"Methamphetamine" as written by and Jay Farrar....
I took a night shift, another nickel on the dime
Try to play it straight and make it different this time
Still waiting to meet the next ex-wife
It's either watching these gauges for Monsanto
Or a bar-back job for the casino
The Army won't want me after what this body's been through

Would you take me back North Carolina?
Would you take me back Arkansas?
Blissful days still there to remember
Methamphetamine was the final straw

I had a killer job in a backup band playin' guitar in Branson
Two shows a night brought the money to chase down sin
Now it's another weekend and I'm lonely at home
Late night TV, evangelist drone
I'm healthy now but I really don't know if I'll ever be free

Would you take me back North Carolina?
Would you take me back Arkansas?
Blissful days still there to remember
Methamphetamine was the final straw




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"Methamphetamine" as written by Jay Stuart Farrar

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    Song MeaningThe narrator is drug addict in recovery taking bad jobs around the semirural midwest. He had a consistent job working as a musician in Branson, but that led him to heavier drug use. He feels his addiction has made him unable to be free, or maybe simply left him conscious of an existing inability. Regardless, he wishes to return to a simpler time in his life, but believes he cannot. He is left with an unsatisfying life, and a bleak outlook on his future. He hopes to stay clean, but makes no promises, and believes that he cannot maintain whatever relationships he has or will have relationships.
    klemkbon November 29, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI love this song. Maybe because I'm from NC, but it really grabbed me the first time I heard it. Jay played this recently when he did the Trace 20th anniversary tour show in NC, and it was great.
    I've heard some say that earlier recordings said "Take me back to North Carolina.." I'm glad he settled on "Take me back, North Carolina" for the album. It has a much deeper meaning. As if he is saying he has done so much that he doesn't deserve to go back to NC, and wanting to know if that more innocent part of his life would even allow him to come back.
    jfoxxon September 13, 2016   Link

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