5 Songs About Marijuana

Published on July 7, 2018, By Brittany Driver

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5 Songs About Marijuana

There are handfuls of songs about cannabis. Some are good, some are great. From listing things you didn’t do cause you got stoned to storytelling about the fastest joint smoker in the United States – these 5 songs are all about appreciating the green dream that makes us all want to sing.

 

1. Afroman – Because I Got High

 

“I was gonna clean my room until I got high
I was gonna get up and find the broom but then I got high
My room is still messed up and I know why
‘Cause I got high”

Because I Got High was released in 2000, right at the turn of the century, on Afroman’s self titled album. Initially featured in the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, it later went on to appear in Disturbia and The Perfect Score as well. The single was so popular and did so well, it helped earn Afroman a deal with Universal Records.

 

2. Black Sabbath – Sweet Leaf

“My life was empty, forever on a down
Until you took me, showed me around
My life is free now, my life is clear
I love you sweet leaf, though you can’t hear, oh yeah”

Sweet Leaf was released in 1971 on the third record by Black Sabbath, Master of Reality. Featuring the vocals of Ozzy Osbourne throughout the song, the opening coughing sounds heard are actually those of Sabbath guitarist Tommy Iommi.

 

3. Rick James – Mary Jane

“I’m in love with Mary Jane.
She’s my main thing.
She makes me feel alright.
She makes my heart sing.
And when I’m feeling low,
She comes as no surprise.
Turns me on with her love.
Takes me to paradise, do you love me Mary Jane?”

In 1978 Rick James released the iconic single called Mary Jane. Mary Jane was only the second single released by James. It was incredibly successful at the time and is still very well known today.

 

4. Brewer and Shipley – One Toke Over The Line

“One toke over the line sweet Jesus
One toke over the line
Sittin’ downtown in a railway station
One toke over the line
Awaitin’ for the train that goes home, sweet Mary
Hopin’ that the train is on time
Sittin’ downtown in a railway station
One toke over the line”

Another tune from the 70’s, One Toke Over the Line was released in 1970 by American Folk pair Mike Brewer and Tom Shipley. The duo confronted social conflicts of the time and and addressed issues that affected the Vietnam generation. About the origins of the song and whether it was really about weed, Brewer explained,

“One day we were pretty much stoned and all and Tom says, “Man, I’m one toke over the line tonight.”   I liked the way that sounded and so I wrote a song around it.”

 

5. Shel Silverstein – The Smoke Off

“In the laid back California town of sunny San Rafael
Lived a girl named Pearly Sweetcake, you prob’ly knew her well.
She’d been stoned fifteen of her eighteen years and the story was widely told
That she could smoke ’em faster than anyone could roll.
Her legend finally reached New York, that Grove Street walk-up flat
Where dwelt The Calistoga Kid, a beatnik from the past
With long browned lightnin’ fingers he takes a cultured toke
And says, ‘Hell, I can roll ‘em faster, Jim, than any chick can smoke!’ ”

Shel Silverstein is best known for his cartoons, songs, unique poems for children and his children’s book, The Giving Tree. Shel wrote Johnny Cash’s famous song A Boy Named Sue for which he won a Grammy in 1970. He also wrote The Smoke Off, which details a girl who can smoke em as fast as a guy that can roll them. Who gets the better of who? Listen to the song to find out!

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