5 Classic Recovery Songs About Addiction

Posted by Jackson Bentley on May 25, 2018 8:00:00 AM
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In our last post about recovery songs, we shared some classic hits from artists like Amy Winehouse and Keith Urban about the struggles of living with a chemical addiction. Today, we want to share a few more great songs that have to do with addiction, whether it be the musician's or another's point of view. 

 

Recovery Songs About Addiction

 

Ed Sheeran - The A Team

 

Ed Sheeran rapping at one of his concertsEva Rinaldi creator QS:P170,Q37885816, Ed Sheeran 4, 2013CC BY-SA 2.0

 

Ed Sheeran’s “The A Team” was an early hit from the singer-songwriter’s career about an experience he had visiting a homeless shelter. In an interview he stated: "I was 18 at the time and kind of quite naive. So, I was a bit taken back by some of the stories that I heard. I got home that night and I just wrote a lot of the lyrics.” The A Team is about one girl who sold herself, used drugs, and had been domestically abused. The lyric “It’s too cold outside for angels to fly” refers to the trap of poverty and addiction.

 

White lips, pale face

Breathing in snowflakes

Burnt lungs, sour taste

Light's gone, day's end

Struggling to pay rent

Long nights, strange men

 

And they say

She's in the Class A Team

Stuck in her daydream

Been this way since eighteen

But lately her face seems

Slowly sinking, wasting

Crumbling like pastries

And they scream

The worst things in life come free to us

'Cause we're just under the upper hand

And go mad for a couple grams

And she don't want to go outside tonight

And in a pipe she flies to the Motherland

Or sells love to another man

It's too cold outside

For angels to fly

Angels to fly

 

Ripped gloves, raincoat

Tried to swim and stay afloat

Dry house, wet clothes

Loose change, bank notes

Weary-eyed, dry throat

Call girl, no phone

 

And they say

She's in the Class A Team

Stuck in her daydream

Been this way since eighteen

But lately her face seems

Slowly sinking, wasting

Crumbling like pastries

And they scream

The worst things in life come free to us

'Cause we're just under the upper hand

And go mad for a couple grams

And she don't want to go outside tonight

And in a pipe she flies to the Motherland

Or sells love to another man

It's too cold outside

For angels to fly

An angel will die

Covered in white

Closed eye

And hoping for a better life

This time, we'll fade out tonight

Straight down the line

 

And they say

She's in the Class A Team

Stuck in her daydream

Been this way since eighteen

But lately her face seems

Slowly sinking, wasting

Crumbling like pastries

They scream

The worst things in life come free to us

And we're all under the upper hand

Go mad for a couple grams

And we don't want to go outside tonight

And in a pipe we fly to the Motherland

Or sell love to another man

It's too cold outside

For angels to fly

Angels to fly

To fly, fly

For angels to fly, to fly, to fly

For angels to die

 

 

Metallica - Master of Puppets

 

Metallica after one of their shows

Kreepin DethMetallica at The O2 Arena London 2008CC BY 3.0

 

One of the most classic Metallica songs is also about a debilitating addiction. For the listener, this could relate to any type of addiction, but for singer James Hetfield, the song is about his own struggles and experiences with alcohol and cocaine, as well as seeing the people around struggling with other drugs. Throughout the song, the “Master” is the on controlling your life, “twisting your mind and smashing your dream”. Hetfield explained: “Master of Puppets' deals pretty much with drugs. How things get switched around, instead of you controlling what you're taking and doing it's drugs controlling you.” The song was even preserved in the National Recording Registry by the U.S. Library of Congress.

 

End of passion play, crumbling away

I’m your source of self-destruction

Veins that pump with fear, sucking darkest clear

Leading on your death’s construction

Taste me you will see

More is all you need

You’re dedicated to

How I’m killing you

 

Come crawling faster

Obey your master

Your life burns faster

Obey your master

Master

 

Master of puppets I’m pulling your strings

Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams

Blinded by me, you can’t see a thing

Just call my name, ‘cause I’ll hear you scream

Master

Master

Just call my name, ‘cause I’ll hear you scream

Master

Master

 

Needlework the way, never you betray

Life of death becoming clearer

Pain monopoly, ritual misery

Chop your breakfast on a mirror

Taste me you will see

More is all you need

You’re dedicated to

How I’m killing you

 

Come crawling faster

Obey your master

Your life burns faster

Obey your master

Master

 

Master of puppets I’m pulling your strings

Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams

Blinded by me, you can’t see a thing

Just call my name, ‘cause I’ll hear you scream

Master

Master

Just call my name, ‘cause I’ll hear you scream

Master

Master

 

Master, master

Where’s the dreams that I’ve been after?

