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Is alcohol the only drug...? (songs praising drugs

Joe_F 16 Dec 09 - 10:35 PM
GUEST,999 16 Dec 09 - 10:39 PM
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GUEST,999 16 Dec 09 - 10:49 PM
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Subject: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: Joe_F
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 10:35 PM

As everybody knows, there are vast numbers of songs celebrating & accompanying the consumption of the various alcoholic beverages, as well as a fair number warning against it. But ethanol seems to be unique among psychoactive drugs in this respect. I have heard only a few songs about cocaine and opium, and they are not likely to tempt anyone. That may be because the consumption of cocaine is usually solitary, and opium puts you to sleep. On the other hand, smoking other than opium is usually a social activity, but who ever has heard of a smoking song? I have seen *poems* in praise of tobacco, but all the songs I have heard about it disparage it. Likewise hemp: its use in song seems to be confined to cockroaches.

What is special about ethanol?

If there are in fact any smoking songs, sniffing songs, pill-popping songs, or shooting-up songs, I would be interested in hearing about them.


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: GUEST,999
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 10:39 PM

Outside Of A Small Circle Of Friends
By Phil Ochs


C                   D               C          D         
Look outside the window, there's a woman being grabbed
         C                Em         F                G
They've dragged her to the bushes and now she's being stabbed
E                                 Am
Maybe we should call the cops and try to stop the pain
      F         Am               Dm                G
But Monopoly is so much fun, I'd hate to blow the game
       C                Am       Eb
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody
Cm                            F
Outside of a small circle of friends.

Riding down the highway, yes, my back is getting stiff
Thirteen cars are piled up, they're hanging on a cliff.
Maybe we should pull them back with our towing chain
But we gotta move and we might get sued and it looks like it's gonna rain
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody
Outside of a small circle of friends.

Sweating in the ghetto with the (colored/Panthers) and the poor
The rats have joined the babies who are sleeping on the floor
Now wouldn't it be a riot if they really blew their tops?
But they got too much already and besides we got the cops
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody
Outside of a small circle of friends.

Oh there's a dirty paper using sex to make a sale
The Supreme Court was so upset, they sent him off to jail.
Maybe we should help the fiend and take away his fine. (*)
But we're busy reading Playboy and the Sunday New York Times
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody
Outside of a small circle of friends

Smoking marihuana is more fun than drinking beer,
But a friend of ours was captured and they gave him thirty years
Maybe we should raise our voices, ask somebody why
But demonstrations are a drag, besides we're much too high
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody
Outside of a small circle of friends

Oh look outside the window, there's a woman being grabbed
They've dragged her to the bushes and now she's being stabbed
Maybe we should call the cops and try to stop the pain
But Monopoly is so much fun, I'd hate to blow the game
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody
Outside of a small circle of friends

[ Additional verse, 1974 ]
Down in Santiago where they took away our mines
We cut off all their money so they robbed the storehouse blind
Now maybe we should ask some questions, maybe shed a tear
But I bet you a copper penny, it cannot happen here
And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody
Outside of a small circle of friends


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: GUEST,999
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 10:46 PM

The Beatles

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

Picture yourself in a boat on a river,
With tangerine trees and marmalade skies.
Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly,
A girl with kaleidoscope eyes.

Cellophane flowers of yellow and green,
Towering over your head.
Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes,
And she's gone.

{CHORUS}
Lucy in the sky with diamonds,
Lucy in the sky with diamonds,
Lucy in the sky with diamonds,
Ah... Ah...

{VERSE 2}
Follow her down to a bridge by a fountain,
Where rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies.
Everyone smiles as you drift past the flowers,
That grow so incredibly high.

Newspaper taxis appear on the shore,
Waiting to take you away.
Climb in the back with your head in the clouds,
And you're gone.

{CHORUS}

Picture yourself on a train in a station,
With plasticine porters with looking glass ties.
Suddenly someone is there at the turnstile,
The girl with kaleidoscope eyes.

