Music lyrics poll: Drug Use

August 13, 2011

In a Twittersation today we arrived at the possibility that being a heroin user is a unique lyrical stimulus. The specific assertion is that while a lot of so-called ‘crack rap’ discusses *selling* crack cocaine, there are no lyrics about being a crack *user*.

So let’s broaden the call…can you think of songs that are about using drugs other than heroin? Let’s leave alcohol aside for the moment, there are a bajillion songs about drinking.

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  1. pikake Says:

    Lots of songs are about marijuana use. Consider “just to get high” and “last dance with mary jane” as the two most obvious examples. My husband asserts that every single reggae song is also about pot one way or another. Probably true of all tom petty, come to think of it.

    I find the “heroin is a unique lyrical stimulus” idea interesting though, because while thinking of the pot-songs I realized that I tend to like them more than “mr. Brownstone” or “waiting for my man” for example. Not that those aren’t great songs but they’re kind of downers. No pun intended.

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  2. Eric Says:

    There’s approximately half a bajillion songs about marijuana also.

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  3. TreeFish Says:

    How about a little coke and sympathy? We all need someone we can….lean on.

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  4. Odyssey Says:

    Eric Clapton’s “Cocaine”?

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  5. A'Llyn Says:

    There’s that Moody Blues song, “Legend of a Mind,” that talks about how Timothy Leary will “fly his astral plane” and also “sells you thrills along the pier.” Just possibly a reference to LSD?

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  6. Neuro-conservative Says:

    Led Zeppelin, For Your Life: “Don’t you wanna, don’t you wanna, cocai-cocai-cocaine…”

    Sex Pistols, Seventeen: “I don’t work, I just speed, that’s all I need.”

    Hawkwind, Days of the Underground: “In visions of acid, we saw through delusions…”

    Lil Wayne, Me and My Drank: The whole damn song!

    Jefferson Airplane, White Rabbit: The whole damn song!

    Of course, most psychedelic/acid songs don’t mention the drug name explicitly, but how else would you classify “Purple Haze” and “Are You Experienced” by Jimi Hendrix, or “5 Years Ahead of My Time” by The Third Bardo?

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  7. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

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  8. Dr. O Says:

    I’m fairly certain Buffet’s not talking about salt in Margaritaville.

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  9. Have you lost your fucken mind, fuckeasse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????

    Dude, you’re *IN* this fucken video. AMIRITE?

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  10. Grumble Says:

    How about Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds? (LSD, although John Lennon swore it wasn’t about drugs.)

    As for cocaine, there are whole top ten lists of songs about it:
    http://listverse.com/2008/07/03/top-10-cocaine-songs-of-all-time/
    http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/crossfade/2010/08/top_ten_best_songs_about_cocai.php

    Then there are Dylan’s lyrics about mescaline (Texas medicine) in “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again”:
    Now the rainman gave me two cures,
    Then he said, “Jump right in.”
    The one was Texas medicine,
    The other was just railroad gin.
    An’ like a fool I mixed them
    An’ it strangled up my mind,
    An’ now people just get uglier
    An’ I have no sense of time.
    Oh, Mama, can this really be the end,
    To be stuck inside of Mobile
    With the Memphis blues again.

    Not to mention, from the same album (Blonde on Blonde), “Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35” with it’s exhortation that “Everyone must get stoned!”

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  11. becca Says:

    I’ve always liked the Lake Shore Drive song ( Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah), which is officially not about LSD (unlike “The Snow Queen”- I wish I could find an online version of that one). But was it *inspired* by it? Unknown.

    After googling to about some of my favorite songs, I’m wondering how I’ve been singing along with “Under the bridge” (Red Hot Chili Peppers) all this time and not realized it’s about heroin.

    If you’re going to argue all reggae and tom petty song is about marijuana, I’d have to add in all Grateful dead songs and Phish songs. Though some of the Dead are obviously about other drugs.
    And I’d be surprised if 90%+ of House/Trance music remixes were not inspired by E. Just sayin’.

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  12. Beaker Says:

    DM, this is too easy. There are thousands of answers to your question. For example, most Steely Dan songs.

    I want to mention The Smoke, and their 1967 album “It’s Smoke Time.” Not only does the album cover depict 4 dudes with stoned-out slits for eyes, but how can you beat “My Friend Jack,” as in, “My Friend Jack eats sugar lumps…” The BBC banned it, but it went to #1 in many European countries.

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  13. Alex Says:

    “Dr. Green Thumb” by Cypress Hill
    “Because I got high” by Afro Man
    “Cocaine blues”, forget who wrote it, but Johnny Cash covered it

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  14. Pat Says:

    A bunch of songs from Cypress Hill:

    “Hits from the bong” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-u2wJm5AAs
    “I wanna get high” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxrljsaGrqc
    “Stoned is the way of the walk” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TxgXmNpSN8
    “I love you Mary Jane” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbjyHXhUxM4

    Enjoy !

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  15. Laura Says:

    Was surprised to see no other 90s music fans had mentioned the once ubiquitous “Semi-Charmed Life” by Third Eye Blind:

    “The sky was gold, it was rose
    I was taking sips of it through my nose
    And I wish it could get back there, some place back there
    Smiling in the pictures you would take
    Doing crystal meth will lift you up until you break
    It won’t stop, I won’t come down
    I keep stock with a tick-tock rhythm, a bump for the drop
    And then I bumped up, I took the hit that I was given
    Then I bumped again, then I bumped again

    Said how do I get back there
    To the place where I fell asleep inside you?
    How do I get myself back to the place where you said…

    I want something else
    To get me through this
    Semi-charmed kind of life baby, baby”

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  16. Jeff Sherry Says:

    I’ll be whowing my age with:
    A Horse With No Name, Sandman: America
    Magic Carpet Ride, Snow Blind Friend: Steppenwolf
    Truckin’: Grateful Dead
    Blue On Black: Kenny Wayne Shepherd, which sounds very much like a drug withdrawel symptom song.

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  17. BR5-49, “Me ‘n’ Opie” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XRXOjllwX4
    Tori Amos, “Mary Jane”
    Johnny Cash, “Cocaine Blues” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aq344ks1ieg

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  18. J Says:

    When Hüsker Dü were just starting to get big, many people thought they were the fastest band ever, so they took a bunch of speed and recorded the live album ‘Land Speed Record’

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  19. mj Says:

    “Couldn’t Get High” and “New Amphetamine Shriek” by The Fugs spring to mind.

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  20. Parrothead Says:

    Jimmy Buffett — Kick it into the second wind:
    “””
    Losing any more hope of scoring any more coke
    And we still gotta do another show
    “””

    Shpongle – Divine Moments of Truth repeats “DMT” “LSD” throughout the song. No specific references to consuming it though.

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  21. Parrothead Says:

    Also, “Ketamine ocean”

    It would be hard for a non-K user to come up with “ketamine ocean”.

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  22. Parrothead Says:

    More Ketamine references: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2xmdJXDfmI

    rx2008 also has a fantastic video in which “our favorite chemical technician ” references consuming (in order of appearance):
    “government issued petro-pharmaceuticals”,
    acid, weed, and mescaline

    And, as far as describing the LSD mindstate, he does a great job.
    “I’ve been watching you watching me.”

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