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    Every rock song is about weed or Jesus

    Think about it ... when you look at the lyrics of any rock song, from the early days of Elvis to the present day of unsigned indie artists, they could be interpreted as devotational screeds to two objects of affection.

    1) Weed.
    2) Jesus.

    Let's pick a random song, like ... oh, Californication by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

    Psychic spies from China
    Try to steal your mind's elation


    "Psychic spy" ... isn't that a kind of weed? Weed does steal your mind's elation by mellowing you out, doesn't it?

    Little girls from Sweden
    Dream of silver screen quotations


    Why are they dreaming? Maybe zoning out from the kindbud, perhaps. Of course, the girls are from SWEEDen.

    And if you want these kind of dreams
    It's Californication


    "Californication" - isn't that the effect of smoking semi-legally grown pot from Humboldt County?
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    You know, some guy the other day was tryin' to sell me on this bunkum 'bout how songs like: 'Purple Haze' or 'I need a new drug' were really about drugs if you can believe that.
    This simply doesn't hold up to scrutiny. Let's look at some lyrics....
    "s'cuse me while I kiss the sky" Clearly, Mr. Hendrix in this context was referring to having a fondness for atmospheric sciences. Why is it necessary to put such a convoluted interpretive spin on everything?

    I expect next thing you'll be telling us is that Norman Greenbaum's big hit was about an ode to Jesus. Did it ever occur to you that the 'spirit in the sky' could be a bottle of spirits of alcohol?

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    Someone once pointed out to me that pretty much every Steely Dan song is about drugs, booze, or young girls. Or a combination of all three!

    Consider:
    Haitian Divorce
    She takes the taxi to the good hotel
    Bon marché as far as she can tell
    She drinks the zombie from the cocoa shell
    She feels alright, she get it on tonight
    Mister driver
    Take me where the music play
    Papa say

    Babylon Sisters
    My friends say no don't go
    For that cotton candy
    Son you're playing with fire
    The kid will live and learn
    As he watches his bridges burn
    From the point of no return

    Babylon sisters shake it
    Babylon sisters shake it
    So fine so young
    Tell me I'm the only one

    Hey Nineteen
    The Cuervo Gold
    The fine Colombian
    Make tonight a wonderful thing
    We can't dance together
    No we can't talk at all

    Kid Charlemagne
    Clean this mess up else we'll all end up in jail
    Those test tubes and the scale
    Just get it all out of here
    Is there gas in the car?
    Yes, there's gas in the car
    I think the people down the hall know who you are
    The purpose of life is a life of purpose

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    I guess One Toke Over the Line would be the quintessential song of that genre since it features both weed and Jesus.

    ARTIST: Brewer and Shipley
    TITLE: One Toke Over the Line
    Lyrics and Chords


    {Refrain}
    One toke over the line, sweet Jesus, one toke over the line
    Sittin' downtown in a railway station, one toke over the line
    Waitin' for the train that goes home, sweet Mary
    Hoping that the train is on time
    Sittin' downtown in a railway station, one toke over the line

    Who do you love, I hope it's me
    I've been changing, as you can plainly see
    I felt the joy and I learned about the pain that my mama said
    If I should choose to make it part of me
    Would surely strike me dead, and now I'm

    {Refrain}

    I sail away, a country mile
    And now I'm returning, and showing off my smile
    I met all the girls and I loved myself a few, and to my surprise
    Like everything else that I've been through
    They opened up my eyes, and now I'm

    {Refrain}
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    ...or sex.

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    Quote Originally posted by SlaveToTheGrind View post
    ...or sex.
    Gasp...Sex, Drugs, AND Rock 'n Roll?
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    I dunno about that one. Let's just look at your first example- Elvis. The first song that comes to mind is "You ain't nothing but a hound dog". I don't think that's about weed or jesus.

    For a more recent example, what about "Pants on the ground". I don't think that song is about weed or jesus.
    Children in the back seat can cause accidents - and vice versa.

