The Smoker You Drink, the Player You Get…

I don’t know why.

Maybe it’s just because of some of the albums The Black Jacket Symphony has reproduced.

“Sgt. Pepper”, “Dark Side Of The Moon”, “The Doors”, “Led Zeppelin IV”and others. 

But the term “being high” and some other things about a substance called “marijuana, cannabis, pot, grass, weed, doob, spliff and all sorts of other terms come up.

For the younger generation out there, pot was a substance that baby boomers used to smoke and it seemed to make music, eating and other sensory experiences very enjoyable. 

Unfortunately for you kids, they used up all the fun with it and there is no more to be had, so you shouldn’t even try it. 

Besides, (from what I’m told) the stuff out there now is completely different from what they had in the past.  It’s all laced with something or other to make it so strong your head turns into concrete for the next 5 hours.  And with all the pharmaceuticals that you kids are on (prescribed or recreational) it would just be redundant.  So just say “no”.  Well at least “No thank you”.

All that aside, believe it or not there have been many many a song written about weed. 

Let’s take a look at some of the better ones, shall we?

 

BOB DYLAN — “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35” (1966)



The song’s chorus, “Everybody must get stoned” makes it pretty obvious.  And history says During the recording, Dylan was high as a kite, having passed joints around before the recording.

 

BLACK SABBATH — “Sweet Leaf” (1971)



A hymn to recreational marijuana use.  It got its title from a packet of cigarettes bassist Geezer Butler bought in Dublin that claimed the tobacco was “the sweet leaf.”  The song even starts with a cough. 

 

RICK JAMES — “Mary Jane” (1978)



“It’s my main thang,” James sang. “I love you Mary Jane.”

The. Funkiest. Ode. To. Pot… ever.

 

 CAB CALLOWAY — “Reefer Man” (1932)

“Have you ever met that funny, funny reefer man?” was the question posed in this period piece, recorded by Cab Calloway and many others. 

 

BREWER & SHIPLEY — “One Toke Over the Line” (1971)



The highest-charting pot tune of the ’70s is the song the Grateful Dead should’ve written.  Jerry Garcia actually DID play on it’s B-side ‘Oh Mommy, I ain’t no Commie”.

Hilariously The song was performed on the Lawrence Welk Show by a “wholesome” couple that had NO clue what a toke was. Welk, at the conclusion of the performance of the song, remarked, without any hint of humor, “there you’ve heard a modern spiritual by Gail and Dale.”

 

FRATERNITY OF MAN — “Don’t Bogart Me” (1969)



Better known as “Don’t Bogart That Joint,” this originally appeared on the Easy Rider soundtrack, and was later popularized by Little Feat.

 

TOM PETTY — “You Don’t Know How It Feels” (1994)



This Top 10 hit was censored by MTV and radio stations because of the repeated lyric, “Let’s get to the point and roll another joint.”  The “censoring” was to take the word “joint” and reverse it, actually making the song sound more nefarious than it was…

 

The Association- “Along comes Mary”

By the squeaky clean Association, but they were speaking in “code” and everybody even close to hip knew it. 

 

Afroman- “Because I got High”

Don’t normally site hip-hop or rap songs to these list, but this grammy nominated song is an exception.  Made popular through Howard Stern radio play and then a video directed by Kevin Smith, this song explains why a guys life is ruined by his continuous use of marijuana (see kids?).  The video featured Jay and silent Bob smoking with Afroman.  He got a record deal AFTER the song was a hit so you can imagine the lucrative contract he signed.  Unless he got high.

The end of the extended version also mentions working in the Marshall Durbin Chicken plant, for those from the south.

 

The Byrds- “Eight Miles High”

The song was immediately banned U.S. radio ban shortly after its release, regarding perceived drug connotations in its lyrics.  The band strenuously denied these allegations at the time, said it was about flying in an airplane or something, but in later years both Clark and Crosby admitted that the song was at least partly inspired by their own drug use.

 

Paul McCartney- “Hi Hi Hi”

He spelled it wrong to get it past the censors, but to no avail.

“We’re gonna get hi hi hi”?

Ironically the BBC banned it NOT because of drug references but because of “ sexually suggestive lyrics”.  

The line in question was “Get you ready for my body gun”.  But the actual lyric was “get you ready for my polygon” which makes little sense and proves Macca was very “hi” when he wrote it indeed.

 

Have any other “odes to pot” you’d like to throw in? 

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9 responses

  1. Shawn Ryan

    Cocaine — JJ Cale
    Codine — The Charlatans
    Chinese Rocks — Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers
    Got to Get You Into My Life — The Beatles
    Itchykoo Park — The Small Faces
    Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition was In) — Kenny Rogers & the First Edition
    Light Up — Styx
    Lit Up — Buckcherry
    Mr. Brownstone — Guns n’Roses
    Paper Thin — John Hiatta
    Purple Haze — Jimi Hendrix
    The Needle and the Damage Done — Neil Young
    The Needle and the Spoon — Lynyrd Skynyrd
    The Pusher — Steppenwolf
    Mr. Pharmacist — The Other Half
    Psychedelic Shack & Cloud Nine — The Temptations
    Flyin High (in the Friendly Sky) — Marvin Gaye
    Sam Stone & Illegal Smile — John Prine
    My Friend Jack — The Smoke
    I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night — The Electric Prunes
    Strychnine — the Sonics

    September 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    • Well….
      This is a list just about “pot” songs. Other lists will come about other substance songs….(like “cocaine”)

      October 1, 2011 at 12:25 pm

  2. Wayne

    Quicksilver Messanger Service’s Fresh Air “Have another hit of fresh air”

    September 30, 2011 at 5:01 pm

  3. RF

    Light up or Leave me Alone – Traffic

    September 30, 2011 at 6:14 pm

  4. Brilliant

    September 30, 2011 at 7:19 pm

  5. JOHN MANN

    Of course you remember all the hoohaa over “Puff, the Magic Dragon” which EVERYBODY knew was about pot, except Peter Yarrow has always said it was about loss of innocence (which still could mean marijuana). He said, “It’s a children’s song. When I write a song about drugs, I’ll damn well let you know!”

    September 30, 2011 at 7:53 pm

  6. Holy geeze….the twilight zone that was “Hotel California”

    September 30, 2011 at 10:09 pm

  7. Tim

    Charlie Daniels Uneasy Rider, Toking on a number and juking on the radio.

    October 1, 2011 at 2:17 am

  8. Debbie

    Captain Jack-Billy Joel

    October 1, 2011 at 10:04 am

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