"Interesting Drug" as written by Stephen Street and Steven Morrissey....
There are some bad people on the rise
There are some bad people on the rise
They're saving their own skins by
Ruining other people's lives
Bad, bad people on the rise
Young married couple in debt
-Ever felt had?
Young married couple in debt
-Ever felt had?

On a government scheme
Designed to kill your dream
Oh mum, oh dad
Once poor, always poor
La la la la la
Interesting drug
The one that you took
Tell the truth - it really helped you
An interesting drug
The one that you took
God, it really really helped you
You wonder why we're only half-ashamed?

"Because enough is too much!
And look around...
Can you blame us? Can you blame us? "

On a government scheme
Designed to kill your dream
Oh mum, oh dad
Once poor, always poor
La la la la la
Interesting drug
The one that you took
Tell the truth - it really helped you
An interesting drug
The one that you took
God, it really really helped you
You wonder why we're only half-ashamed?

"Because enough is too much!
And look around...
Can you blame us? Can you blame us? "


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"Interesting Drug" as written by Steven Morrissey Stephen Brian Street

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    General CommentThis song has really started to grow on me. The bad people that Morrissey is refering to are the Conservatives especially that political party which were in power at the time he wrote the song. It is about their immorality and stopping people from having a chance is life. 'Once poor always poor' i think refers to Thatchers Conservative Britain where you were either extremely rich or poor, and could never relaly get out of the rut.
    butterflykiss84on September 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentRe: 'on the right' v 'on the rise'. It's a deliberate pun. The video has 'on the right' written on a wall, in the song lyrics he clearly sings 'rise'. I suppose it's a way of commenting on the rise of the Conservative right (though in Britain at the time, the right had risen to its height).

    I assume the interesting drug is money and power for the people at the top. The complaint among the British left has always been that the pro-corporate right tread on the rest of the people for their own personal gain.

    It's a common Morrissey trick to sing different lines of one song as different characters. Here I think 'Look around... can you blame us?' is satirising the fake innocence of the rich. Despite what they do to other people, they still think they deserve sympathy.
    mr_disco2003on June 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYes i particularly like it when he say "and look around can you blame us...." Its great he's saying why should we feel guilty for wanting to have a good time. All this shit that you have brought on the country Thatcher was a bitch!!!
    chesterwiggaon September 09, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think the two previous entries summed it up. i love that morrissey equates money with drugs, it seems the more money the rich get the more they want. just look at the greedy bastards at enron.
    morrissey's opinion of conservatives and thatcher is further explored in "margarette on a guillatine."
    mozzeron May 11, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJust look at songs like Handsome Devil "Who will swallow whom?" and on Pretty Girls Make Graves "I could and been wild and I could have been free but nature played this trick on me" , "I've lost my faith in womanhood", and "I'm not the man you think I am"

    It kinda makes me think Morrissey wanted a hot beef injection. But I still luv him
    BlueOatmealon February 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song and although Mr Disco's interpretation seen through the viewpoint of the greedy politicians wanting more and more power like a drug is interesting, I think it's more straight forward.

    Much like "Irish Blood English Heart" Morrisey is deriding the 'ruling classes' in Britain who are content to keep the working class down and 'in their place'. I love the way the song is so upbeat and jovial. It sounds like a happy song which is very ironic because it is Morrissey at his miserable best!

    On a government scheme
    Designed to kill your dream
    Oh mum, oh dad
    Once poor, always poor

    I think tinfoil really hit it on the head with the suggestion that the Interesting Drug is a play on the idea of an anti-depressant, to combat the actual economic depression in the 1980s. It sounds like Britain was a miserable place to live in at the time (I was too young to know) and the only way to escape the poverty and depression was with an Interesting Drug of some sort.

    Morrissey is obviously of the opinion that Thatcher was doing a shabby job of running the country. Morrissey came from a working class Irish immigrant family and he always managed to paint a dreary, mundane and depressing picture of 1980s Britain. He doesn't blame working class people (or himself) for turning to drugs or medication to escape their surroundings, he blames the people in power for messing everything up. Sounds like a pretty familiar theme these days...

    You wonder why we're only half-ashamed?
    "Because ENOUGH is TOO MUCH!
    ...and look around ...
    ...can you blame us ? CAN you blame us
    PrettyPettyThiefon April 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat was Moz's political orientation? Or sexual for that matter? all those songs referring to homosexuality when he was in the Smiths seem to me to be token (for want of a better word) to make homosexuals feel better about themselves
    Johnnoon June 05, 2003   Link
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    General Commentisnt it on the right?
    z0MbiEon July 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the above comments characterizing the song as an attack on British economics. More broadly I think the song is about an individual's rights versus the government's right to legislate one's lifestyle. As far as drugs go I know Morrissey does not do them but he said that he tried E once and supposedly this song was inspired by that. The singer's accepting but not indulging words seem to be just about his position, as expressed by the song's theme itself.
    davidbeauyon August 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHow good is the
    "..and look around ...
    ...can you blame us ? CAN you blame us ?""
    line?
    love this song to death...the video clip is kinda fun as well :)
    enolfon February 11, 2006   Link

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