"Methamphetamine" as written by and David Rawlings Ketch Secor....
Times they ain’t like nothing they used to be
From Rocky Mount to northeast Tennessee
Where the river flows with a dusty cold disease
And the babies whine 'cause they can't find nothing to eat
But mama she ain't hungry no more
She's waitin’ for a knock on the trailer door

It’s gonna rock you like a hurricane
It’s gonna rock you 'til you lose sleep
It’s gonna rock you 'til you're out of a job
It’s gonna rock you 'til you're out on the street
It’s gonna rock you 'til you're down on your knees
It’s gonna have you begging pretty please
It’s gonna rock you like a hurricane
Methamphetamine...

Don't need no PHD for a hundred-dollar car
Just find a crooked cop and that doctor disregard
’Cause when it’s either the mine or the Kentucky National Guard
Mmm, I'd rather sell them a line than be dyin' in the coal yard
Now papa he ain’t hungry no more
He's waitin’ for a knock on the trailer door

Well it's a war out there and it's fought by poor white men
From the plateau to the falls of the Cumberland
You better watch your back ‘cause you just can't trust a friend
Ooh, and the method man is gonna get you in the end
So listen to the whispering wind
It sounds like a big storm rolling in


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    General CommentI think they he may be saying "Where the river flows with a dusty coal disease," meaning black lung... Any thoughts? It fits with the other coal references later in the song.
    mnteckyon July 28, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is among the many reasons why ocms is my favorite band that is still together today. i love how they are so blunt about this shitty drug, i feel ashamed to say it but this song is as bad ass as can be. meth is a shitty drug, just listen to this song and you will realise that meth is bad, please don't bother trying it cuz you will learn alot faster than you ever had wanted to, know just how quickly meth will destroy yourself and as well as anything else that you thought might have held you and your life together.


    i also am amused that the band released this song when they were already famous and already on their third album, because in my opinion this song has been brewing in these guys since before this band could even stand, although probably written more recent than that. what i'm trying to say is this; the old crow medicine show has probably "been there" and "done that" way before this song was even penned onto paper, many, many years prior. keep in mind that this is not a good thing and that crystal meth with lift you up until you break. semi charmed death.
    forgetthepopeon November 25, 2009   Link
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    General Commentoh sweet the first comment is on my 19th birthday too, meth is shit
    forgetthepopeon November 25, 2009   Link

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