1970s Musicians Glorifying Marijuana in Song
Back in the 1970s we smoked weed, but I don't remember doing any songs about it.
This band was not afraid to let their freak flag fly!
dig the green Blazers, LOL
One of the first songs I ever wrote was called " I wanna get stoned". The middle 8 was something like " I wanna get stoned, no blood or breaking bones, I just wanna stay stoned, for the rest of my life".
I also wrote a song called "I wish I had a field of pot".
I love the sweet leaf, oh yeah baby.
Passage to Bangkok - Rush
Everybody Must Get Stoned. - Bob Dylan.
Smokin' - Boston
Don't Bogart Me
Rainy Day Women
(I'm pretty sure the first two were late sixties)
Little Green Bag
Look to the left :ninja: Look to the right
And a bass intro!
Evidently Lawrence Welk didn't know what the word "toke" meant....although I think his co-host got the picture -- note how he clears his throat and looks a little embarrassed.
Arlo Guthrie, "Mr. Customs Man"
Anybody remember David Peel and the Lower East Side from the '60s?
Love me some David Peel
Make ME president of the United States and I promise you a POT in every CHICKEN.
"Don't Step on the Grass" Steppenwolf
But it's not just the 70's
"Too High For the Supermarket" The Uninvited
"Hey Fred" Rehab
And a host of others.
SWEET LEAF - Black Sabbath
During the 70's the big radio station here in cincinnati (webn) used to make an album every year (called the webn album project) with submissions from local acts. each one was pretty much guaranteed to have at least one. on the third one they did there was a song called "the toke monster". cool disco/funky/classic rock feel with some pretty fun lyrics. no metaphors there, just straight up pot song. maybe with the info i've given about it somebody who is good with tracking down obscure stuff can find it and post a link. WEBN Album Project #3. there were a few neat songs on it (i had the record) another memorable one was "music, sex and cookies", which still turns up on the local classic rock station every so often.
Found it myself, this one would be a fun cover:
another fun one, which would also make a fantastic cover for a bluegrass band:
watchin TV with the radio on - barefoot Jerry
OK, guys. I was only trying to point out the dichotomy between the subject matter in the material, and the public image/persona of The Lawrence Welk Show. It just seems like they did not understand what the word "toke" meant. I would bet that some of the musicians involved did get it, but I am sure Lawrence did not. I found it amusing.
About as many drug songs as there are songs glorifying sex and R&R.
Oh wait, sex drugs, and R&R?...seems I've heard that somewhere before.
When I was in elementary school we had a short period of popularity for Clackers. The Lucite balls on a string you bang against each other at high speed. Our principal had this thing that anything we considered fun was bad so he went on the PA and told us we were no longer allowed to being our balls to school because someone was going to get hurt when someone else's balls exploded while they were playing with them.
He also banned fizzies and seaves (Frisbees) when a few showed up and made their way to the playground.
Apparently a lot of uptight people have a hard time with current slang and make fools of themselves because of it.
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