Well I wake up in the morning
Look at my clock
It's way past noon time
Now I'm late for work

Tell me, tell me
What have I done wrong?
Ain't nothing goin' right with me
Must be I've been smokin' too long

Well I go to find me some breakfast
But I ain't got no food
Take me a shower
But the water don't feel no good

Tell me, tell me
What have I done wrong?
Ain't nothing goin' right with me
Must be I've been smokin' too long

I got opium in my chimney
No other life to choose
Nightmare made of hash dreams
Got the devil in my shoes

Tell me, tell me
What have I done wrong?
Ain't nothing goin' right with me
Must be I've been smokin' too long

Well when I'm smokin'
Put my worries on a shelf
Don't worry about nothin'
Try not to see myself

Tell me, tell me
What have I done wrong?
Ain't nothing goin' right with me
Must be I've been smokin' too long

Well in this blues I'm singing
There's a lesson to be learned
Don't go 'round smokin'
Unless you wanna get burned

Tell me, tell me
What have I done wrong?
Ain't nothing goin' right with me
Must be I've been smokin' too
Ain't nothing goin' right with me
Must be I've been smokin' too
Everything's goin' wrong with me
Must be I've been smokin' too long


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  • +2
    General CommentApparently, Robin Frederick (who originally wrote the song) simply wanted to make a simple anti-drugs song, mentioning different types of drugs and the physical effect is has on you ("But the water don't feel no good"), as well as a typical (but true!) explanation of the sad reason to why many people "smoke" ("Try not to see myself). Nick, however, having tried marijuana, became fascinated with the song, tabbed it out, and also changed a very essential line to make it his own. "No other life to choose" is penned by Nick, replacing the original "Got the marijuana blues". This, I think, is why this should be considered to be a Nick Drake song, seeing as this line, when examined, sets a much more bleak tone to the song, and changes it from being the sad results of a misspent youth into being a full-time addiction and a hairshirt for the life he wants to spend.
    happybecauseon October 05, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAccording to Wikipedia, Nick Drake quit sports in college and used his new free time to smoke weed and listen to music. He began smoking "insane amounts" every day, and it brought out a psychosis in him. Marijuana can bring out psychosis in people who are genetically pre-disposed to dementia, acting as a catalyst.

    Nick must've been singing from his heart. He sounds trapped in a bad dream.
    Shep1986on February 13, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti like this.
    sarahsavedlatinon June 17, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe's obviously talking about weed because i know how he feels sometimes. You can't physically become addicted to weed, but the mental addiction can really bad especially when it's just completely ingrained into your life and you don't feel like you can get away from it.
    muchthanmoreon September 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno, its clearly NOT about weed. first off - weed is not addicting. thats just a fact. i've been to rehab, it isnt addicting. you can go to rehab for weed simply because they are willing to help anybody who wants help (they dont limit it to a certain drug) . they will tell you it isnt addicting. and i've smoked for 8 years, and i would hang out with people who would sell lbs and lbs of that stuff, and i would smoke all day every day for free, and i havent smoked in over a year.

    "I got opium in my chimney"

    hes got opium in his pipe

    "Well when I'm smokin'
    Put my worries on a shelf
    Don't worry about nothin'
    Try not to see myself"

    thats exactly what heroin does to you, and heroin is derived from opium.
    the green eyeson December 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's probably just about smoking in general. specifically, he mentions opium and hash.
    Doug E Dougon December 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentopium duuuhhhh opiummMM DUH
    daspapierkopfon January 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPersonally I've always found Drakes lyrics a little too self indulgent with the juvenile longing for martydom, but I must say this song sounds to me painfully honest, much like the depths of Black eyed dog. It sounds like he's coming to the realization that he is finally in the hole he's always romanticized about. It's no secret that he drove himself into psychosis and unfulfilled dreams of grandeur with excessive amounts of cannabis. I don't think you need to search fro the opium link when his weed habbit is all the trouble he needed to align himself with these sentiments.
    @nthonyon April 23, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis is a cover of some female song writer Drake liked. It's kind of obvious it's not up to calibur with Drakes stuff though...
    sunshineiodineon April 28, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General Commentor maybe it's about opium?
    duuuuuuh
    nfsweon September 09, 2006   Link

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