I'm on the drug
I'm on the drug
I'm on the drug that killed River Phoenix

I'm on the drug
I'm on the drug
I'm on the drug that killed River Phoenix

I saw his body thrashing 'round
I saw his pulse rate going down
I saw him in convulsive throes
I said "I'll have one of those"

Hilary had
Hilary had
Hilary had it in his veins

Hilary had
Hilary had
Hilary had it in his veins

Hilary had Everest in his veins
Armstrong did moon was not the same
Heroes explore to give us hope
River pushed back the envelope

Drank the slab
Drank the slab
Drank the slab that Bon Scott drunk

Drank the slab
Drank the slab
Drank the slab that Bon Scott drunk

I drank the slab that Bon Scott drunk
I injected some of Hendrix's junk
I booked a seat on Lynyrd Skynyrd's plane
Mama Cass's sandwich I ate the same

Now I'm bored
Now I'm bored
Now I'm bored and there's no stopping

Now I'm bored
Now I'm bored
Now I'm bored and there's no stopping

Now I'm bored and there's no stopping
I need another celeb to fill my coffin
Where will I get my next drug action?
Odds on it'll be Michael Jackson

I'm on the drug
I'm on the drug
I'm on the drug that killed River Phoenix

I'm on the drug
I'm on the drug
I'm on the drug that killed River Phoenix


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(He'll Never Be an) Old Man River song meanings
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    Song MeaningNo one's had a stab at explaining the meaning? OK, I'll give it a go...

    Rather than being about River Phoenix & drug overdoses as a superficial read might reveal, I think TISM are going a layer deeper here. I think they are poking fun at celebrity culture & the way people obsessively follow celebrity antics, exactly like it itself is a drug.

    I think the following lines illustrate this best..

    Now I'm bored and there's no stopping
    I need another celeb to fill my coffin
    Where will I get my next drug action?
    Odds on it'll be Michael Jackson

    The lines...

    I need another celeb to fill my coffin
    Where will I get my next drug action?

    ...are particularly telling.

    That's my take anyway. YMMV.

    Cheers,
    TV
    tvsinesperantoon February 14, 2013   Link
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    General CommentNow I'm bored and there's no stopping
    I need another celeb to fill my coffin
    Where will I get my next drug action?
    Odds on it'll be Michael Jackson

    ... Chillingly prescient or what?
    MartinCon July 01, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationYeah, tvsinesperanto is getting on it.

    The song's about the fascination and addiction to celebrity deaths. The speaker's hooked on it, starting with River Phoenix. When he hits a slump and nobody's dying, all he can do is speculate in excitement about who's going to kick it next, whthere it be Michael Jackson or Ruddock, Phil.

    The opening verse about the nature of River's death describes how horrifying death really is, with the following talking about Hillary and Armstrong's achievements being things that the average person SHOULD look up to over, say Lynrd Skynard's fiery death. At the end though, the line "River pushed back the envelope!" makes the entire song a direct criticism over reaction to River's death, which sparked the frenzy over the other deaths.

    If you'd like to see just how much this criticism is grounded even today, please view the actual literal death of Michael Jackson and the events that superseded it.
    AllieAnarchyon April 29, 2014   Link
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    General Commenttremendous
    daddioon October 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCould a band be more fistworhy than TISM? I think not.
    RABicleon January 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWELL, I must correct the TITLE of this song!!! Tsk tsk. It is "HE'LL never be an (ol' man river)"
    Get it right!
    Filiuson January 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThank you for pointing that out in such a kind and polite way, Filius. Anyway, I have fixed it up now. I'd gone about ten years getting the title wrong!
    yllason March 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat's a fucking excellent song.
    acci_denton March 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDid anyone see when they did this song on the John Safran show? Classic!
    NJJon March 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlove tism
    dick sneezeon April 14, 2006   Link

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