"Smuggler's Blues" as written by Glenn Lewis Frey and Jack Tempchin....
There's trouble on the streets tonight
I can feel it in my bones
I had a premonition
That he should not go alone

I knew the gun was loaded
But I didn't think he'd kill
Everything exploded
And the blood began to spill

So baby, here's your ticket
Put the suitcase in your hand
Here's a little money now
Do it just the way we planned

You be cool for twenty hours
And I'll pay you twenty grand
I'm sorry it went down like this
And someone had to lose

It's the nature of the business
It's the smuggler's blues
Smuggler's Blues
The sailors and pilots

The soldiers and the law
The pay offs and the rip offs
And the things nobody saw
No matter if it's heroin, cocaine, or hash

You've got to carry weapons
'Cause you always carry cash
There's lots of shady characters
Lots of dirty deals

Every name's an alias
In case somebody squeals
It's the lure of easy money
It's got a very strong appeal

Perhaps you'd understand it better
Standin' in my shoes
It's the ultimate enticement
It's the smuggler's blues

Smuggler's blues
See it in the headlines
You hear it ev'ry day
They say they're gonna stop it

But it doesn't go away
They move it through Miami, sell it in L.A.
They hide it up in Telluride
I mean it's here to stay

It's propping up the governments in Columbia and Peru
You ask any D.E.A. man
He'll say "there's nothin' we can do"
From the office of the President

Right down to me and you, me and you
It's a losing proposition
But one you can't refuse
It's the politics of contraband
It's the smuggler's blues
Smuggler's blues

Hmm, hmm
Woah, oh
Woah, oh

Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

"Smuggler's Blues" as written by Jack Tempchin Glenn Lewis Frey

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    General CommentThe imagery in this song is fantastic. I don't know if you need to spell "realities" in all-caps though. What are you trying to imply, that people are singing lies about drug use in America? The song isn't even -about- drug use; it's about -smuggling-, and even then celebrities aren't always the best source for reliable information. It's more accurate to say that it is a great, gritty and edgy song about smuggling and the underworld, befitting of the 80s Miami Vice crime-drama show whose soundtrack it was released upon. As far as reality, it may or may not be an accurate reflection of what's going on today or twenty years ago, but one usually leaves "reality" far behind when one turns on the television.
    therobidentityon June 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is a great song about the REALITIES of drug use in America
    MoonlitKnighton February 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentReally, it's less about the realities of drug use, than it is about the realities of the War on Drugs. There's so much money to be made in the smuggling trade that trying to suppress it is like trying to bail out the ocean, and yet it's a kind of futility that is politically impossible to abandon.
    Letmeinon May 21, 2007   Link
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    MemoryReminds me of the 80's, Miami Vice, and me and my twin brother watching Miami Vice in Bath (the town in England).
    matthewsheffieldon November 27, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe war again drugs is a bizarre war-- the DEA etc never seem to be winning it-- the dope keeps coming-- and US policy has been ambiguous, with at times the CIA supporting the illegal drug growing/marketing business as a prop against communism (in France, Italy, Turkey after WW2, in SE Asia) or in Afghanistan now as a prop against religious extremists. Yet billionaire dope dealers are not really winning either as they live at risk of being shot down or imprisoned for life. I think the video stresses this--the flow of dope has a life of it's own that contin-ues despite the fall of the human players. The modern white dope "octopus" is much the creation of exiled mobster Lucky Luciano and the CIA, who gave it a life beyond them, and structured it so that when one player falls,another imme-diately takes his place. Luciano convinced mobsters that the money from white dope would tower over all the other rackets combined; true, but no-one, including Luciano ever seems to win at the game long term. "Its a losing proposition, but one you can't refuse, it's the nature of the business". Luciano and the CIA created and put into motion a monster that has turned on our own country and Italy even more so. And no one seems to know how to stop it.
    sharphujoon June 28, 2015   Link

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