smack a rose and watch it bleed

it’s a little disturbing that the nfl would use a melody from “kiss of a rose” -a song about drug use (kiss of a rose is the high from heroin, and rose can also be the name for pot) -to make nfl commercial about “family and football ”

face it, we are a culture of tricksters. secret meanings and double meanings are what the English language is all about. nothing quite so funny than to have children think they are singing along to a song about Mary Poppins, and it’s really about Mary Jane. And of course there is the subtle manipulation to perceive drug use in different forms of life, rather than the eye-opening portrayal such as in Trainspotting.

so in this “vein” of thought — i go looking for lists of songs that many never thought were about drugs. for the most part, every list i found contains songs that never really made it big or were never that popular. we all know ‘puff the magic dragon’ is about drugs– though “chasing the dragon” is breathing heroin vapors, not pot.

one song no one seems to mention, is hootie and the blowfish “follow me” that was on every radio station for awhile in the 90’s. people truly did not realize that song was about heroin use, and probably still do not. one thing that is so ironic or humorous in its way — is that there have probably been more love songs written to drugs than to any woman ever in history. a slightly different set of priorities.

“when the day is grey and ordinary….Mary makes your heart feel light” …. “the kiss of a rose on the grey”

and it goes on …. LSD — lucy in the sky with diamonds ….. that one is well known. yet if you go down the road completely, in search of hidden meanings — almost always find a huge pit of quicksand that swallows you all up. look for it, and you will find it. and that is why looking for hidden meanings or claiming to know hidden meanings can be a dangerous business. suddenly all is conspiracy, and the world will never be the same.

but i think it’s important to be a LITTLE bit cautious — and not always rely on that one member of every group that sniffs out the lies. because that’s what it is. hidden meanings within songs about drug use, might be funny and give a good laugh to those in the know–but bottom line, is it is a lie told by liars.

if you are “in the know” does that make you special? not really — because try ‘being in the know’ and staying silent about it. that’s the real trick. and when that happens it doesn’t leave you laughing inside … leaves you with tears and crying that never stops.

what is harm? can we be protected? no. but golly gee, don’t need to serve up the public on an ignorant silver platter. songs spinning to the tune of lives lost in fields of poppies. though it is a testament to how all-consuming a love of drugs can turn-into — can be. the one thing on your mind, night and day. and i don’t know the answer to beating any of that. all i know is that in the past and even with copious wine consumption — one answer was to keep a part of yourself NOT consumed. to keep something sober in reserve.

but that’s not my point, and i digress. the point is, writing songs that sound innocent but are really about drugs, is WRONG. and using those song melodies then to make a commercial about superbowl babies and family and football (have another addiction, anyone?) is WRONGER, still.

this is not something anyone can shout to the mountain tops — there will always be plausible deniability and placing the blame on the other foot. that’s why they think it’s so cute. but give me a break. some might be singing along and happy on a superbowl sunday. yet i’m the one sitting there horrified with my jaw dropped. ugh. slowly get out of my chair, and turn the damn tv off.

people are evil? often. but there’s no need to wallow in it–at least not today.


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