Drugs and Songs and Rock 'N' Roll

Ever wondered what some songs are really about? We've got a selection of tracks, all accused of hidden chemical induced themes. Are these Rockers guilty as charged, or are we letting our imagination run away with us? You decide.

drugs and songs and rock n roll

10. Peter Paul and Mary - Puff The Magic Dragon. Come on now, surely there's no defending this one - with about a million possible pot references thrown in and of course the title. Peter, Paul and Mary however, claim the song was inspired by Ogden Nash's The Tale of The Custard Dragon and is in fact about the loss of childhood innocence. (To substance abuse maybe?...).

9. David Bowie - Space Oddity. Bursting with psychedelic space themes, it's almost a natural assumption that 'Space Oddity' was drug-inspired. The song was apparently released to coincide with the Apollo 11 moon landing, though In 'Ashes To Ashes' Bowie later admits that "We know major Tom's a junkie". We say guilty as charged.

8. Blur - Beetlebum. Rumour has it that 'Beetlebum' was based on Albarn's drug experimentation with ex-girlfriend and Elastica front-woman, Justine Frischmann. Albarn tried to claim that 'Beetlebum' was meant to represent a range of complex emotions, before finally giving up and admitting: "it's all about drugs, basically".

7. The Byrds - Eight Miles High. The title is again, anything but subtle, so it's not surprising that 'Eight Miles High' was originally subjected to a U.S radio ban. The band strongly denied allegations of drug references, saying it was about flying to England. However in later years, Clark and Crosby confessed that the song was at least partially drug-inspired. Spotting a bit of a theme yet?

6. Oasis - Morning Glory. There have been several interpretations of this classic hit. Aside from the obvious, (just read the title...) the song has been referenced to cocaine use, with lyrics such as: "All your dreams are made/When you're chained to the mirror and the razor blade" making an appearance. Noel Gallagher dissolved all rumours when he explained that the song was originally inspired by listening to a walkman, whilst high on cocaine. Well that sure cleared up any confusion.

5. The Rolling Stones - Jumping Jack Flash. A 'Jumping Jack Flash' is supposedly slang for injecting heroin into your tear ducts... Case closed.

4. The La's - There She Goes. With lines like "There she goes again... racing through my brain... pulsing through my vein... no one else can heal my pain", its no surprise that the song gained a reputation about heroin use. The band have denied the rumours, although guitarist Paul Hemmings simply says he doesn't know. If he's not sure, then there's no hope for us.

3. The Beatles - Got To Get You Into My Life. Written by Sir Paul McCartney, the track received countless accusations about its true meaning. Many thought it was about McCartney's burning desire to sample the forbidden fruit. However, it is equally likely that it's simply a na?ve love song. On this occasion, we say innocent till proven guilty!

2. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Lookin' Out My Back Door. A cartwheeling giant, flying spoons, and an Elephant? If this doesn't scream acid trip, I don't know what does. John Fogerty tried to claim that this was based on Dr. Seuss' Books, written for his unsuspecting son. You're not fooling anyone John.

1. Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit. Another psychedelic trip of a song, promising 'hookah smoking caterpillars' on mushrooms, pills that make you bigger/smaller and a whole lot more. Of course in their defence Jefferson stated that the song was simply based on Alice In Wonderland. But Grace Slick later admitted that she was in fact on LSD when the lyrics were first written.

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by Graeme Robin Smith; Thursday, May 5, 2011 @ 10:34 AM [4013]

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