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10 Tripped-Out Songs About Hallucinogens and Psychedelics

Timothy Leary
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.

 Timothy Leary -- How to Operate Your Brain

This walks a fine line between spoken word and something you'd see at a rave. This video clip is trippy enough to watch sober and get a good sense of Leary's "turn on, tune in, drop out" philosophy.

The Moody Blues -- Legend of a Mind He'll fly his astral plane, Takes you trips around the bay, Brings you back the same day, Timothy Leary. Timothy Leary.

Timothy Leary isn't dead, he still uses his astral plane to take you on a trip -- or so The Moody Blues say.

 Jimi Hendrix -- Purple HazePurple haze all in my brain Lately things just don't seem the same Actin' funny, but I don't know why 'Scuse me while I kiss the sky

Purple Haze isn't just a type of marijuana, it can also refer to LSD.

Of Montreal -- Lysergic Bliss And I'm dizzy from her kiss so vertiginous lost in lysergic bliss

Of Montreal shows are pretty crazy. The theatrics can seem like an acid trip, so it should come as no surprise that this song is named after lysergic acid diethylamide.

 ATB -- EcstasyHave you ever noticed that I'm not acting as I used to do before? Have you ever wondered why I always keep on coming back for more?

Can you picture girls with fuzzy leg warmers and pacifiers twirling lights to this song? Because you should, or just watch the girl writhing around in this video.

Nicki Minaj There are a few Ecstasy references in Minaj's songs. "Beez in the Trap" has 2 Chainz saying "got your girl on Molly" and Lil Wayne raps "pop a Molly, smoke a blunt, that mean I'm a high roller" in "Roman Reloaded."

 Xzibit -- ShroomsYeah, that's some other shit One of the reasons why George Clinton sees the mothership

The lyrical content of this song is fairly obvious, just like...

Eminem -- Mushrooms I said, 'Wait, first try this hallucinogen It's better than heroin, Henn, the booze or the gin This is the beginning of a very, very bad trip.

 

Honorable mentions:

Okay, this song probably isn't about Ecstasy, but it's a funny thought.

"MDMA's got you feeling like a champion, the city never sleeps, better slip you an Ambien."

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