You don’t have to be a marijuana smoker yourself to comprehend the significance of this magnificent plant and the impression it has produced on the music world. From the 1960’s hippies to the 1990’s stoner rockers and all the way to the new school rockers and metal-heads of today, cannabis culture has been one of the foremost springs of influence for different musicians and artists. And like it or not, it has “stimulated” a substantial collection of songs and bands and has even spawned a total distinct sub-genre of music.
In recognition of cannabis smoking musicians, we will be examining the choicest rock and metal songs about weed. So light up your bongs, roll up your joints, charge your atomizer and let’s dive into this!
Black Sabbath – Sweet Leaf
While most of the other artists in the early 1970’s were attempting to hold their practices from the public eye, the lads from Black Sabbath never bothered and just plainly noted their appreciation for horticulture. “Sweet Leaf” was released in 1971 on one of their overcast albums – “Master of Reality.” The song starts with the recording of Tony Lommi’s cough, it is like Tony is having fun with a strawberry cough on a loop and then kicks in with one of the guitarist’s most recognizable riffs. It could simply be a pot-smoking hymn.
Sublime – Smoke Two Joints
Sublime never deceived their appreciation for marijuana. The song “Smoke Two Joints” was originally performed by Oregon based reggae band The Toyes back in 1983. However, it is this variant by Sublime that grew famous among stoners when it came out on the band’s debut album “40oz. to Freedom.” The songs lyrics were certainly written under the influence of THC. Just check out this part:
“She was living in a single room with three other individuals
One of them was a male, and the other two
Well, the other two were females
God only knows what they were up to in there
And especially this one:
I smoke two joints in time of peace
And two in time of war
I smoke two joints before I smoke two joints
And then I smoke two more”
Neil Young – Roll Another Number (For the Road)
“Roll Another Number (For The Road)” appears on Neil Young’s 1975 album “Tonight’s the Night.” And as it can be understood in the laid back and calm music and lyrics, the song was massively influenced by cannabis. Neil Young also mentions Woodstock in the song, by stating “I’m not goin’ back to Woodstock for a while, though I long to hear that lonesome hippie smile.”
Weedeater – Weed Monkey
With a name like this, Weedeater has clearly committed their musical career to honor the divine plant. The lyrics to “Weed Monkey” are concise and simple:
“I am the last weedmonkey this is for real
Open the final chapter
Crack the seven seals
All of your seas and rivers overflow with blood
March over so-called evil with what you’re told is good”
Sleep – Dopesmoker
If you’re seeking a pot smoking musical gem, look no further. This one-hour epic tune is heavy and slow. And we’re speaking extremely slow. It takes about eight minutes for the singing to begin and the first lyric – that is eight words long – takes about fifteen seconds from start to finish.
The band was toying with this song for years. They eventually committed to recording it after confirming a record deal with a big label. You can just imagine their excitement when three stoned guys gave them an hour-long THC infused song regarding some weed smoking journey. Priceless.
Pantera – Goddamn Electric
With this song Pantera gave recognition to some of their most beloved things – pot, whiskey, Slayer, and Black Sabbath. What more in life could you possibly need besides those?
“The weight of the world is lifted and parted
My eyes roll blind to sights that distract
Through tunnel vision and dope haired blinders
I’ll cut a path and evoke my will
To walk through the world by one’s self
You can’t be protected
Your trust is in whiskey, weed, and Slayer
It’s goddamn electric”
Down – Hail the Leaf
“Hail the Leaf” appears from Down’s 1995 debut album, titled “NOLA.” The song is moderately literal with its lyrics—presenting topics that often deal with the difficulties of life. So why not just smoke some weed?
Bob Dylan – Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
There have been some debates concerning the meaning of this song. First of all, the title seems to have nothing to do with the lyrics of the song and some considered it a reference to joints.
And then the chorus with “Everybody must get stoned” lyric labeled this one as a “drug song.” And even though Dylan himself stated that he’d never do a song about drugs, this one kept its status of a marijuana song like the 1960’s Acapulco gold.
Electric Wizard – Dopethrone
According to Jus Oborn, Electric Wizard vocalist, and guitarist, the band had the purpose of creating “the most repugnant, unclean, rotten record that anyone has regularly recorded.” It appears they were not far away from their intention. The title track of “Dopethrone” album is one of the nastiest and sludgiest metal songs of all time. Plus, it’s 20 minutes long and references THC all the way through.
Disturbed – Fire it up
This lyrical ode to weed opens with the music of vocalist David Draiman and the sound of a bong hit on a loop.
“You know what? Ninety-five percent of the songs I’ve written in my life, I’ve written them while high,” Draiman said in an interview.
“When I need to spark a bit of inspiration
And the melody feels like it’s trapped inside
All I need is a bit of illumination
So the rhythm can no longer run and hide
Well, I take a puff from the leaves of the devil
And it carries me on the other side (fire it up)”
Led Zeppelin – Going to California
The lads from Led Zeppelin did not open regarding drug use in their lyrics, even though some of the members were high and dizzy considerably regularly. According to some references, “Going to California” is about Joni Mitchell, a Canadian singer, and songwriter that Robert Plant, the guitarist, had a piece for back in the day. However, years later Plant revealed that with this song he considered on the first few years of the band and the efforts he had found his home in California.
“Spent my days with a woman unkind
Smoked my stuff and drank all my wine.”
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