"War On Drugs" as written by and Steven/duffy Page....
She likes to sleep with the radio on
So she can dream of her favorite song
The one that no one has ever sung
Since she was small

She'll never know that she made it up
She had a soul and we ate it up
Thrown away like a paper cup
The music falls

The only flaw in her detailed plan
Is where she wins back the love of her man
Everyone knows that he's never coming back

He took her heart and she took his name
He couldn't stand taking all the blame
He left her only with guilt and shame
And then she cracked

Won't it be dull
When we rid ourselves of all demons haunting us
To keep us company

In the dream I refuse to have
She falls asleep in a lukewarm bath
We're left to deal with the aftermath again

On behalf of humanity
I will fight for your sanity
How profound such profanity can be

Won't it be dull
When we rid ourselves of all demons haunting us
To keep us company

Won't it be odd
To be happy like we always thought we're supposed to feel
But never seem to be

Near where I live there's a viaduct
Where people jump when they're out of luck
Raining down on the cars and trucks below

They put a net there to catch their fall
Like that'll stop anyone at all
What they don't know is when nature calls, you go

They say that Jesus and mental health
Are just for those who can help themselves
What good is that when you're living hell on Earth

From the very fear that makes you want to die
Is just the same as what keeps you alive
It's way more trouble than some suicide is worth

Won't it be dull
When we rid ourselves of all demons haunting us
To keep us company

Won't it be odd
To be happy like we always thought we're supposed to feel
But never seem to be

Hard to admit I fought the war on drugs
My hands were tied and the phone was bugged
Another died and the world just shrugged it off


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"War on Drugs" as written by Steven Page Ed Robertson

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  • +5
    General CommentThink what you'd like about this song, but it saved my life, as silly as that sounds. I've attempted suicide twice and was only saved because people who cared about me found me before it was too late. When I finally decided to "fight for my sanity," every time I felt as if suicide was the right thing to do, I'd listen to this song. Literallly, the song is about a woman who got married, was left, sprialed downwards, and had no one there to catch her. But it's also about society as a whole - we don't do enough to take care of each other. We fight the pseudo "war on drugs" without bothering to find out why people turn to drugs, self-harm, and suicide in the first place.

    "What good is that when you live in hell on earth?" What an amazing lyric, because it's spot on about everything someone who's suicidal is thinking. Nothing matters because nothing will make the pain go away.
    carafaceon September 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song just makes me cry, pretty much every time I hear it. When I saw BNL in concert, Steven Page introduced this song by saying that the whole verse with the viaduct actually happened in Toronto, and concluded with something along the lines of "We as human beings need to take better care of each other."

    I also think this is a social commentary: How come we as a society have spent billions of dollars (unsuccessfully) fighting the war on drugs, but so little attention has been given to the human side of that--the pain that drives people to drugs? And what about people who are in pain but not on drugs--how is it that the best we can do for them (OK, I'll admit it, [i]us[/i]) is to put up a net that doesn't even stop anyone?
    gravity_defianton April 19, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song also makes me very sad almost every time I hear it. Easily the best song on the album.
    wildwillon May 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh I LOVE this song it is so sad
    Emily1014on April 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh I LOVE this song it is so sad
    Emily1014on April 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSteven Page did a long introduction to this in BNL's recent Glasgow gig (May 1). The song's based around the story of the Bloor Street viaduct in Toronto, which was a suicide hotspot with people jumping to the "cars and trucks below" on the Don Valley Parkway. Apparently it got so bad that one person was committing suicide by jumping from the bridge every 22 days at one point making it the #2 suicide spot in the continental US behind the Golden Gate Bridge. A massive campaign was launched and eventually succeeded in getting "a net there to catch their fall".

    People did stop jumping but then moved to the next bridge down the road and jumped from there instead.

    Steve said: "I thought, 'how ridiculous, how futile to try and stop people'. But the more we've been singing this song, the more I talk about it in the shows I realised that fundamental to everything I believe in is that we're here on earth to take care of each other. And we can express that in our politics or our religions or songs or the way we deal with our families and friends and strangers, but the second we stop holding our arms out to catch people as they fall is the second we lose our humanity. This song is for people who've lost the will to survive and lost the fight against themselves to stay alive."

    Oh, and coincidentally, it's my favourite song on the album. Beautiful.
    dbfriendson May 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is klike my favorite. it was written about suicide (i heard from a concert) it is such a pretty song
    MuSiCfReAk728on June 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentvery good song
    Redlighton June 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits remarkably well written.
    BleedingAngelon July 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaking it the #2 suicide spot in the continental US? Toronto, Canada?
    wrionon September 20, 2004   Link

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