Dear Doctor

Album: Beggars Banquet (1968)

Songfacts®:

  • This song is about a man who tries to dull the pain of his wedding day with alcohol. The song has a drunken sloppy feel to it.
  • Along with Keith Richards, Dave Mason played acoustic guitar on this track. Mason was a member of the group Traffic, which Jimmy Miller produced before working with The Stones. Mason also recorded with Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney & Wings, Blondie and Fleetwood Mac.
  • Mick Jagger on playing country music: "As far as country music was concerned, we used to play country songs, but we'd never record them - or we recorded them but never released them. Keith and I had been playing Johnny Cash records and listening to the Everly Brothers - who were SO country - since we were kids. I used to love country music even before I met Keith. I loved George Jones and really fast, s--t-kicking country music, though I didn't really like the maudlin songs too much... the country songs, like "Factory Girl" or "Dear Doctor" on Beggars Banquet were really pastiche. There's a sense of humor in country music, anyway, a way of looking at life in a humorous kind of way - and I think we were just acknowledging that element of the music." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France, for above 3

Comments: 3

  • Goldfish from Seattle, WaThis song is a giant joke; a man is scared of getting married, because he hates his wife-to-be. He wants to avoid it so much, he asks for help from a "doctor." Luckily, his wife to be runs away before the wedding, so he cries tears of relief. And Fred's right, that they were clowns when it came to country music, but I don't think "contempt" is the right word for it... they seemed to think that country music was funny and ironic, so they used humor a lot when they played it, but they didn't disrespect it or anything... only what I know, though. =D
  • Fred from Laurel, MdAshley--that's called "falsetto." The Four Seasons, the Newbeats and Lou Christie all got famous doing it. And, I suppose you could say, so did the Beach Boys and the BeeGees. But you're right, here Mick is specifically mimicking the girl's voice. And he does a hilarious job of it. The Stones had a clownish contempt for 'country' music, and this song is a prime example. But they're a great band, anyway.

  • Ashley from Quincy, Ili love this song.i really love it when mick sings in his girl voice.
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