"Poppies" as written by and John K. Wozniak....
Long long ago in China I'm told
To England was traded some tea
And so sealed the fate
In pieces of eight
All England and all of the world
Yeah, poppies
When soon his majesty sent soldiers and thieves
To India searching for gold
Instead from the ground
Some magic they found
Something far better I'm told
Yeah, poppies
Yeah, poppies
And now this story told from days of our own
When gossamer doggies ran ran
They'd patiently wait
With pieces of eight
So everybody could smile one more time
Yeah, poppies
Yeah, poppies


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"Poppies" as written by John K. Wozniak

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    General Commentyeah really, someone likes his opium. is anyone else reminded of the presidents of the united states (the band, not the people) when they listen to this song? just a random, original, happy-tune type song with repetitive lyrics. great riffs and shows off the lead voice well.
    cyan skittleson May 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wish somebody would do some research on this song...
    trucutzon May 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt's basically how poppy seeds got to England. Poppy seeds make opium. Opium can be synthesized morphine. Morphine makes diacetylmorphine. You guessed it, that's heroin. But this doesn't really concern heroin. Opium and Poppies were two songs meant to be together. Not as one. But instead on the same album together.
    geoadaon May 08, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI like this song, not only because it's really lighthearted, but it tells an extremely inane story about the British discovering Opium. And the UK was never the same since. :)
    AtrusDenton June 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsure its about poppies and opium, and so one and so forth with drugs, but its honestly just about heroin? fun stuff
    sweetave426on September 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthahaha, its about poppies and how ppl went to india searching for gold and 'found something far better im told.' Tis kickass. i luv marcy playground
    -anna-
    CrssMyHrt&Hope2dieon December 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmust have a thing for the opiates
    shelleyn21on February 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's about the Opium Wars between England and China in the 19th century. England found opium in their colony India, but instead of getting their colonial subjects addicted, they tried to trade it to China. China didn't like it, and the Opium War started.
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    Zephyr7979on June 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentExactly Zepher, but it was hardly a war... much more like a massacre. The Chinese didn't have a chance against the British navy. The British were just ticked off that they imported so many goods from China, but it of course couldn't export cuz no one wanted the western crap. Great Britain forced opium into the Chinese marketplace by firepower. And we wonder why they've been a little annoyed by us westerners.
    cyan skittleson January 12, 2006   Link
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    General Comment*zephyr
    cyan skittleson January 12, 2006   Link

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