Temple of the Dog – Times of Trouble

Temple of the Dog perustettiin Mother Love Bonen laulajan Andrew Woodin kunniaksi. Andrew Wood kuoli heroiinin yliannostukseen. Temple of the Dogin ainoalla levyllä useammatkin laulut käsittelevät Woodin poismenoa. Tämä Chris Cornellin kirjoittama laulu kertoo, että älkää tehkö kuin Wood vaan yrittäkää pysyä kasassa ja erossa aineista.

“When the spoon is hot
And the needle’s sharp
And you drift away
I can hear you say
That the world in black
Is upon your back
And your body shakes
So you ditch away
And you close the shades

Don’t try to do it
Don’t try to kill your time
You might do it
Then you can’t change your mind
You’ve got a hold on to your time
Till your break through these
Times of trouble

When you try to talk
And the words get hard
And they put you down
Don’t you stay
Don’t you ditch away

I saw you swinging
Swinging your mother’s sword
I know you’re playing but
Sometimes the rules get hard
But if somebody left you out on a ledge
If somebody pushed you over the edge
If somebody loved you and left you for dead
You got to hold on to your time till you break
Through these times of trouble”

Porcupine Tree – Linton Samuel Dawson

Biisi on hyvin varhaista Porcupine Treen tuotantoa. Taitaa olla bändin ensimmäiseltä EP:ltä. Biisin nimen etukirjaimista muodostuu LSD ja kyllähän tämä trippailevasta kaverista kertookin.

“Linton Samuel Dawson
Lives in inner space
He hangs around with a circus troupe
Outside the human race

Linton Samuel Dawson
Has just reached 25
Artists travel from outside time
Just to see his rainbow jive

He’s bored, He’s bored.

Linton Samuel Dawson
Yields his knowledge in a phial
A vivid play on an emerald day
I s experienced in his smile

Linton Samuel Dawson
Visits many open minds
He aids escape to tranquility
From the boredom of mankind

Boredom. From the boredom.
From the boredom of mankind.”

Alice Cooper – Hey Stoopid

Alice varoittelee huumeista.

“Hey bro, take it slow
You ain’t livin’ in a video
You’re flying low with a high velocity
No doubt, you’re stressin’ out
That ain’t what rock n’ roll’s about
Get off that one way trip down lonely street

Now I know you’ve been kicked around
You ain’t alone in this ugly town
You stick a needle in your arm
You bite the dust, you buy the farm

Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey stoopid
What ya tryin’ to do
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey stoopid
They win you lose
Hey, hye, hey, hey, hey stoopid

C’mon girl, it’s a better day
Get your foot out of that grave
Don’t let that one love tear your world apart
C’mon babe, kick that stuff
Show the street it ain’t so tough
Quit lyin’ around with a crippled, broken heart

Now I know you’ve been seeing red
Don’t put a pistol to your head
sometimes your answer’s heaven sent
Your way is so damn permanent

This ain’t your daddy talkin’
You know, I know
Your story ain’t so shocking
You know, I know
Blow some steam
C’mon and scream”

Guns N’ Roses – The Garden

Ei suinkaan kaikkein ilmeisimpiä huumebiisejä. Gardenin voi nähdä viittaamaan omelämänkerrallisesti Axl:n elämään ja 90-luvun sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll meininkiin. Tai Garden voi viitata suoraan huumeiden käyttäjän mielentilaan. Hmm…

“You know you’re all alone
Your friends they aren’t at home
Everybody’s gone to the garden
As you look into the trees
You can look but you don’t see
The flowers seem to tease you at the garden
Everybody’s there, but you don’t seem to care
What’s it with you man, and this garden
Turned into my worst phobia,
a crazy man’s utopia”

Guns N’ Roses – Bad Obsession

Aivan erinomaiset lyriikat huumeriippuvuudesta…

“Too bad you’re fucked up
I used to be wasted
Always tried to take it
Take it down into my vein
I call the doctor
He’s just another
He said I’m sick in the brain
He said you ain’t special
So who you foolin’
Don’t try ta give me a line
But I can’t stop thinking ’bout doin’ it
one more time”