{CHORUS REPEATED AND FADED}


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: GUEST,999
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 10:49 PM

San Mescalito pray for me now por favor
I'm lost on the high range and feeling so strange
and I can't find the door
Lost in the strange way out on the range
Never been here before

I'm free as the dogs and I fly with the crows, na na na na na
I climb on the wind and talk to my friend
And I don't need my clothes

I raised up my head and looked at his face na na na na na
I felt I would die there were pieces of sky
where his eyes should have been.....         Sean Gagnier


I'd love to have the complete lyrics to this song. It is one of the best songs Sean ever wrote, and considering that his writing was excellent all the time, that says something.


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: GUEST,999
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 10:52 PM

I realize that the various drugs mentioned are not 'praised', but other drugs have also made their way into song lyrics.

Buffy's "Codeine" pronounced co-DINE.

Clapton's "Cocaine".


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: GUEST,Maxwell
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 11:06 PM

Get Smart this season 99 and meet me in Saint Louis.

MAX


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: Callie
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 11:55 PM

Italian folk song:

Fumar La Pipa (Pipe Smoking)

"Fumar la pipa non e' peccato"
Mi ha disso Bortolo che mi ha insegnato
Fumero' sempre, fumero' ancor,
Son fumatore, son fumator.

Fumano i ricchi e gli operai
Son tanto pochi che non fumano mai
Fumero' sempre, fumero' ancor,
Son fumatore, son fumator.

"To smoke a pipe is not a sin"
So said Bortolo who taught me to smoke.
I will always smoke, I will keep smoking.
I'm a smoker! I'm a smoker!

Rich and poor smoke
Very few don't smoke at all
I will always smoke, I will keep smoking.
I'm a smoker! I'm a smoker!


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: iancarterb
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 12:23 AM

La Cucaracha.
Free Mexican AIr Force.


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: beeliner
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 12:26 AM

"I'm a joker, I'm a smoker, I'm a midnight toker, Sure don't want to hurt no one."


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: GUEST,999
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 12:40 AM

That is a great song. Used to crank the stereo to 10 for that.

The song title is "One Toke Over the Line". Brewer and Shipley.


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 12:47 AM

There's a good bit of this stuff in records of the 1930s and 1940s, mostly blues and jazz releases. Enough of it that Stash Records, in the 70s, was able to put out at least half a dozen LP compilations of "Reefer Songs," "Viper Songs," "Pipe Spoon Pot and Jug," and the like. Nearly all of it is dope-oriented, and almost none of it is unfriendly.

Among the songs which come to mind:
Who Put the Benzedrine in Mrs Murphy's Ovaltine
Reefer Man (Cab Calloway did this, and other similar pieces, including Kickin' the Gong Around, Minnie the Moocher, and The Man from Harlem, who brings joy to a dull nightclub by showing up with the Stuff)
If You're a Viper ("Dream about a reefer, five feet long/Mighty mezz but not too strong/You'll be high but not for long/If you're a viper")
Wacky Dust (Ella Fitzgerald)
The Stuff is Here (and It's Mellow)
Light Up
The "G" Man Got the "T" Man and Gone
Jerry the Junker
Weed Smoker's Dream
Dopey Joe (from Kokomo)

Stash also did a couple of excellent sex collections, Copulatin' Blues and AC/DC Blues (Gay Jazz Classics).


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: 12-stringer
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 12:50 AM

"Guest" at 12:47AM is the old 12-stringer, too senile to notice that his cookie needed a reset before posting.


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 12:57 AM

No need for a name on music threads. I'm the other one
    No, we expect a consistent name in every message.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: GUEST,Allan C
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 02:34 AM

Golden Brown by The Stranglers


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 03:37 AM

In praise of drugs? Lots of pop/rock songs reference drugs directly or indirectly.

'I Get a Kick Outa You' by Cole Porter, isn't exactly 'in praise of' cocaine but I love it for the jolly treatment.


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: Amergin
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 03:42 AM

Lucy in the Sky with diamonds is NOT a reference to drugs....

Shel Silverstein wrote a song called I got Stoned and I missed it....


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: mandotim
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 04:03 AM

John Prine; 'Illegal Smile'.


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: GUEST,Ed
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 04:05 AM

Caravan: And I Wish I Were Stoned


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 04:08 AM

Bananas by The Manband is fairly unambiguous in its subject matter:

I like to eat to bananas, 'cos they got no bones;
I like marijuana, 'cos it gets me stoned.

