Dear Doctor

Composers: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Recording: Olympic Sound Studios, London May 1968

Never performed onstage

Lead vocal: Mick Jagger
Acoustic guitars: Keith Richards & Dave Mason 
Drums: Charlie Watts
Acoustic bass: Bill Wyman
Harmony vocal: Keith Richards
Background vocals: Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Harmonica: Brian Jones
Tack piano: Nicky Hopkins

Oh (So) help me, please doctor, I'm damaged
There's a pain where there once was a heart
It's (I'm) sleeping, it's beating - can't you please tear (take) it out
And preserve it right there in that jar?

Oh help me, please mama, I'm sickening
It's today that's the day of the plunge
Oh the gal I'm to marry is a bow-legged sow
I've been soaking up drink like a sponge

"Don't you worry, get dressed", cried my mother
As she plied me with bourbon so sour
Pull your socks up, put your suit on, comb your long hair down
For you will be wed in the hour


I was trembling as I put on my jacket
It had creases as sharp as a knife
I put the ring in my pocket but there was a note
And my heart it jumped into my mouth

It read, "Darling, I'm sorry to hurt you
But I've no courage to speak to your face
But I'm down in Virginia with your cousin Lou
There'll be no wedding today"

So help me, please doctor, I'm damaged
You can put back my heart in its hole
Oh mama, I'm crying tears of relief
And my pulse is now under control