"Stray Cat Blues" is the eighth song on the Rolling Stones' album Beggars Banquet. It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and produced by Jimmy Miller. Miller's production of the song is very representative of his style, featuring a very prominent hi hat beat, droning piano performed by Nicky Hopkins, a mellotron performed by Brian Jones, all electric guitars (including slide) performed by Richards and vocals from Jagger kept even in the mix. According to Mick Jagger  the song was inspired by "Heroin" by the Velvet Underground. The intro of Stray Cat and Heroin are similar. Jones' mellotron is panned to the right channel/speaker and doubles on Richards' rhythm guitar track. Even though it manages to cut above the guitar in some spots, it is most clearly heard during the instrumental backing track drop out/false ending right before the coda/fade out starts.
The song is told from the perspective of a man lusting after having sex with a 15-year-old groupie, reasoning that "it's no hanging matter, it's no capital crime."