10 Tripped-Out Songs About Hallucinogens and Psychedelics

Categories: Drug Month!

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Timothy Leary
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Sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. It's in many ways the enduring holy trinity of pop music. Like it or not -- we're not advocating anything -- drugs are responsible for lots of great songwriting. So every Friday in August, we're going to take a look at the impact of drugs on popular music.

Psychedelics and music go hand in hand. Between popular songs and TV shows, LSD had a huge cultural impact on the 1970s. Some people use LSD to find God, and for others, it's responsible for creativity. Steve Jobs said, "Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life." Without acid, you may not be reading this on your iPhone right now.

This week we're focusing on psychedelics, so here are 10 trippy songs about LSD, MDMA, and magic mushrooms.

The Beatles -- Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
Picture yourself in a boat on a river
With tangerine trees and marmalade skies
Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly
A girl with kaleidoscope eyes

John Lennon claims that the imagery in this song is about a picture Julian drew. Uh-huh, so it must be a coincidence that the title can be abbreviated as LSD. What kind of kid draws rocking-horse people eating marshmallow pies, anyway?

Jefferson Airplane -- White Rabbit
One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you
Don't do anything at all
Go ask Alice, when she's 10 feet tall

Alice in Wonderland may be the all-time best example of a drug trip disguised as a children's story. Though, for the record, LSD didn't exist in Lewis Carroll's lifetime.


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