Put a seed into the ground
Wait for the sun to come around,
Nurture it with love and care,
Give it sun and rain and air.
You gotta let it grow,
Let it grow.
Come on wait for it to sprout,
then you get your rizlas out...


A fine song it is too; the studio version on Be Good to Yourself... is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever recorded. Skin one up & have a listen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2W9hwwdr8L0


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: bubblyrat
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 04:34 AM

The Rolling Stones and something about "Brown Sugar" ??

Donovan and "Candy Man" ??


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: Weasel
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 04:44 AM

Ebenezer Good?

Cheers,

Weasel


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Subject: ADD: Take a Whiff on Me (Leadbelly)
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 04:53 AM

Two similar songs which celebrate cocaine, but also acknowledge that it'll get you in the end. I think cocaine songs were more common when the drug was legal.



Take a Whiff on Me - Leadbelly

Walked up Ellum and I come down Main
Tryin' to bum a nickle, just to buy cocaine
Ho, ho, honey take a whiff on me.

(Cho):
Take a whiff on me, take a whiff on me
And everybody, take a whiff on me.
Ho, ho, honey take a whiff on me.

Went to Mr. Lehman's on a lope
Sign in the window said: "No more coke".
Ho, ho, honey take a whiff on me.

(Cho):

Goin' up State Street, comin' down Main
Lookin' for the woman that uses cocaine.
Ho, ho, honey take a whiff on me.

(Cho):

I'se got a nickle, you'se got a dime...
You buy the coke and I'll buy the wine.
Ho, ho, honey take a whiff on me.

(Cho):

The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice
Takes a brown-skinned woman, for my particular use.
Ho, ho, honey take a whiff on me.

(Cho):

Cocaine's for horses and not for men
Doctors sat t'will kill you but they don't say when.
Ho, ho, honey take a whiff on me.

(Cho):

Whiff-a-ree and whiff-a-rye
Gonna keep on a whiffin' boys, 'till I die.
Ho, ho, honey take a whiff on me.



Tell it to Me

Well I'm ridin' down Fifth Street, I'm comin' down Main
I tried to bum a nickel for to buy cocaine
Cocaine's gonna kill my honey dead

Chorus:
Now won't you tell it to me
Tell it to me
Drink the corn liquor let the cocaine be
Cocaine's gonna kill my honey dead

I sniff cocaine before I die
I'd be sniffin' cocaine if it took my life
Cocaine's gonna kill my honey dead

(Chorus)

Now I sniff cocaine, I sniff it in the wind
The doc he says it'll kill me but he can't say when
Cocaine's gonna kill my honey dead

(Chorus)

All them rounders that think they're tough
But they feed their women on the beer and the snuff
Cocaine's gonna kill my honey dead


Some more recent examples:


top 10 cocaine songs of all time (apparently)


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 04:56 AM

Tom Lehrer : The Old Dope Pedddler
Jeremy Taylor: The Pot Song


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: GUEST,Chaz Brewer
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 05:11 AM

Oh well that's alright then. Let's praise it and celebrate it! Let's take a plant and breed it to produce so much THC that the kids of this generation can blow their minds and run the world when they 'grow up', that we are trying so hard to preserve with our taxes. Why are we doing that?

CB


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: Will Fly
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 05:13 AM

Clapton's "Cocaine"

JJ Cale wrote it. :-)


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: Tug the Cox
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 05:53 AM

Champagne don`t hurt me baby
Cocaine don`t drive me crazy
Ain`t nobody`s business but mine..
Way down in Costa Rica
Smoke my hash and drink my liquor
Ain`t nobody`s business but mine

Got the good life down in Belize
They let folks do just as they please
Ain`t nobody business but mine
Got a hammock strung between two trees
Got a jug of Dom and a big ol` spleef
And it ain`t nobody business but mine

Champagne don`t hurt me baby
Cocaine don`t drive me crazy
Ain`t nobody`s business but mine
Way down in Costa Rica
Smoke my hash and drink my liquor
Ain`t nobody`s business but mine

