The Temptations – Cloud Nine

Biisi kertoo kaverista, jota elämä ei ole hellinyt. Hän asui slummissa, isä oli työtön ja väkivaltainen. Tätä kaikkea hän pakenee huumeiden tuomaan hyvään oloon.

”The childhood part of my life wasn’t very pretty
You see, I was born and raised in the slums of the city
It was a one-room shack we slept in, the children beside me
We hardly had enough food or rooms
It was a hard time
Needed somethin’ to ease my troubled mind.

Ooooh listen
Father didn’t know the meaning of work
He disrespected Mama and treated her slightly
I left home seekin’ a job that I never did find
The first thing, downhearted, I took to Cloud 9”

Amy Winehouse – Rehab

”They tried to make me go to rehab but I said no, no, no
Yes I’ve been black but when I come back you’ll know, know know
I don’t got the time
And if my daddy thinks I’m fine
You tried to make me go to rehab but I won’t go, go, go”

Amy ei halunnut mennä vieroitukseen. Oikeasti.

Daniel Merriweather – Live by Night

”You live by night
And waste the day
You give yourself
You give yourself away

I know that when you started
You liked the way you felt
And yes I understand you
But to everybody else…

It’s black and white
To you it’s grey
You know I’ll love you anyway

But it seems to me you’re living on the run
But I hope you know you’re not the only one

Who lives by night
Lives by night
They’re only trying to chase away the sun”

Biisi voisi kertoa läheisen ihmisen huumeidenkäytöstä.

James Brown – King Heroin

”I’m financed in China, ran in Japan
I’m respected in Turkey and I’m legal in Siam
I take my addicts and make ’em steal, borrow, beg
Then they search for a vein in their arm or their leg
So, be you Italian, Jewish, Black or Mex
I can make the most virile of men forget their sex
So now, no, my man, you must (you know) do your best
To keep up your habit until your arrest”

James Brown laulaa heroiinin vaaroista antamalla kappaleessa suunvuoron aineelle itselleen ja seurauksena on pitkä totuuksien litania.