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Deep Cuts: LSD Songs

Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise: LSD is some intense shit.

If you’re an adult and you want to give it a spin, be my guest. That’s what living in a free country should be all about, but man is it a gamble. My impression is that you pretty much get stuck on whatever your last thought was when the chemicals kick in, so you better hope you’re having happy thoughts. Or not. Freaky visions of shrimp trying to crawl out of your stomach are good for a laugh, too.

Anyway, acid-soaked songs:

“She Said, She Said,” The Beatles. Inspired by an acid trip John Lennon took with Peter Fonda, where Fonda apparently kept saying “I know what it’s like to be dead.” Stop harshing my buzz, Fonda!

Acid Queen,”  Tina Turner and The Who. Come on!

“Tomorrow Never Knows,” Beatles. The greatest drug song ever recorded, and it only contains one chord.

“Let’s Go Trippin’,” Dick Dale. Maybe it’s not about tripping, but maybe it is.

You’re Tripping,” The Queers.

“Trip Away,” Jane’s Addiction. One of the few original Jane’s classics to never be released in a studio version.

Purple Haze,” Jimi Hendrix. Probably one of the songs most associated with LSD, thanks to the lines “Purple haze all in my brain, lately things don’t seem the same,” but people forget (or don’t know) that the cause of said haze is unknown but “whatever it is that girl put a spell on me.” “Bold as Love” is a more psychedelic track, with its personifications of color and its message of love. Anyway, you want it, you got it.

Trippin’ in Court,” Cheech and Chong. Okay, it’s not a song, but I played the hell out of this throughout my childhood.

So what did I miss? I don’t think you’ll need to go eight miles high to find some additions. Happy hunting.




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