What are "whites" in Little Feat's "Willin'"?

I love that song. It’s been one of my very favorite songs since I first heard it on a compilation LP some 25 years ago. Thanks to lyrics sites, I since have been able to decipher the line “And I been from Tucson to Tucumcari, Tehachapi to Tonapah” (the only town I could make out was Tucson, but I’m not from the U.S., so bear with me). But what still puzzles me somewhat are the “whites” in the refrain:

*And if you give me weed, whites and wine,
And you show me a sign,
I’ll be willin’,
To be movin’

I know what weed and wine are, so I suspect that “whites” is a slang term for another substance. But for what?

Amphetamines? http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/White+cross+(drug)

Yep. The trucker’s friend.

As well as the odd deep-sea oil drilling rig driver’s friend. :smiley:

Thanks for the prompt answers. Should have been obvious for a trucker song. :smack:

Ten mg amphetamines. We used to call them “White Crosses”

While we’re at it: are the reds, greens and blues in the Stones’ “Sweet Virgina” also amphetamine pills?:

*Drop your reds, drop your greens and blues.
And I hid the speed inside my shoe.
Now, I know that “speed” is amphetamine. Did those pills come in all colors?

Reds were generally a barbiturate of some kind Seconal comes to mind. They would put you to sleep

“Livin’ on reds, vitamin C, and cocaine…”

And “greenies” are dexedrine, as any baseball player from (at least) the 1950s to 1980s knows.

We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers… and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls.
Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.

Leaves the question what “blues” are. But I dimly remember from “Quadrophenia” (the movie) that they were some kind of benzedrines, but probably the drug lingo differed in Britain.

First chapter of* Life*?

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Ah. It sounds like the description of the stuff Richards and the roadies had stuffed into the crevices of the car.

For the record, that’s an OLD trucker song. Trust me, it’s not like that much anymore.

Different drugs today, or clean livin’? Genuinely curious.

In the case of “Sweet Virginia,” while “Drop your reds” is a plain reference to taking barbiturates, I think that following it with “drop your greens and blues” is just wordplay, with a likely pun on blues music thrown in. (As Amateur Barbarian notes, there’s such a thing as greenies, but I’ve never heard them referred to as greens.)

‘Greens’ was slang for liquid PCP on marijuana in the mid 80’s, at least in the DC area.

Shoot, a feller could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all of that stuff.