Miley Cyrus Sings About Drugs
They grow up so fast.
Miley Cyrus, who is 20 years old, has just released the first single from her forthcoming album. Many believe her new song, “We Can’t Stop,” contains drug references.
During the track’s hook, some people think Cyrus is singing “We like to party/ Dancing with Molly/ Doing whatever we want.”
That sounds harmless enough except the phrase “Dancing with Molly” is slang for partying on ecstasy.
The producer of the single insists that Cyrus is really singing is “Dancing with Miley,” a phrase for partying with an overrated child actor.
Some fans claim they heard “Miley” right away. Others are adamant that she’s definitely singing “Molly.” You can judge for yourself as a video of the song is posted below.
“We Can’t Stop” also contains the line “trying to get a line in the bathroom.” That appears to be a reference to cocaine although some creative Cyrus apologizers might be able to make the case that she has bladder control problems and immediately needed an empty stall.
Regardless, Cyrus is keen enough to realize how you get around the whole drug reference thing. It’s called ambiguity. You just make sure you don’t literally sing “I do drugs.” Instead you make veiled references and use semi-obscure slang.
The ones that get your references are cool, hip, and edgy. The ones that don’t get your references are big dopes (no pun intended). Either way, the artist, in this case Miley Cyrus, gets some serious street cred. For whatever reason, if you sing about puppy dogs and rainbows you’re lame. If you sing about partying on acid, or getting a line of cocaine in the bathroom, you’re cool.
On her new track, Cyrus also croons about morally-challenged girls dancing on poles: “shaking it like we at a strip club.”
If you ask me “We Can’t Stop” shouldn’t be chided for its drug references, or because it glamourizes decadence, but for its poor grammar. Here’s an actual lyric from the song: "Can't you see it's we who own the night/Can't you see it's we who 'bout that life. We run things, they don't run we/We won't take nothing from nobody."
Cyrus sure has come a long way from her days as Hannah Montana when she sang songs like “True Friend” and “We Got The Party.” Certainly that party was drug and alcohol free.
With a new album on the way, and most assuredly a Miley Cyrus tour to follow, it’s pretty obvious that Cyrus is trying to continue the maturation process that she started with her last album, Can’t Be Tamed, 2011’s “Gypsy Heart Tour,” and a pair of appearances on the very adult Two and a Half Men. She’s not a kid anymore.
I’m sure the Tennessean has already completed her upcoming and unnamed opus. In case she hasn’t, I have compiled a list of drug-related songs she can record. These certainly aren’t the only ten songs about drug use but they are all very good. For the most part, the songs’ drug references are veiled by chipper melodies, bouncy beats, and/or insinuating lyrics. Regardless, if she records all or some of the ditties listed below she’ll have all the street cred she can handle.
“And She Was” by Talking Heads
Miley Cyrus old fans can sing this Talking Heads’ song into hairbrushes as they dance in front of their full-length mirrors that are hanging in their bedrooms. Meanwhile, the hipsters Cyrus wants to come to her concerts but won’t (unless it’s for irony’s sake) can just stand there with gleeful smirks knowing full well the true story behind this toe-tapper. This buoyant, dare I say bubbly song is about a chick taking LSD next to a Yoo-Hoo bottler. “The world was moving, she was floating above it and she was.”
“Bad” – U2
U2 is mostly associated with over-bloated politically charged songs or over-bloated romantically charged songs. “Bad,” from their 1984 album The Unforgettable Fire, is an over-bloated song about heroin use. This is one of the most performed songs in U2’s repertoire. Over the years, Bono has ascribed the inspiration behind “Bad” to three different heroin users.
“Cracked Actor” by David Bowie
This song is perfect. Heck, Cyrus should make it her next single. “Cracked Actor” is a classic David Bowie song about an aging Hollywood star partying with a prostitute and some heroin. In a culture that covets youth as much as ours does, Cyrus really only has a few good years left before she’s playing moms and guest-starring on CSI (like Black Sabbath). Like Bowie, Cyrus can perform this song on stage while singing to a skull via the Bard’s Hamlet.
“Got To Get You Into My Life” by The Beatles
Much to the chagrin of American Idol contestants who sang karaoke to this classic Beatles tune from Revolver, “Got To Get Your Into My Life” is NOT about a paramour. It’s about pot. Paul McCartney wrote the song shortly after being introduced to marijuana (“I took a ride, I didn’t know what I would find there”). In 1980, when asked about this song, John Lennon said it was one of Paul’s best.
“I’m Waiting for the Man” by The Velvet Underground
If you want a song about drugs, and you’re ignorant on the subject, you can’t go wrong with randomly picking a Lou Reed composition (the same can be said for the Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Stone Temple Pilots). Reed wrote this classic song for the pioneering rock band Velvet Underground. “I’m Waiting for the Man,” which is easily one of the top three drug-related songs of all-time, is about buying $26 dollars’ worth of heroin in Harlem.
“Kid Charlemagne” by Steely Dan
While Steely Dan is light-years ahead of where Miley Cyrus is musically, “Kid Charlemagne” does make sense for her. She’s still a “kid” and the song is about LSD chemist Owsley Stanley. For good measure, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen also added a reference to Ken Kasey’s The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. Just try to imagine the looks on the faces of Miley Cyrus concert goers when she starts playing Steely Dan.
“Lit Up” by Buckcherry
“Lit Up” raises a rather serious ethical question: “Is it okay to enjoy a song that’s about a 16-year-old trying cocaine for the first time?” I hope it is because Buckcherry made a great rock song about front man Josh Todd’s youthful indiscretion. As for Miley Cyrus, covering this song would make her as mature as Betty White. That’s because “Lit Up” is one of the few songs that eschews allusions and just comes right out and says “I love the cocaine” (another is JJ Cale’s “Cocaine” [famously covered by Eric Clapton]). Still, Cyrus will probably want to make her cover of “Lit Up” a non-listed bonus track.
“Mother’s Little Helper” by The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones made “Mother’s Little Helper” the opening track to their 1966 album, Aftermath. Miley Cyrus could use the song to open her pending album. The track has a cheerful melody that would please her longtime fans but drug-related lyrics that would bolster her new tough-girl image. “And though she's not really ill, there's a little yellow pill/She goes running for the shelter of a mother's little helper.”
“Never Let Me Down Again” by Depeche Mode
If you have Depeche Mode tickets get ready to wave your arms at the end of “Never Let Me Down Again.” The arm waving has been a tradition ever since Dave Gahan did it in the documentary 101. Maybe Cyrus can cover it and start a similar tradition? Can’t you just hear her sing “I'm taking a ride with my best friend/I hope he never lets me down again?”
“Semi-Charmed Life” by Third Eye Blind
Most people don’t realize that “Semi-Charmed Life” by Third Eye Blind is about a crystal meth user. When Stephan Jenkins sings “I want something else” he means he wants something other than the copious amount of crystal meth he’s putting into his body. This song is fast and bright. The lyrics come so rapidly that one really has to read them to get their full meaning. Therefore, Cyrus could cover this song and legitimately plead ignorance about its drug references.
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