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    Quote Originally posted by wahday View post
    Someone once pointed out to me that pretty much every Steely Dan song is about drugs, booze, or young girls.
    What's up with teh Throbbing Brain's obsession with Steely Dan? Just wondering...

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    Quote Originally posted by TexanOkie View post
    What's up with teh Throbbing Brain's obsession with Steely Dan? Just wondering...
    Simply that they were one of the Greatest. Bands. Ever. (or at the very least during the 1970's). Given their cerebral lyrics and complex jazz-influenced music stylings, it should come as no surprise that the typical intelligent, cultured, sophisticated Cyburbian appreciates them alot (heck, I think even RJ likes 'em).

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    the typical intelligent, cultured, sophisticated Cyburbian
    Now that's an oxymoron if I've ever heard one...bet you can't name three.
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    Now that's an oxymoron if I've ever heard one...bet you can't name three.
    You, me, and Dupree? (the last seldom posts)

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    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner View post
    I dunno about that one. Let's just look at your first example- Elvis. The first song that comes to mind is "You ain't nothing but a hound dog". I don't think that's about weed or jesus.
    Well they said you was high-classed
    Well, that was just a lie
    Yeah they said you was high-classed
    Well, that was just a lie
    Well, you ain't never caught a rabbit
    And you ain't no friend of mine


    High-classed? Also, I suspect that "caught a rabbit" could have been an early euphemism for getting high, "rabbit" implying the psychedelic world in the rabbit hole experienced by Alice in Alice in Wonderland. When you achieve a state of marijuana-induced bliss, you "caught the rabbit", so to speak.

    Now, some Steely Dan.

    Give her some funked up music, she treats you nice
    Feed her some hungry reggae, she'll love you twice
    The girls don't seem to care tonight
    As long as the mood is right
    FM - no static at all


    First off, the song FM is smooth and mellow, just like how one feels after they've plugged in to some British Columbia Hydro. "Hungry reggae" - well, pot makes you hungry, and the reggae reference is self-exclamatory. "Mood is right" ... how is the mood made right? With FM - fine marijuana. The good stuff isn't harsh - "no static at all".

    Technically, FM stations have a wider bandwidth than AM stations. You know what can widen your own personal bandwidth? That's right.
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    Quote Originally posted by TexanOkie View post
    What's up with teh Throbbing Brain's obsession with Steely Dan? Just wondering...
    A certain Cyburbian takes their name from a lyric in Don't Take Me Alive
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Alright, here is "Thirteen" by Sk6ers: Find me drugs or Jesus.

    When I was thirteen it seemed to me
    That there would always be another girl to meet
    There was no rush and I’d always blush
    And it felt so good to take it seriously

    When I was thirteen I saw it on the screen
    The way that I should be, another girl to meet
    We were cleaner then and more innocent
    There’s nothing so unlucky about being thirteen

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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    Technically, FM stations have a wider bandwidth than AM stations. You know what can widen your own personal bandwidth? That's right.
    I sense a challenge. Okay Mr. Smartypants, what does the song 'Blue Collar Man' by Styx have to do with weed or Jeebus?

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    Quote Originally posted by stroskey View post
    When I was thirteen I saw it on the screen
    The way that I should be, another girl to meet
    We were cleaner then and more innocent
    There’s nothing so unlucky about being thirteen
    Why were they really "cleaner then" and "more innocent"? Only because they made Jesus their personal savior, and took a vow of abstinence at their Bible-believing church. Why the emphasis on 13? There were 13 participants at the Last Supper. I bet the video has people waving their raised arms in the air.
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    I sense a challenge. Okay Mr. Smartypants, what does the song 'Blue Collar Man' by Styx have to do with weed or Jeebus?
    Keeping my mind on a better life
    Where happiness is only a heartbeat away
    Paradise can it be all I heard it was
    I close my eyes and maybe I'm already there


    How can a blue-collar man close his eyes and find paradise? Where do you find happiness only a heartbeat away? That's right - the last stanza of Blue Collar Man is about our subject lighting up a doob after reflecting on his daily struggles, and escaping.

