“Rock & Roll”
I listened to this song countless times and never payed close attention to the lyrics. Based on a few lines I heard, I figured he was singing about growing up and experimenting with drugs. The other day I looked at the liner notes and realized that the whole song is about MUSIC and how it can have a power over you like a drug! I love the songwriting here so much:
“When I was young, yeah I was young one time, we’ve all been young.
But, this one time when I was young my buddy gave me a tape.
And it freaked me out.
I didn’t know what to do. It was like TNT. I was in my brother’s room.
And another time, different friend, different house,
different song, different band, he had real long hair,
pulled the record out, put the needle on
and freaked me out.
I’d never done drugs. I barely brushed my teeth.
I was on the floor all glassy eyed fucked up beyond belief.
Who’da known, who’da known, who’da known, who’da known
it would be rock and roll
That would terrify and eat me
That would haunt me so completely
Yeah you were there, summer-time, young love, elysian fields, halcyon days,
Marlboro reds, white car, blue eyes, cd in, cd in, cd in, a cd in a car stereo and it freaked me out.
What he said about love. Yea you were right there, I don’t know where I was.
How much do I owe my uncle? I suspect it’s more than I can pay.
He gave us a tascam, some maxells, a shure 57 and a stereo delay
and we freaked me out.
Yeah the hum and the hiss. We were only 16, but we were the shit.”