May 31st 2019 show here at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Four tickets. $1,387.00 which I bought online with my credit card. Four tickets, nearly fourteen hundred bucks. What is wrong with me?
Rewind to 1975. I'm 19, my buddy and I are hanging out at my house in Linden NJ listening to WNEW FM when Professor Irwin Corey is on the air announcing the five nights of Stones concerts at Madison Square Garden, the studio broadcast then cuts to live coverage of the Stones playing on the back of a flatbed truck cruising the streets of NYC and then the announcement the tickets are on sale RIGHT NOW at your local Ticketron outlet.
My buddy and I crash into each other as we scramble out the door to get to the bank drive up teller window to withdraw cash to then get to our Ticketron outlet before the rest of the town does. Finally we're in line at Ticketron but fortunately not too far from the door and we got our tickets. It was truly a major financial setback getting those tickets at twelve dollars apiece, the most we had ever paid for any concert tickets. Who do the Stones think they are charging $12 for a ticket?!? We bought six tickets in all, shelling out the seventy two bucks and processing fees. In 1975 seventy two bucks was an unaffordable extravagance for a 19 year old but it was for THE ROLLING STONES live at the Garden!!!  Yes, the show was an incredible extravaganza, the 100 piece steel drum orchestra parade opening, the lotus flower stage, Billy Preston on the keyboards, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton making guest cameo appearances, the inflatable phallus for Starf*cker, the whole absolutely outrageous shebang of a Stones concert. The only drawback to that whole unforgettable show was seeing Clapton in such bad form onstage as he was in the midst of transitioning from heroin addiction into alcoholism.
Anyway, all's well with all of them now and I've seen the whole lot of them in concert bunches of times since then.
$12 for a Stones ticket in 1975
Forty three years later it's $345 for a concert in 2019 where the ticket price range was $175 for the cheap seats up to $1600 for standing near the stage.
*sigh* I'm getting old.
 

 chinaski wrote:
Today is my birthday. I am 63. As this song plays on RP I am opening the Ticketmaster postal envelope containing the four Stones tickets I bought for the May 31st 2019 show here at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Four tickets. $1,387.00 which I bought online with my credit card. Four tickets, nearly fourteen hundred bucks. What is wrong with me?
Rewind to 1975. I'm 19, my buddy and I are hanging out at my house in Linden NJ listening to WNEW FM when Professor Irwin Corey is on the air announcing the five nights of Stones concerts at Madison Square Garden, the studio broadcast then cuts to live coverage of the Stones playing on the back of a flatbed truck cruising the streets of NYC and then the announcement the tickets are on sale RIGHT NOW at your local Ticketron outlet.
My buddy and I crash into each other as we scramble out the door to get to the bank drive up teller window to withdraw cash to then get to our Ticketron outlet before the rest of the town does. Finally we're in line at Ticketron but fortunately not too far from the door and we got our tickets. It was truly a major financial setback getting those tickets at twelve dollars apiece, the most we had ever paid for any concert tickets. Who do the Stones think they are charging $12 for a ticket?!? We bought six tickets in all, shelling out the seventy two bucks and processing fees. In 1975 seventy two bucks was an unaffordable extravagance for a 19 year old but it was for THE ROLLING STONES live at the Garden!!!  Yes, the show was an incredible extravaganza, the 100 piece steel drum orchestra parade opening, the lotus flower stage, Billy Preston on the keyboards, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton making guest cameo appearances, the inflatable phallus for Starf*cker, the whole absolutely outrageous shebang of a Stones concert. The only drawback to that whole unforgettable show was seeing Clapton in such bad form onstage as he was in the midst of transitioning from heroin addiction into alcoholism.
Anyway, all's well with all of them now and I've seen the whole lot of them in concert bunches of times since then.
$12 for a Stones ticket in 1975
Forty three years later it's $345 for a concert in 2019 where the ticket price range was $175 for the cheap seats up to $1600 for standing near the stage.
*sigh* I'm getting old.
 

 Little fella don't know nothin bout Morphine. Ya need to go to Johnny Winter, Steve Earle, Lou Reed, Gram or Townes for that knowledge. 
 BKardon wrote:
This seems like a castrated version, much prefer the studio cut.
 

