"Opiated" as written by Robert Baker, Gordon Downie, Johnny Fay, Paul Langlois and Gordon Sinclair....
He bought two-fifths of lead free gasoline
Said, the bottle is dusty, but my engine is clean
He bought a nice blue suit with the money he could find
If his bride didn't like it, St Peter wouldn't mind

Now I lie here so out-of-breath
And over-opiated
Maybe I couldn't catch up, no but
Maybe he could have waited

Well the medicine man started seeing red
You think the snake just dreams up the poison in his head
Addicted to approval, addicted to the air
It was see if you like it or see you up there


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"Opiated" as written by Gordon Sinclair Gordon Downie

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    General CommentThis is a song about a guy who kills himself, leaving a friend behind.

    Each verse contains the threat of suicide in its final lines: "if his bride didn't like it, St. Peter wouldn't mind" in the first, and "it was see if you like it, or see you up there" in the second. Suicide, rather than murder, because it's his new blue suit that St. Peter might like, rather than anything of his bride's. He's "addicted to approval," and if it's withdrawn, he's going to off himself.

    Before he offs himself, he gets drunk. That ain't two fifths of gasoline in that bottle; the following line is slyly lifted from a Grateful Dead song, "Brown-Eyed Women," which is about a bootlegger. As the Dead have it, "the bottle was dusty, but the liquor was clean." Booze is fuel to his suicidal impulse -- the snake doesn't just dream up the poison in his head.

    The singer is left behind, and if not actually opiated, that's how he feels: numb. Maybe he couldn't have stopped the guy from offing himself. On the other hand, maybe he could have waited for help.

    Escape is at Hand for the Travellin' Man has another, not dissimilar, take on a friend's suicide.
    wonderdogon January 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think Gordie wrote this song when he was messed up, or the song is about being on some kind of drugs... the definition of "Opiate" is: Any of various sedative narcotics containing opium or one or more of its natural or synthetic derivatives.

    Anyway... This is a Great Hip song!
    Fully__Completelyon March 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe fact of weather or not Gordo was messed up when he wrote that is debatable. The alternative definition of "Opiate" is: extreme dull relaxation. The chorus has some sublitinal referance to being to lazy to maintain a friendship. That's one thing about Gord's lyrics, they can be applied on several different levels. No doubt that this song is a gooder.
    HipFan_007on July 02, 2003   Link

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