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Dope Lyrics & Drinking Songs
(For educational use only!)
   

 

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Introductory Explanation

Every year or so, I grab several hundred records, tapes, and CDs, schlep them over to the studios of KBOO FM, Oregon's only (and some say America's only) listener-sponsored community radio station. Here I perform a program called "Five Hours of Songs about Drugs." My premise is that the entire story of drug and alcohol use in our culture has already been told in popular song, and that the issues of drug and alcohol use are probably best understood by listening to the lyrics of these songs. It's also lots of fun to collect these songs and to perform the show -- but don't tell anybody I said that!

This radio show is legal in America only becuase I present the program as an educational documentary. The fact that I do not drink alcohol or use illicit drugs would only fortify my case should the Federal Communications Commission ever drag KBOO FM into court over this. Otherwise, playing drug-lyric songs on the radio is strictly verboten in the United States of America -- the First Amendment to our Bill of Rights notwithstanding.

Please note that my understanding of copyright law and the Fair Use clause is only slightly more thorough than my understanding of broadcast law. Also, many of these songs are on tape, and tapes often do not give complete publishing information. So, if I am violating your copyright by posting your lyrics for the purpose of cultural education, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Cliff Walker

 

I tracked down, transcribed, typed, and formatted these songs all by hand, and I did all this solely to bring attention to this web site in the hope that somebody who needs it might have a better chance of finding it because these lyrics are here.

 

Please do not post these on your own web site. Rather, support the work that spawned this work by simply linking to this page, okay? If you want unique, unposted lyrics for your own site, then please find them, transcribe them, and type them yourself. Okay?

 

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Needle of Death

by Bert Jansch

 

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The Last Shot

by Lou Reed

 

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Hand of Doom

by Black Sabbath

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The Needle

by John Trudell, a.k.a. Graffiti Man

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King Heroin
by James Brown

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Lorraine

by Jim Carroll (1982)

 

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Sam Stone
by John Prine
transcribed by Andy Prescott

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Needle and Spoon

by Savoy Brown

 

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Snowblind Friend

by Hoyt Axton

    

Over the Hill
by Ten Years After

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Red Guitar

by Loudon Wainright III

 

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Illegal Smile
by John Prine

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Heaven and Mud

by Loudon Wainright III

 

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Chug-A-Lug
by Roger Miller

 

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New Amphetamine Shriek

by The Fugs (1966)

I don't have a bedtime 
I don't need to cum 
For I have become 
An amphetamine bum 
If you don't like sleeping 
And don't want to screw 
Then you should take lots 
Of amphetamine too

These stimulant games 
Can make life so sweet 
I can walk down the street 
Without moving my feet 
My brain works so fleet 
I can outwit the heat 
And I never feel beat 
And I don't need to eat

I'm always excited 
I just love to walk 
My jaws keep on moving 
And turning out talk 
I love to draw pictures 
In layers and layers 
And say the words backwards 
When I say my prayers

There's nine bouncing people 
In one little room 
The vectors are threading 
Eternity's loom 
It's not bad for brain cells 
The doctors proclaim 
It's almost as safe as 
That good old cocaine

 

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Merrywanna

by P.H. Factor

(Sung as barbershop-esque dirge to:
"We Wish You a Merry Christmas")

 

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LSD

by Country Joe and the Fish

(sung as old timey jug band)

 

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I Shot de Sheriff

lyrics by Chevy Chase

(Same tune; different words)

 

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Lickin' Toads Again

lyrics by Fred Zeppelin (1995)

(sung to "On the Road Again")

 

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Snoot Full of Snow

by Allen & Grier (1963)

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