Across the Rolling Stones' stellar Beggars Banquet record, the band were taking bold new leaps as to just how much emotion could be brought out of the blues. Though most of the record dealt with the seedier sides of life from Satan to street urchins, "Dear Doctor" turns tragedy into comedy in a marriage falling-out.
Taking place on the day of the wedding, the protagonist is shaking in his boots as he is getting extremely cold feet about his decision. He keeps complaining that his wife-to-be is ugly with her bow leg and he continues to drink to calm his nerves. While he keeps crying to his doctor for more meds, his mother is having none of it and demands he get on his suit immediately.
At the 11th hour though, things turn a corner. Mick Jagger's hilarious vocal affectation imitates a note from the man's fiance, as she explains that she has eloped with his cousin and run out on the wedding. Instead of the expected heartache, our protagonist is filled with impeccable joy as he doesn't need to wed and his blood pressure gets on a more even keel. Even on an album marred with dangerous characters, The Stones still had a penchant for more light-hearted material.
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