"Used to get high" as written by and John Charles Wiltshire Butler....
I used to get high for a living
Believing everything that I saw on the TV
I used to get high for a living
Eating all the bullshit food that they sold me

I used to get high for a living
Thinking that my destiny was out of my control
I used to get high for a living
There's lots of different reasons and I'll tell you so

Super size, large fries, Big Mac, Coca Cola
Go on man, pick your poison
Speed, weed, ecstasy, LSD
Man, it don't bother me cos we're all on something

Caffeine, cigarettes, alcohol
You know I'm clawing at the walls trying to get my fix
Prozac, ADD tablets, coke, smack
Now, you know I am turning tricks 'cause

I used to get high for a living
Believing everything that I saw on my TV
I used to get high for a living
Eating all the bullshit food that they sold me
Yeah, that they sold me

Escape, can't wait all trying to get away
From this place man that we're feeling
Can't deal, can't feel what's real
All trying to conceal all this time we're stealing

No doubt, the route you're on
Can't find the clout that you've been needing
'Til then my friend you must contend
With the monster that you're feeding

I used to get high for a living
Believing everything that I saw on my TV
I used to get high for a living
Eating all the bullshit food that they sold me

I used to get high for a living
Thinking that my destiny was out of my control
I used to get high for a living
There's lots of different reasons and I'll tell you so

Got links of the Cheney
Getting crazy, getting lazy with their foreign relations
Starting wars, closing doors
Trying to bring about one quicker man, revelations

Economic, rational, calling fouls with the workers
Just trying to make it pay
Cost cutting, head butting, big business
Do what they like and you do what they say

What's wrong get along, just prolong all the thoughts
You got going on, on the inside
Appease, stand at ease, just try to please
All the apathy that you're trying to hide

How now, brown cow
Did we get from this standing place
And now we're kneeling
'Til then my friend you must contend
With the monster that you're feeding

I used to get high for a living
Believing everything that I saw on my TV
I used to get high for a living
Eating all the bullshit food that they sold me

I used to get high for a living
Thinking that my destiny was out of my control
I used to get high for a living
There's lots of different reasons and I'll tell you so

I used to get high for a living
I used to get high
I used to get high for
I used to get high
I used to get high for
I used to get high oh oh
I used to get high for
I used to get high

I used to get high for a living
Believing everything that I saw on my TV
I used to get high for a living
Eating all the bullshit food that they sold me

I used to get high for a living
Thinking that my destiny was out of my control
I used to get high for a living
There's lots of different reasons and I'll tell you so


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"Used to Get High" as written by John Charles Wiltshire Butler

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    General CommentWell, I really don't see how this song is a disgrace. This is pretty political. This is not a song about drug abuse.

    The drug use is just a metaphor for how we're addicted to the propaganda machine of the government. We always believe the bullshit we're told on the tv. ("I used to get high for a living. Believing everything that i saw on my tv") We've given up our freedom to the corporate giants ("Big business do what they like and you do what they say"), and we don't even know it. ("How now brown cow/Did we get from this standing place.../And now we're kneeling")

    This is a song about the little man being subservient to those corporate giants and governments controlling our lives, and just like addiction, we try to convince ourselves it's no problem, that we chose this, and it's a life we wanna lead. ("Appease, stand at ease, just try to please
    All the apathy that you're trying to hide") Meanwhile, we're letting those corporate suits and governments get away with committing atrocities.
    ("Got links of the cheney
    Getting crazy, getting lazy with their foreign relations
    Starting wars, closing doors
    Trying to bring about one quicker, man, revelations
    Economic rational calling fouls with the workers
    Just trying to make it pay")

    I'd say JB is trying to tell us he's realised the governments and corporates are poisonous, corrupt, full of greed, and generally are hurting the world. And it's time for us, as the people, to stand up and stop them.

    What do other people think? Noone has really expressed their thoughts on what the song is about...
    Kizzaon April 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love early jbt but this song is just a disgrace. havent there been enough songs about this kinda stuff, i mean sure make a new one but it should be out standing. i like the more political/early jbt
    hazzamatazzaon June 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell, i do like a lot of the older stuff a little more, but this song was one of my favourites off of Grand National

    i like the idea, and i haven't heard a lot of songs with the idea
    Rocker_92on August 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is political...
    politics is about society!
    what are politics trying to do to stop it!?!?!
    gimmeblueson January 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is political...
    politics is about society!
    what are politics trying to do to stop it!?!?!
    gimmeblueson January 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like that kizza. ive always thought this song was a metaphor for something bigger. and come on, you can't tell me jb doesnt mind smoking a j at least every now and then
    erybodywakeupon May 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song, and the meaning that kizza put to it. and jb hella smokes weed (:
    brianneclarkon June 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe's against blazing.sorry
    jmurph1789on June 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard this song live in Ballarat - JBT are so awesome :D He puts on a great show, too.
    sire_of_black_eyesson August 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song perfectly fits with the internet movie "zeitgeist", don't you think so?!


    k
    zeeyah -joni
    the7th_Deathon December 21, 2008   Link

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