Legalization music

March 27, 2014
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We haven’t hit on this for a while…

Policymic has an article: 14 Songs That Should Probably Be the Anthem for Marijuana Legalization

There are some good ones there, but I don’t know that I’d agree with all of them.

Noticeably missing is Fats Waller’s excellent rendition of “If You’re a Viper (the Reefer Song).” This recording was specifically a jab at Harry Anslinger, who had just announced a campaign to go after swing bands…

“Hey cats. It’s 4 o’clock in the morning… Here we are in Harlem. Everybody’s here but the police, and they’ll be here any minute. It’s high time, so catch this song. Here it tis…

I dreamed about a reefer, five feet long. A Mighty Mezz, but not too strong. You’ll be high, but not for long, if you’re a viper.”

The term “viper” came from the sound of pulling on a joint.

Also, while it doesn’t count as a song for a legalization anthem, it’s hard to talk about the awareness of marijuana in this country without mentioning Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon.”

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Pete Guither is the editor of drugwarrant.com

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