Mother’s Little Helper Turns Fifty!

by buildingpharmabrands

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Mother’s Little Helper is a song sung by one of the most famous English rock and roll band, The Rolling Stones. It first appeared as the opening track to the United Kingdom version of their 1966 album Aftermath.

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote the song. The song was inspired by the sudden popularity of Valium (diazepam) a mild tranquilizer, among housewives and the ease of obtaining it from their GPs. Leo Sternbach discovered Valium at Roche. Ten years ago, in 2003, the pharmaceutical industry celebrated the 40th anniversary of Valium’s approval and invited Dr. Sternbach to a public celebration.

Valium was the most prescribed drug between 1969 and 1982 in America. In its peak year 1978, more than 2.3 billion tablets went down the American throats reported an article in The Economist. Click here to watch the You Tube video of the song, Mother’s Little Helper by Rolling Stones.

Valium, the mother’s little helper as mentioned in the famous song by Rolling Stones discovered by the Swiss-based multinational, Hoffman La Roche was first approved in 1963 and turned fifty this year.

Here are the complete lyrics of the song:

Mother’s Little Helper by The Rolling Stones

What a drag it is getting old

Kids are different today,

I hear every mother say

Mother needs something today to calm her down

And though she’s not really ill

There’s a little yellow pill

She goes running for the shelter of a mothers little helper

And it helps her on her way, gets through her busy day

Things are different today

I hear every mother say

Cooking fresh food for husbands just a drag

So she buys an instant cake and she burns her frozen steak

And goes running for the shelter of a mothers little helper

And two help her on her way, get her through her busy day

Doctor please, some more of these

Outside the door, she took four more

What a drag it is getting old

Men just aren’t the same today

I hear every mother say

They just don’t appreciate that you get tired

They’re so hard to satisfy, you can tranquilize your mind

So go running for the shelter of a mothers little helper

And four help you through the night, help to minimize your plight

Doctor please, some more of these

Outside the door, she took four more

What a drag it is getting old

Men just aren’t the same today

I hear every mother say

They just don’t appreciate that you get tired

They’re so hard to satisfy, you can tranquilize your mind

So go running for the shelter of a mothers little helper

And four help you go through the night, help to minimize your plight

Doctor, some more of these

Outside the door, she took four more

What a drag it is getting old

Life’s just too much hard today,

I hear every mother say

The pursuit of happiness just seems a bore

And if you take more of those, you will get an overdose

No more running for the shelter of a mothers little helper

They just helped you on your way, through your busy dying day