It ain`t nobody `s business kid
Who in the world I do business with
Ain`t nobody`s business but mine
Ain`t nobody`s business sonny
Where in the world I spend my money
Ain`t nobody`s business but mine

Champagne don`t drive me crazy
Cocaine don`t make me lazy
Ain`t nobody`s business but mine
Said, way down in Costa Rica
Smoke my hash and drink my liquor
Ain`t nobody`s business but mine

You drink you whisky
Drink your wine
Those narco boys will treat you fine
It ain`t nobody`s business but mine
Smoke that pot
Or smoke that hash
They`ll find out where the good stuff`s stashed
And it ain`t nobody`s business but mine

Champagne don`t hurt me baby
Cocaine don`t make me crazy
Ain`t nobody`s business but mine
Yeah, way down in Costa Rica
Smoke my hash and drink my liquor
Ain`t nobody business but mine


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 06:28 AM

Steve Earle's 'Copperhead Road' evolves from distilling moonshine to growing pot.

DeG


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: kendall
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 06:29 AM

As I recall, even the original Jimmy Rodgers, the singing brakeman, sang about cocaine back in the 20s.


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: Young Buchan
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 06:34 AM

Down came bonny Jeannie, came tripping downstairs.
Glenlogie


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: Vic Smith
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 07:06 AM

Victoria Spivey & Lonnie Johnson - Dope Head Blues (1926)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chsOLR2jzuc


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: GUEST,bankley
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 07:31 AM

Heroin---          Velvet Underground
Junker's Blues --- Champion Jack Dupree
Casey Jones ---    Grateful Dead
Oxycontin Blues --- Steve Earle
Cheap Beer Joint -- David Wilcox (Teddy Bears)
Riverboat Fantasy -- "    "
Sam Stone       --- John Prine

I'll Never Smoke Weed with Willie Again --- Toby Keith


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: GUEST,Jack Campin
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 07:32 AM

"Ime prezakias", a rembetika song made famous by Rosa Eskenazi (or Roza Eshkenazy), is in praise of heroin (or some other white powder, but I think heroin is the most likely for the place and time).


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 07:37 AM

"Steve Earle's 'Copperhead Road' evolves from distilling moonshine to growing pot."

So does Hayseed Dixie's Kirby Hill.


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: melodeonboy
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 07:50 AM

"Roll Your Own" , "Semi-Truck" (reference to "bennies"), "Down to Seeds and Stems Again Blues" - Commander Cody

"Roll Another Number" - Neil Young and Crazy Horse

"If You're A Viper" - I don't know who did that one!


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: GUEST,Mike of Hessle
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 08:09 AM

Sometime back in the 60's or 70's I remember seeing a guy on the Folk-scene called Mike Absalom. He sang a song called 'Hector the Dope Sniffing Hound.'

Thin it went someting like -

Hector the Dope Snifffing Hound
Used to be seen around town
With Inspectors and Pigs
He was one of the bigs
But a bark from that nark sent you down.


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: Bob the Postman
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 08:15 AM

Re 999 at 17 Dec 09 - 12:40 AM, "joker, smoker, midnight toker" is actually from Steve Miller's "The Joker", not Brewer and Shipley "Over The Line". You probably cranked them both to 10.

On CBC Radio I once heard a WW II transcription of a radio show produced for playing to the troops in Europe. The announcer introduced an instrumental as follows "And now, here's a young Coloured boy from Montreal who can really tickle those ivories. It's Oscar Peterson with his rendition of 'If You're A Viper'." Way to slip one past the man.


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: Crow Sister (off with the fairies)
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 08:25 AM

Fraternity of Man's 'Don't Bogart Me' is a funny track (of Easy Rider fame):

Don't bogart that joint, my friend
Pass it over to me.
Don't bogart that joint, my friend
Pass it over to me.

Roll another one
Just like the other one.
This one's burnt to the end
Come on and be a friend.

Don't bogart that joint, my friend
Pass it over to me.
Don't bogart that joint, my friend
Pass it over to me.

Ro-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-oll another one
Just like the other one.
You've been hanging on to it
And I sure would like a hit.

