"Don't Step On the Grass, Sam" as written by and John Kay....
Starin' at the boob tube, turnin' on the big knob
Tryin' to find some life in the waste land
Fin'ly found a program, gonna deal with Mary Jane
Ready for a trip into hate land
Obnoxious Joe comes on the screen
Along with his guest self-righteous Sam
And one more guy who doesn't count
His hair and clothes are too far out

While pushin' back his glasses Sam is sayin' casually
"I was elected by the masses"
And with that in mind he starts to unwind
A vicious attack on the finest of grasses

Well it's evil, wicked, mean and nasty
(Don't step on the grass, Sam)
And it will ruin our fair country
(Don't be such an ass, Sam)
Well, it will hook your Sue and Johnny
(You're so full of bull, Sam)
All will pay that disagree with me
(Please give up you already lost the fight, alright)

Misinformation Sam and Joe
Are feeding to the nation
But the one who didn't count counted them out
By exposing all their false quotations
Faced by a very awkward situation
This is all he'd say to save the day

Well it's evil, wicked, mean and nasty
(Don't step on the grass, Sam)
And it will ruin our fair country
(Don't be such an ass, Sam)
Well, it will hook your Sue and Johnny
(You're so full of bull, Sam)
All will pay that disagree with me
(Please give up you already lost the fight alright)

You waste my coin Sam, all you can
To jail my fellow man
For smoking all the noble weed
You need much more than him
You've been telling lies so long
Some believe they're true
So they close their eyes to things
You have no right to do
Just as soon as you are gone
Hope will start to climb
Please don't stay around too long
You're wasting precious time


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"Don't Step on the Grass Sam" as written by John Kay

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  • +3
    General CommentThis song is pretty straightforward. Steppenwolf is criticising the U.S. government for making marijuana use illegal.

    Catchy song, by the way...
    hammerhead300on April 23, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's a shame that we're still eating the same bullshit forty years later.
    parker8888on July 04, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf you liked Steppenwolf's original version... then you'd absolutely love the version with Warren Haynes (Govt Mule)!! It really does do this song a little justice! In my opinion anyway...
    FreezeSukkaon October 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthats true hammerhead.....
    I cant believe I'm the second comment!
    doobie96on June 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah i totally agree with hammer. This song is about how some government dick-weed (sam refrencing uncle sam) starts spewing out lies about how grass is adicting abd it will corupt america....What an ass. Thye should be worrying about real drugs like extacy, crack, and heroin.
    ironsmaidenon July 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHammer's got it all the way
    Chrononaut666on July 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, really just pumps me up on my views on weed and makes want to flip off the government for misjudging all the truth about weed
    theblackbird60on June 21, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'Obnoxious Joe' refers to Joe Pyne, TV and radio show host. Sam refers to LA Mayor Sam Yorty. What I do not remember is who the "guy who does't count" refers to. But the song is about a Joe Pyne show where marijuana was discussed.
    david15543on January 28, 2015   Link
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    General CommentSurprised nobody has mentioned the hilarious ending of this song, with a faux police raid bursting into the recording studio where the song's being recorded. Complete with the studio engineer barking at the cops to "get out", and a woman screaming in fake shock as the cops bust their way into the toilet room where she's frantically flushing the pot down the drain.
    repowerson September 17, 2015   Link

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