This seems like a live version.  Why can't it be as exacting as one cut in the studio multiple times, edited, and released 28 years prior? 

Things that make you go hmmm.  Or not.
nice and interesting story

chinaski wrote:
Today is my birthday. I am 63. As this song plays on RP I am opening the Ticketmaster postal envelope containing the four Stones tickets I bought for the May 31st 2019 show here at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Four tickets. $1,387.00 which I bought online with my credit card. Four tickets, nearly fourteen hundred bucks. What is wrong with me?
Rewind to 1975. I'm 19, my buddy and I are hanging out at my house in Linden NJ listening to WNEW FM when Professor Irwin Corey is on the air announcing the five nights of Stones concerts at Madison Square Garden, the studio broadcast then cuts to live coverage of the Stones playing on the back of a flatbed truck cruising the streets of NYC and then the announcement the tickets are on sale RIGHT NOW at your local Ticketron outlet.
My buddy and I crash into each other as we scramble out the door to get to the bank drive up teller window to withdraw cash to then get to our Ticketron outlet before the rest of the town does. Finally we're in line at Ticketron but fortunately not too far from the door and we got our tickets. It was truly a major financial setback getting those tickets at twelve dollars apiece, the most we had ever paid for any concert tickets. Who do the Stones think they are charging $12 for a ticket?!? We bought six tickets in all, shelling out the seventy two bucks and processing fees. In 1975 seventy two bucks was an unaffordable extravagance for a 19 year old but it was for THE ROLLING STONES live at the Garden!!!  Yes, the show was an incredible extravaganza, the 100 piece steel drum orchestra parade opening, the lotus flower stage, Billy Preston on the keyboards, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton making guest cameo appearances, the inflatable phallus for Starf*cker, the whole absolutely outrageous shebang of a Stones concert. The only drawback to that whole unforgettable show was seeing Clapton in such bad form onstage as he was in the midst of transitioning from heroin addiction into alcoholism.
Anyway, all's well with all of them now and I've seen the whole lot of them in concert bunches of times since then.
$12 for a Stones ticket in 1975
Forty three years later it's $345 for a concert in 2019 where the ticket price range was $175 for the cheap seats up to $1600 for standing near the stage.
*sigh* I'm getting old.
 

Today is my birthday. I am 63. As this song plays on RP I am opening the Ticketmaster postal envelope containing the four Stones tickets I bought for the May 31st 2019 show here at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Four tickets. $1,387.00 which I bought online with my credit card. Four tickets, nearly fourteen hundred bucks. What is wrong with me?
Rewind to 1975. I'm 19, my buddy and I are hanging out at my house in Linden NJ listening to WNEW FM when Professor Irwin Corey is on the air announcing the five nights of Stones concerts at Madison Square Garden, the studio broadcast then cuts to live coverage of the Stones playing on the back of a flatbed truck cruising the streets of NYC and then the announcement the tickets are on sale RIGHT NOW at your local Ticketron outlet.
My buddy and I crash into each other as we scramble out the door to get to the bank drive up teller window to withdraw cash to then get to our Ticketron outlet before the rest of the town does. Finally we're in line at Ticketron but fortunately not too far from the door and we got our tickets. It was truly a major financial setback getting those tickets at twelve dollars apiece, the most we had ever paid for any concert tickets. Who do the Stones think they are charging $12 for a ticket?!? We bought six tickets in all, shelling out the seventy two bucks and processing fees. In 1975 seventy two bucks was an unaffordable extravagance for a 19 year old but it was for THE ROLLING STONES live at the Garden!!!  Yes, the show was an incredible extravaganza, the 100 piece steel drum orchestra parade opening, the lotus flower stage, Billy Preston on the keyboards, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton making guest cameo appearances, the inflatable phallus for Starf*cker, the whole absolutely outrageous shebang of a Stones concert. The only drawback to that whole unforgettable show was seeing Clapton in such bad form onstage as he was in the midst of transitioning from heroin addiction into alcoholism.
Anyway, all's well with all of them now and I've seen the whole lot of them in concert bunches of times since then.
$12 for a Stones ticket in 1975
Forty three years later it's $345 for a concert in 2019 where the ticket price range was $175 for the cheap seats up to $1600 for standing near the stage.
*sigh* I'm getting old.
 Proclivities wrote:

Yes, this might be more convincing if they got Josh Groben to sing it.  {#Wink}
 
I'm going to see Mr Groban shortly with the Mrs.  I'll let you know if he does a better job.
 kingart wrote:
Was Jagger morphining when he sang this song? Because the drugs, or lack thereof, certainly did not help him to sing on key. 
 
