Jagger, Keith Richards & Marianne
Recording date: March 1969
Recording location: Olympic Sound Studios, London, England
Producer: Jimmy Miller Chief engineer: Glyn Johns
Performed onstage: 1997-98, 2015
Bass: Bill Wyman
Acoustic guitar: Keith Richards
Slide electric guitar: Ry Cooder
Vocal: Mick Jagger
Piano: Jack Nitzsche
(Marianne Faithfull) wrote a couple of lines; she always says she wrote everything, though. She's always complaining she doesn't get enough money from it. Now she says she should have got it all... (Cousin cocaine...), that's the bit she wrote.
Sister Morphine comes from '68, although we cut it in early '69.
We were in Olympic and Ry Cooder guested on a couple of tracks with us. I was messing around with this. I wrote the tune really quickly; I never thought we were gonna ever release it. In fact, we didn't release it until much, much later. It was sitting around for a few years. I don't know why.
(Ry Cooder) played slide guitar on Sister Morphine, which is killer. It's great.
Sister Morphine... is another (I used my first bass guitar on) - a lot of the slow, bluesy things, the ballady things, songs where I wanted it to sound like a string bass. I can sort of slide on it because there are no frets, and I can almost get a little bit of that slap sound playing it with the thumb. I play every other bass with a pick, but I use my thumb on that one.
It's about a man after an accident, really. It's not about being addicted to morphine so much as that. Ry Cooder plays wonderfully on that.
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