Yes, OK, we all understood that “La main verte” was about drugs, we can’t say that Tryo was very subtle on this subject. On the other hand, there are plenty of songs that cause drugs without us ever having calculated anything, naive as we were. Well… it’s certainly also because these songs were in English and if on the one hand we never listen to the lyrics, then we’re sure not to pay too much attention to them. Whatever happens, we give you ten examples straight away.
1. Airplane, Red Hot Chili Peppers
For many fans, the song is simply about getting away from it all music, but if you take a closer look, there is every reason to believe that the song is alluding to drugs. History to settle the debate, Anthony Kiedis explains in his biography that he wrote the song at a dark time when he plunged back into drugs. This thesis is therefore more than probable. Words “Someone better slap me…before I start to decompose” put us on the way…
2. Time to pretend, MGMT
I like MGMT but overall their lyrics are pure incitement to debauchery. “Live fast and die young” (so “live fast and die young”), the song simply says “I will move to Paris, shoot heroin and fuck with the stars”. Well great. You better go visit the Eiffel Tower and take a tour on a young white-beak fly boat.
3. White Rabbit, Jefferson Airplaine
Ok maybe I’m super sub-mental (yes), but personally I had never calculated the drug addict message that this song sent to us in the esgourdes. In fact, the song refers to LSD and more specifically to its hallucinogenic effects. The practical thing is that the lyrics being so enigmatic (and inspired by the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland), it was never censored on the radio.
4. Poem to a Horse, Shakira
When we watch a clip of Shakira we generally pay little attention to the words of her songs. That’s how we end up with lyrics that tell here his love story with a drug addict. And even that in the lyrics bah the drug addict he doesn’t care about Shaki’s kidneys and even that afterwards she wants to break up with him: “You’re too far away for me to bring you back” she proclaims in the height of despair .
5. Clint Eastwood, Gorillaz
Contrary to what the title suggests, it does not speak at all but then not at all of Clint Eastwood and if we can recognize a nod to the western in the sentence “I am not happy but I have in my bag of gold bars” (“im feeling glad, i got sunshine in a bag”), in reality the gold bullion refers here above all to psychotropic drugs.
6. The A Team, Ed Sheeran
Ok, guys, you just have to listen a little. The song tells the story of a prostitute who is also drugged. A story that was inspired by a group of very struggling people he met in a shelter.
7. Ashes to ashes, by David Bowie
David Bowie wasn’t the furthest guy from the drug world. And this song is a great example. At first you may not have known that this was the sequel to Space Oddity. In this historic hit, he portrays Major Tom as an astronaut. Ten years later, in Ashes to ashes we still follow Major Tom but who is this time… a drug addict.
8. We Found Love, Rihanna ft. calvin harris
BUT NO BUT WHAAAAAAAAAAT. And bah yeah my little friends. When it’s about “Yellow diamonds” we’re not talking about jewelry. Look instead for the euphoric rush caused by drugs and in particular MDMA. Good at the same time I tell you all that, but it is enough to see the clip to capture that the two wags are completely torn from the underpants.
9. The Kids Aren’t Alright, The Offspring
As the title of the song suggests, the kids are not well. But why are they not well? Since at the time when we were listening to Offspring we weren’t too well versed in English, we certainly didn’t realize that the song told the story of several young adults from the same city who meet a bunch of galleys : unintended pregnancy, unemployment, drug addiction and suicide.
10. Symphony No. 9, Beethoven
Incredible but true, Beethoven’s hit, which is also the European anthem, would in fact be a dark apology for MDMA. And to think that we complain that our young people listen to JUL while that old lascar Ludwig was there trying to deal us his hash in D minor.