10 songs you didn't know were about drugs
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After we heard about that awkward product placement dispute concerning the Daily Mail, grime artists and casual racism, it made us realise just how little we might know about the inspiration for some of today’s hit songs. It’s true that tonnes of the biggest hits have not so subtle references to substance abuse and some definite glorification of said illegal activity, but there are lots of tiny hints that we might have never have noticed without a little nudge. Here’s some of the best known hits, that no one knows are actually a bit dodgy beneath the surface. We Found Love – Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris ‘Yellow diamonds in the light’ You know that pretty yellow diamonds that make us think of lovely twinkly stars in the sky? Well the only place you could find those particular yellow diamonds is from someone with a much less sparkly aura. Yep - she’s talking about MDMA. There’s also a lot of visual cues in the video, with scattered pills around and a few dilated pupils. I Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd ‘And I know she'll be the death of me, at least we'll both be numb...I can’t feel my face when I’m with you’ It’s not hard to tell that some intoxicants might be involved when you look at the title, but this song might as well be called 'An Ode to Cocaine'. There’s no explicit references, and it could be interpreted in a different way - but those paranoia vibes scream addiction to us - so just have another listen and keep that in the back of your mind. Got to Get You into My Life – The Beatles ‘I was alone, I took a ride, I didn't know what I would find there Another road where maybe I, Could see another kind of mind there’ It’s almost impossible to sing With a Little Help From My Friends nowadays without someone reminding us of the hidden meaning, but here’s one you maybe didn’t know about. At first sight this tune seems like love song, but only for the love of a good high. “It's actually an ode to pot, like someone else might write an ode to chocolate or a good claret” - Paul McCartney didn’t dance around the subject. Waterfalls – TLC ‘So, he goes out and he makes his money the best way he know how, Another body laying cold in the gutter’ We’re a little bit heartbroken about this one. Turns out that this isn’t just a great karaoke tune - under the surface, TLC are raising awareness to issues affecting teens in the nineties. The first verse is actually about a struggling mother and son, who is resorting to selling drugs to get by, and the waterfall is this case is actually a cash one. Woah. Bad - U2
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