Yes, this might be more convincing if they got Josh Groben to sing it.  {#Wink}
Sorry but while it seems the prevailing score was a 7 I can not give the RS a normal 7 so I gave it an 8 just because it's the Stones.
 DocStrangelove wrote:
I wonder what ever became of the chump and chumpette on the album cover?
 
maybe still looking for where the band plays...
I wonder what ever became of the chump and chumpette on the album cover?
Meh. 
I think they were all on morphine when they recorded. 
 aspicer wrote:

It's raw, authentic and real - actually have to differ and say great for a live album cover

 

I too think is was a great idea to select fans in pairs at shows on the tour and feature them on the cover.  I think they picked the right couple too.
 
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Very cool segue from Lindsey Buckingham's "Go Insane."  The guitar work being the obvious thread.  Nice one Bill.
This shot, COULD BY MY LAST!
 ppopp wrote:
Top tune, worst album cover ever.

 
C'mon that's a handsome lady...
 ppopp wrote:
Top tune, worst album cover ever.

 
It's raw, authentic and real - actually have to differ and say great for a live album cover
it's great, but I like marianne faithful's better
  
Mix - Marianne faithfull - Sister morphine
Such an AWESOME version of this tune - one of my favorites for sure!  Great live recording quality too for those audiophiles out there.
Top tune, worst album cover ever.
The lyrics would tell a good story. 
The singer doesn't induce me to stick around and listen to them.
 
 rdo wrote:
Drugs sell records...kinda like a rapper who gets shot sees a huge spike in sales and popularity...
 
Drugs don't sell records. Good music, incisive lyrics, communication with the listener...that's what sells records. Try and relax, okay?
Drugs sell records...kinda like a rapper who gets shot sees a huge spike in sales and popularity...
Was Jagger morphining when he sang this song? Because the drugs, or lack thereof, certainly did not help him to sing on key. 
Maybe someone should introduce her to Sister Christian's 12-step program. The scissor sisters might help her cut her habit. Twisted sister is not gonna take it. Time to get the swing out sister. /OK those suck. :stupid:
Sister morphine may be a bitch, but her other sister nicotine is the real killer.
What an interesting family reunion he must have.
BKardon wrote:
This seems like a castrated version, much prefer the studio cut.
Absolutely .. turn down that awful piano ... gimme Sticky Fingers
This seems like a castrated version, much prefer the studio cut.
The original, with (I believe) Ry Cooder's guitar work, is a 10. This is strictly "ok."
For me, this version is a 9, the original a 10. BTW, I wonder how many in the audience recognised it as a Stones song.
This is more like it! A couple of hours ago we heard Eric Burden and "Drink the Wine". We don't need that song glorifying heroin. We need Mick and the Boys telling us the real story about being strung out. The studio version is better though -- more intense.
First time I have heard this one. As a former "user" I can totally relate to this. very heartfelt song. took balls to write this let alone put it out! Kudos to these guys. =P~
this has to be one of my all time stones favourites. One of the masterpieces before the slide into banality
Originally Posted by JCJ: You know, i've never heard this song before! Go figure. I love the Stones, too. Not sure if i'm crazy about this one though. Not the usual energy from Mick and the boys
Must be because this one reminds them of all the drugsabuse and what sprang from that. I like the original better as well, lily33, though this is surprisingly strong, too. Ron Wood is doing a good job, but I really miss the slide guitar played by Ry Cooder, for instance. I read it symbolizes the needle, entering.
You know, i\'ve never heard this song before! Go figure. I love the Stones, too. Not sure if i\'m crazy about this one though. Not the usual energy from Mick and the boys
this is great. on \"regular\" radiostations, you never get to hear this track. love it, love the studio version better, but then, i always do.