Tool – Sober

Wikipedia tietää kertoa: Tool guitarist Adam Jones has stated in an interview that the song is about a friend of the band whose artistic expression only comes out when he is under the influence. “A lot of people give him shit for that,” Jones explains. “If you become addicted and a junkie, well, that’s your fault.

“There’s a shadow just behind me,
Shrouding every step I take,
Making every promise empty,
Pointing every finger at me.
Waiting like a stalking butler
Who upon the finger rests.
Murder now the path called “must we”
Just before the son has come.
Jesus, won’t you fucking whistle
Something but the past and done?
Why can’t we not be sober?
I just want to start this over.
Why can’t we drink forever.
I just want to start things over.
I am just a worthless liar.
I am just an imbecile.
I will only complicate you.
Trust in me and fall as well.
I will find a center in you.
I will chew it up and leave,
I will work to elevate you
Just enough to bring you down.
Trust me.
Mother Mary won’t you whisper
Something but what’s past and done.
Trust me.
I want what I want.”

Clawfinger – Sad to See Your Sorrow

Clawfingerin debyyttialbumilta löytyy hieno tilitys voimattomuuden tunteesta kun huumeitten kanssa kamppailevan frendin vierellä on niin turhautunut olo kun tuntuu, ettei voi tehdä mitään auttaakseen häntä.

“I want to touch you but I don’t possess the power
it turns me inside out to feel the pain of your distress
you push the needle deeper in your arm for every hour
I know your life was so beautiful but now it’s turned into a mess
I’ve tried to understand you but the thoughts seems so unreal
that a person would forsake herself and try to break herself with pain
just like a child you’re so innocent and you long so much to feel
but instead you push the needle deeper down your vein
sad to see you sad to see your sorrow
you know I’ve seen you in so many diffrent ways
the reflections of your agony are scared upon your face
warm the spoon just to numb yourself from much much better days
and you hope that someone else is there who might want to take your place
everything you scream I hear you thought you scream so silent
and you’re longing for your babychild to be in a much better place
so addicted to your loneliness full of self destructive violence
you still try to love your child and see the smile opon it’s face
sad to see you sad to see your sorrow…..
take away the pain and take away the sorrow
I cry in silence hoping you’ll come through
take away the pain you could be dead tommorow
I wish that I could help you but there’s nothing I can do
I WISH I COULD HELP YOU BUT THERE’S NOTHING I CAN DO
I feel as if I’m by your side even though you’re far away from here
the poison mingles with your blood and slowly satisfies you
but what I wonder most of all is if you really want to disappear
you keep struggleing with emotions mixed inside you
please don’t disappear you know to many people love you
but you see you’re still the only one that can ever dry your tears
so don’t you rely on anyone below or up above you
you better grab your life and then get a grip before it disappears
sad to see you sad to see your sorrow”

Tom Waits – Crossroads

Karu tarina…

“Now, George was a good straight boy to begin with, but there was bad blood
In him; someway he got into the magic bullets and that leads straight to
Devil’s work, just like marijuana leads to heroin; you think yo ucan take
Them bullets or leave ’em, do you?
Just save a few for your bad days

Well, now, we all have those bad days when you can’t shoot for shit.

The more of them magics you use, the more bad days you have without them
So it comes down finally to all your days being bad without the bullets
It’s magics or nothing
Time to stop chippying around and kidding yourself,
Kid, you’re hooked, heavy as lead

And that’s where old George found himself
Out there at the crossroads
Molding the Devil’s bullets
Now a man figures it’s his bullets, so it will
Hit what he wants to hit
But it don’t always work that way”

Neil Young – White Line

Neil Young diggailee autoista ja hänen biiseissään on usein tiehen liittyviä metaforia. Valkoinen viiva voisi viitata tässä kyllä kokaiiniinkin.

“That old white line
is friend of mine
And it’s good time
we’ve been making
Right now I’m rolling down
the open road
And the daylight
will soon be breaking.

I was adrift
on a river of pride
It seemed like such a
long easy ride
You were my raft
but I let you slide
I’ve been down but
I’m coming back up again.”

Suede – Animal Nitrate

Biisi kertoo poppersien (amyylinitraatit tai butyylinitriitit) käytöstä. Poppersien sanotaan toimivan varsinkin seksistimulantteina ja usein ne liitetään homoihin.

“Like his dad you know that he’s had
Animal nitrate in mind,
Oh in your council home he jumped on your bones
Now you’re taking it time after time

Oh it turns you on, on, now he has gone
Oh what turns you on now your animal’s gone?

Well he said he’d show you his bed
And the delights of the chemical smile,
So in your broken home he broke all your bones
Now you’re taking it time after time”

13th Floor Elevators – Roller Coaster

Sanoitukset pyrkivät kertomaan kuinka psykedeelit laajentavat mieltä ja auttavat ymmärtämään maailmaa.

“After your trip life opens up,
you start doing what you want to do
and you find out that the world that you once feared,
gets what it has from you…
No one can ever hurt you
cause you know more than you thought you knew
and you’re looking at the world
from brand new eyes,
and no one can ever spoil the view”