"The Pusher" as written by and Hoyt Wayne Axton....
Snow flakes rolling over my ear, goose bumping weather
If I'm hungry at 4:30 in the morning, Pink Dot will deliver
And I'm oh so tired of you pushing that thorny crown
Down onto my head so hard, my knees are two inches in the ground
And I said, God damn, God damn that Bible pushin' man

You know I smoked a lot of grass and I've popped a lot of pills
But I've never done nothing that my spirit couldn't kill
And I walk around with these tombstones in my eyes
But I know the pusher don't care, if you live or if you die.

And I said, God damn, God damn that Bible pushin' man.
Godamn, Godamn, Godamn, Godamn, God damn

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"The Pusher" as written by Hoyt Wayne Axton

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The Pusher (Steppenwolf cover) song meanings
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    General CommentThe Steppenwolf version seems to be directly relating to a man who is tired of his 'pusher man', a seller of narcotics.

    However, Blind Melon covered this song and changed the lyrics a bit to alter the meaning. Now it describes someone who can not stand the "bible pushing man", or a religious figure trying to convert people.
    - just an observation
    dbieon12on June 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentA Steppenwolf cover, just twisted around a bit.

    Pretty self explanitory I guess.
    Muzzyon March 14, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI like this a lot, it's the same song, just with a bit of a different taste, a little more valid the this generation than the origanal.
    CeeJaion May 12, 2003   Link
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    General Commentit says "i smoke a lot of grass, and i pop a lot of pills".. present tense...give it a good listen..
    dnilbeyedrihton November 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI was just wondering if this song is talking about specifically people who try to push their religion on other people or about God in general.
    I think this is one of Shannon Hoon's best songs ever.
    Too sad, what happened.
    DestructionAtItsFineston March 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentA few comments:
    1. This isnt a 'cover' of the Steppenwolf song, though it borrows from it.
    The Steppenwolf piece expressed anger toward the Pusher that sells death vi-a-vis
    smack addiction. The Blind Melon version piece expresses anger towards the
    pusher of religion, a different kind of addiction. Shannon has visited this theme
    more than once. (eg Holy Man, etc)He appears to have had some serious issues with
    religion or religious people.

    2. The line "Pink Dot will deliver" is incorrect. I've seen this around the net.
    Pink Dot is an LA company.. Doesnt jive with the line before.. No snow in LA..
    Doesnt even get particularly cold.. Doesnt jive with the theme of the song in general.
    Line should read: "If I'm hungry at 4:30 in the morning, think God will deliver ?"
    (i.e. when he's hungry will G-d put food in his belly?"
    tjholmeon August 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWith out hearing the Steppenwolf song, I think of both addiction and the question "Is addiction related to a lack of moral character or lack of religion?" Many people think it is. Seeing it from the side of the addict and a person who has also seen many people struggle with addiction...I don't think it is. Perhaps religion has helped many people answer certain questions about their own use and abuse of drugs. But for any addict who suffers from the disease...the struggle is about more than knowing right from wrong or what god or anyone else wants for/from a man or woman. This doesn't mean that there's no hope...but the struggle is one that requires a spiritual solution...not necessarily concerning a denominational recognized religion.

    Paraphrasing as I believe the lyrics are...and I'm probably wrong.

    {Snow flakes rolling over my ear, goose bumping liver} (goosebumps are a symptom of opiate withdrawal)

    {If I'm hungry at 4:30 in the morning, pink dot will deliver} now I always thought the lyric was "think god will deliver" but I wonder if this is a bit of a trick they have played on me. Being from Ohio...I never heard of pink dot...but just as this song has many double references...maybe this was intended.

    i don't have any other notes about the lyrics above. Just that they are great...making an awesome thought provoking song...one of my FAVS by the band. I am revisiting the jewel that is BLIND MELON today...thanks for letting me share.
    suckingairon July 13, 2012   Link
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    General Commentit's comparing religion to drugs and bible pushers to drug pushers.
    icymoreon February 21, 2013   Link
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    General CommentPink Dot is a Los Angeles–based chain of grocery stores that is known for delivering items such as groceries, deli food, cigarettes, and alcohol. Im pretty sure he does say pink dot, not think god.
    alembixon October 29, 2014   Link
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    General CommentOk people i just made an account to clarify the pink dot reference. No snow in LA is right.. its a double meaning that refers to injecting Heroine. the pink dot is the little blood you draw first to make sure you're in the vein.
    RickyGrimeson February 27, 2015   Link

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