Seems that when I start something I like to go with the flow and see where it leads me. I’m not saying I can’t stop. I can stop anytime. I swear, right? What am I talking about? Well, yesterday I posted a video of Martika’s “Toy Soldiers” and thought it would be interesting to check out some other songs about addiction. I am looking for anything with prescription drug detox, or something along those lines.
Anyone know of one?
In the meantime, this song brought me back. I remember hearing it, not this specific version, on a dance floor in Boston in the mid 80’s. The song “White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It)” was originally released as a 12″ in 1983, and by the time I heard a really good dance version it was mixed by the DJ. (Umm…doesn’t anyone remember when DJ’s actually mixed vinyl?)
Anyhow, here are some of the lyrics…Again, I’ve removed the chorus. The lyrics warn against the dangers of cocaine, addiction and drug smuggling. It’s a good song with a great message. Enjoy!
Ticket to ride, white line highway
Tell all your friends, they can go my way
Pay your toll, sell your soul
Pound for pound costs more than gold
The longer you stay, the more you pay
My white lines go a long way
Either up your nose or through your vein
With nothin to gain except killin’ your brain.
A million magic crystals, painted pure and white
A multi-million dollars almost overnight
Twice as sweet as sugar, twice as bitter as salt
And if you get hooked, baby, it’s nobody else’s fault, so don’t do it!
A street kid gets arrested, gonna do some time
He got out three years from now just to commit more crime A
businessman is caught with 24 kilos
He’s out on bail and out of jail
And that’s the way it goes
Athletes rejected, governerds corrected
Gangsters, thugs and smugglers are thoroughly respected
The money gets divided
The women get excited
Now I’m broke and it’s no joke
It’s hard as hell to fight it, don’t buy it!
Little Jack Horner sitting on the corner
With no shoes and clothes
This aint funny, but he took his money
And sniffed it up his nose.