I’ve always interpreted it as being about adultery. People have brought up reasons that they think it’s about drugs but IMHO that interpretation is a lot weaker than the other and seems to hinge primarily on that one “swim through your veins” line.
Aww! Someone made a thread based on something that I said…I’m flattered.
All right, well…I have to admit, I figured it was just another song about illicit love until I heard somewhere there was a heroin tie in. Which I preferred to believe, since once I listened to it as a drug song, I couldn’t hear it any other way. I would be curious to see if anyone sees it my way. Other than red dragon from the other thread.
Adultery here for me. (Song interpretation, not relationship preference.)
I can kinda see the heroin interpretation, espcially in reference to the vein line which I always found to be a weird image, but that’s pretty much it. The main problems I have with this song being (solely) about drugs is the verse (chorus?) about the ring the person ostensibly being sung to is wearing.
I also have trouble imagining of a mainstream artist anthropomorphizing heroin.
I think the veins line is just meant to be a tip-off that it is about heroin. The way I interpret it, it’s like heroin is singing the song to Uncle Kracker. It all works out that way, and the line about the ring could mean either some drug lingo I don’t know about, or maybe something about Uncle’s doing it and his wife doesn’t want him to. The heroin’s not concerned about that detail, though: “I’m not worried bout the ring you wear, cuz as long as no one knows then nobody can care.”
Does anyone else get the impression that it’s making a comparision between love and addiction? It seems to be suggesting, to me anyway, that it’s the sort of love/lust that they can’t get out of their system…
I think an interpretation that hinges around one line of a work, especially a line that can be taken both ways (as DAVEW0071 has shown), is very weak. Hence my preference for the adultery interpretation, which can be supported not only through a line-by-line analysis of a significant portion of the work (my post in the abovementioned thread), but also by a general perception of the whole piece. Finally, upon analysis of the genre as a whole (Popular/Rock), we see that songs about love are more common than songs about drugs (especially in the past two decades), and adultery is a common ‘love’ theme.
Oh, I don’t know. I may be wrong about this particular song (I mean, I’m no drug expert although I play one on the SDMB), I think drug songs are commoner than you’d think…the whole sex, drugs, and rock n roll. What about “There She Goes” by the LaLas (covered by Sixpence None the Richer)? And wasn’t there some Velvet Underground song that seemed to be about one thing but was really about heroin?
No one is saying that songs referencing drug use don’t exist.
The contention, though, is that songs about love, even adulterous love, are more common. You’ve named two songs. Perhaps you could name more. For every two drug songs you name, we could probably name two hundred love songs.
That’s the only point we’re trying to make. If you’re going to go with the most likely interpretation, based on precedent (which is probably the best way to approach something like this), then it almost forces you to come down on the side of it being a love song.
From what I’ve read of the rationales for “Follow Me” being a drug song, they’re real stretches based on one or two specific references in the song. Taken as a whole, though, the tone of the piece seems to indicate a love song.
Yeah, I remember that one. Wasn’t it called Heroin?
Seriously, they’ve pretty much always been out in the open about heroin, amphetamime, s&m, murders, hookers, orgies and other such wholesome family fun. I s’pose you could say that “I’m Waiting for the Man” seems to be about something else.
I think the song is about adultery as well, although I resist the urge to projectile vomit every time I hear it and have listened to it all the way through only once. Blech!
I’d love to hear what you guys think about Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds and Hey Jude. Or, even better, Gotta Get You Into My Life on the “Revolver” album. Every Beatles fan I know swears that song is about drug use (“I was alone, I took a ride, I didn’t know what I would find there”), but I really don’t get that at all.
My own personal opinion is that it is about adultery.
I may be missing something here, and I have only heard the song by Sixpence None the Richer, but how exactly is this a song about drugs? I am pretty sure that Sixpence would be quite surprised to hear this…
I prefer to think he’s singing about adultry. Actually I saw a clip on MTV with Uncle Kracker and Kid Rock and he said the song was actually about nothing. He said he enjoyed people wondering what it meant. Still, you have to love a man with a huge gold fake tooth possibly singing about an affair
They are. That is why I think they would be so surprised to hear that they were accidentally singing a song about drugs. I have also heard that song a few million times, courtesy of the radio station we use in my office, and I certainly never heard anything in the lyric that would suggest it to me.