"Snow Blind Friend" as written by and Hoyt Wayne Axton....
You say it was this morning when you last saw your good friend
Lyin' on the pavement with a misery on his brain
Stoned on some new potion he found upon the wall
Of some unholy bathroom in some ungodly hall
He only had a dollar to live on 'til next Monday
But he spent it on some comfort for his mind
Did you say you think he's blind?

Someone should call his parents, a sister or a brother
And they'll come to take him back home on a bus
But he'll always be a problem to his poor and puzzled mother
Yeah he'll always be another one of us
He said he wanted Heaven but prayin' was too slow
So he bought a one way ticket on an airline made of snow
Did you say you saw your good friend flyin' low?
Flyin' low
Dyin' slow

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"Snowblind Friend" as written by Hoyt Wayne Axton

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    General CommentGreat song. My favorite Steppenwolf song. Reminds me of the friends I've lost to hard drugs.
    Gimpy Jimon March 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI feel your pain Gimpy Jim. I too have lost good friends to hard drugs, and I have others that are heading toward that path. It's depressing what this world has come to. People should learn to have fun without getting drunk or high. My current group of friends and I are 16 and we have all had some exposure to either drugs or alcohol. But luckily we have all learned from our errors or the mistakes of others. I am happy to say that none of us drink or smoke and probably won't do any more ever again.
    classicRokkeron January 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSteppenwolf writes too many songs about drugs.
    Pink_Floyd_fanon April 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentsteppenwolf didnot write this song.hoyt axton wrote this and "the pusher"
    ohmson July 27, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"But he'll always be a problem to his poor and puzzled mother
    And he'll always be another one of us"

    This is the really telling part of the song. Hes saying that even "saving" someone from this situation probably isnt going to accomplish anything. This song isn't simply about losing your friend to drugs. Its about a society that doesn't have room for people like "us". And when your own family doesn't even know what to do with you, what can you do?
    The singer asks you if you think the guy is crazy, but asks what you would do. There is alot of empathy here.
    Oh yeah, and I think its about speedballing.
    SereniT03on August 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI was tring to find out why Hoyt wrote this song. At frist I thought, "Snowblind," was a reference to cocaine. However, the lyrics suggest otherwise. "Flyin low, Die'n Slow" Would suggest heroin, therefore, "Snowblind," must be a reference to, "China White," a type of heroin known for it's color. Mexican heroin is brown and less potent. "Snow," a.k.a. cocaine, is an uplifting, euphoric type of high and wouldn't leave you, "Lyin on the pavement."
    But does anyone know why he wrote it? Was it because of a personal experince?
    AquaMan6960on December 12, 2011   Link

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