Don't bogart that joint, my friend
Pass it over to me.
Don't bogart that joint, my friend
Pass it over to me


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: erosconpollo
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 08:27 AM

Along Comes Mary - not only a song about marijuana but a pop hit


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: clueless don
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 08:55 AM

Bill Danoff, probably best known for his song "Afternoon Delight" from his days with the Starland Vocal Band, was earlier in a group called Fat City. He wrote a song called "The Fat City High School Fight Song". The first few lines (to the best of my memory) were

Thank God, for marijuana
'cause its the cheapest thing to buy.
Thank God, for marijuana
'cause it's what made the city high (the City High!)

Don


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: Bob the Postman
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 08:55 AM

Glue-sniffing Anahuac by The Austin Lounge Lizards.


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: beeliner
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 09:09 AM

"If You're a Viper" aka "Youse a Viper" or "Viper's Drag" was by Fats Waller. There's an excellent version by the Manhattan Transfer on their album "Jukin'"

"I Heard" by the Mills Brothers is certainly one of the most cryptic.


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: Leadfingers
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 09:32 AM

And surely Caffeine is a drug


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: GUEST,John from Elsie`s Band
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 10:40 AM

One of the songs in our repertoire is "Tobacco is an Indian Weed".
But, the sentiments of the song point out the pitfalls of smoking rather than putting tobacco on a pedestal.


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: Leadfingers
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 12:13 PM

As does 'A Merry Progress to London' - The HIGH cost of tobacco use .


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: Mavis Enderby
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 12:53 PM

Champagne and Reefer - Muddy Waters


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: PHJim
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 01:01 PM

GUEST,bankley suggested some songs that certainly don't praise drugs.
Heroin, as sung by the Velvet Underground, may qualify, but it sure doesn't make me want to try it.
Sam Stone is anything but a song praising drugs. It's an anti-drug song if I ever heard one.
Oxycontin Blues isn't a praise of Oxycontin either.

Some of these songs mentioned by other folks also don't answer the request of the original poster. Buffy St.Marie's Codine is not a praise of the drug, nor is Cocaine. It's not too hard to find songs that mention drugs or even songs that are about drugs, but the original poster wanted songs that PRAISE drugs.

It seems to me that I recall a James Taylor song, before he got sober, called Mescalito. It was a song praising the drug and his backing musicians made him put a disclaimer in the liner notes stating that the other musicians on the album did not necessarily agree with the sentiments expressed in the lyrics of that song.


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: PHJim
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 01:06 PM

John Hartford also recorded a song, early in his career, that prised marijuana called Grannie Won'tcha Smoke Some Mari-Ju-Wanna. I recall going to see him a few years before he passed and someone yelled out a request for that song. John said,"No, that's a terrible song."


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: pdq
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 01:16 PM

John Hartford, with help from Doug and Rodney Dillard, did a song called "Two Hits and the Joint Turned Brown".

Sorta neo-Reggae, I suppose. Pretty funny.


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: KathyW
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 01:33 PM

What about "Tobacco is like Love"?

You can find it on John Townley's album "A Chesapeake Sailor's Companion":
http://www.amazon.com/Chesapeake-Sailors-Companion-Townley-Press/dp/B00005EBJM/r (pops)

"Tobacco is Like Love" by Tobias Hume

Tobacco, tobacco,
Sing sweetly for tobacco!
Tobacco is like love, o love it.
For you see I will prove it.

Love maketh lean the fat men's tumour,
So doth tobacco.
Love still dries up the wanton humour,
So doth tobacco.
Love makes men sail from shore to shore,
So doth tobacco.
'Tis fond love often makes men poor
So doth tobacco.
Love makes men scorn all coward fears,
So doth tobacco.
Love often sets men by the ears,
So doth tobacco.

Tobacco, tobacco,
Sing sweetly for tobacco!
Tobacco is like love, o love it.
For you see I will prove it.


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Subject: RE: Is alcohol the only drug praised in song
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 01:48 PM

'That Acapulco Gold' by Rainy Daze.

Came out in 1967.

It got some radio play before The Man figured out what it was about and had it pulled from the airwaves. Got to #70 on the Billboard charts.


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