    C'mon, Maister ... you're in Michigan. You should know. Read Rivethead, and learn how the author and GM factory workers of the 1970s and 1980s relaxed after a hard day of work.
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    [C'mon, Maister ....


    Fine. I should make you work for it this time, Diether, how about "Pocket Calculator" by Kraftwerk?

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Fine. I should make you work for it this time, Diether, how about "Pocket Calculator" by Kraftwerk?
    I'm the operator with my pocket calculator
    I'm the operator with my pocket calculator
    I am adding and subtracting
    I'm controlling and composing
    I'm the operator with my pocket calculator
    I'm the operator with my pocket calculator


    Okay, a "pocket calculator" is a small pipe. Just like a calculator, use of a small pipe also expands and supplements the cognitive ability of the human brain. "Adding and subtracting, controlling and composing" describes the act of packing the pipe just right. With weed.

    I am adding and subtracting
    I'm controlling and composing
    By pressing down a special key, it plays a little melody
    By pressing down a special key, it plays a little melody


    After lighting up the "pocket calculator" following "controlling and composing", a button is pressed down on an unspecified device -- probably a tape deck, considering when the song was written -- to play a "little melody" to chill out to. Pink Floyd, perhaps? "Pressing down a special key" could also describe the act of lighting a lighter; for example, the rhythm of musical clinks made by opening, lighting and closing a Zippo.
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    Huh. In light of that revelation I guess every rock song is indeed about either weed or Jesus.

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    I will say that every rock song is either about sex, drugs (of all kinds), rock and roll, hard living/city life, or religion (including both songs about Jesus or about heaven, hell, the devil, etc.), but not simply weed or Jesus. I'm sure for many bands of the 60s/70s and alternative bands of the 1990s, the weed/Jesus thing may be true. But if you look at bands like Aerosmith, AC/DC, Van Halen, Guns N' Roses, Motley Crue, etc., you will find that many of their songs are about sex. A few are about drugs, religion, rock and roll, and other topics, but most are about sex.

    Examples: Anything Goes by Guns N' Roses, Cheesecake by Aerosmith, She Goes Down by Motley Crue, Sink the Pink by AC/DC, and Black and Blue by Van Halen are all clearly about sex. Anyone who thinks any differently obviously is misunderstanding the lyrics.
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    I know you're out there

    I will sit in this thread where everything is safe and happy and cool

    I could be wrong but I have seen your face before
    You were the man that I saw running from his door
    You owed him money but you gave him something more

    With a gun
    With a gun
    You will be what you are just the same
    Did you pay the other man with the piece in your hand
    And leave him lying in the rain?

    You were the founders of the clinic on the hill
    Until he caught you with your fingers in the till
    He slapped your hand so you settled up your bill
    that was the beginning but of course, as we all do, they got old and then wrote this

    She said, talk to me, do you ever see
    Anybody else from our old crew
    Bobby Dakine won the Bunsen Prize
    Now he's coming out with something new
    Alan owns a chain of Steamer Heavens
    And Barry is the software king
    And somebody told me in the early 80's
    You were gonna be the Next Big Thing

    CHORUS:
    Well now that was just a rumor
    But I guess I'm doin' fine
    Three weeks out of the rehab
    Living one day at a time
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    This thread threw my memory circuitry back to the early 1970s, a dance bar in Bowling Green, OH, and this Bear attempting to "trip the light fantastic", probably in the eyes of others, not so well. Anyhoo, this tune is still a great rocker and very obviously belongs on this thread.....if you will allow the most obvious submissions.

    Bear

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    Bear, if you're up there reading this, maybe you can do something to make that Doobie Brothers video reappear.

    Thinking of you and your family this Thanksgiving.

    Speaking of which, turkey and pot have a lot in common. When you're hungry, you eat turkey, and then feel tired. When you smoke weed, you feel tired, and then hungry.
    Growth for growth's sake is the ideology of the cancer cell. -- Edward Abbey

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    "Domo Arigato" by Styx

    "Girls, girls, girls" by Motley Crue

    "Hot for Teacher" by Van Halen
    "When life gives you lemons, just say 'No thanks'." - Henry Rollins

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