Master, master

You promised only lies

Laughter, laughter

All I hear or see is laughter

Laughter, laughter

Laughing at my cries

 

Fix me

 

Hell is worth all that, natural habitat

Just a rhyme without a reason

Never-ending maze, drift on numbered days

Now your life is out of season

I will occupy

I will help you die

I will run through you

Now I rule you too

 

Come crawling faster

Obey your master

Your life burns faster

Obey your master

Master

 

Master of puppets I’m pulling your strings

Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams

Blinded by me, you can’t see a thing

Just call my name, ‘cause I’ll hear you scream

Master

Master

Just call my name, ‘cause I’ll hear you scream

Master

Master

 

 

Linkin Park - Breaking the Habit

The band Linkin Park SAN1713911Linkin Park Logo y MienbrosCC BY-SA 4.0

 

Fans across the world mourned the loss of Chester Bennington in 2016, beloved singer of the classic alt-rock/rap outfit Linkin Park. Bennington struggled with his demons throughout his life, and used his music as an emotional outlet. One of their biggest songs, “Breaking the Habit”, was written by bassist Mike Shinoda about substance abuse. When first performing the song, Bennington would become overcome with emotion and was unable to finish every performance.

 

Memories consume like opening the wound

I'm picking me apart again

You all assume

I'm safe here in my room

Unless I try to start again

I don't want to be the one the battles always choose

'Cause inside I realize that I'm the one confused

 

I don't know what's worth fighting for

Or why I have to scream

I don't know why I instigate

And say what I don't mean

I don't know how I got this way

I know it's not alright

So I'm breaking the habit

I'm breaking the habit tonight

 

Clutching my cure

I tightly lock the door

I try to catch my breath again

I hurt much more than any time before

I have no options left again

I don't want to be the one the battles always choose

'Cause inside I realize that I'm the one confused

 

I don't know what's worth fighting for

Or why I have to scream

I don't know why I instigate

And say what I don't mean

I don't know how I got this way

I'll never be alright

So I'm breaking the habit

I'm breaking the habit tonight

 

I'll paint it on the walls

'Cause I'm the one at fault

I'll never fight again

And this is how it ends

 

I don't know what's worth fighting for

Or why I have to scream

But now I have some clarity to show you what I mean

I don't know how I got this way

I'll never be alright

So I'm breaking the habit

I'm breaking the habit

I'm breaking the habit tonight

 

I don't know what's worth fighting for

Or why I have to scream

I don't know why I instigate

And say what I don't mean

I don't know how I got this way

I'll never be alright

So I'm breaking the habit

I'm breaking the habit tonight

I'm breaking the habit (tonight)

 

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Under the Bridge

 Anthony Kiedis singing during a Red Hot Chilli Peppers concert

Carlos Delgado, Red Hot Chili Peppers - Rock in Rio Madrid 2012 - 05CC BY-SA 3.0 

 

Lead singer Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers has had a long and historied relationship with drugs and alcohol. In his autobiography, “Scar Tissue”, he details his journey into stardom as well as the roller coaster ride of addiction and sobriety he’s ridden over his career. Anthony was exposed to drugs at a young age, and has struggled with heroin and cocaine throughout his life. Producer Rick Rubin found the lyrics to “Under the Bridge” in a notebook belonging to Kiedis, and suggested he pursue a song using it. The song became one of the Chili Peppers greatest hits, and a classic tribute to addiction and the city of Los Angeles.

 

Sometimes I feel

Like I don't have a partner

Sometimes I feel

Like my only friend

Is the city I live in

The city of angels

Lonely as I am

Together we cry

 

I drive on her streets

'Cause she's my companion

I walk through her hills

'Cause she knows who I am

She sees my good deeds

And she kisses me windy

I never worry

Now that is a lie

 

I don't ever want to feel

Like I did that day

Take me to the place I love

Take me all the way

I don't ever want to feel

Like I did that day

Take me to the place I love

Take me all the way (yeah yeah)

 

It's hard to believe

That there's nobody out there

It's hard to believe

That I'm all alone

At least I have her love

The city she loves me

Lonely as I am

Together we cry

 

I don't ever want to feel

Like I did that day

Take me to the place I love

Take me all the way

I don't ever want to feel

Like I did that day

Take me to the place I love

Take me all the way (yeah yeah)

Ooh no (no no yeah yeah)

Love me I say yeah yeah

 

Under the bridge downtown

Is were I drew some blood

Under the bridge downtown

I could not get enough

Under the bridge downtown

Forgot about my love

Under the bridge downtown

I gave my life away (yeah yeah)

Ooh no (no no yeah yeah)

Here I stay yeah yeah

Here I stay

 

 

The Rolling Stones- Sister Morphine

 The Rolling Stones at a red carpet event

Mario Escherle (alias Flickr user DerPfalzgraf), Rolling Stones Berlinale Filmfestspiele 2008 BerlinCC BY-SA 2.0 

 

The Rolling Stones may be the world’s most notorious party animals, but that doesn’t mean they are lacking their share of songs about the downsides to that lifestyle. The whole album “Sticky Fingers” is about drug addiction, alternating between moods of triumph and defeat. “Sister Morphine” is a particularly dark song about morphine, one of the most powerful opioids of all. The song was partially written by Mick Jagger’s then girlfriend, Marianne Faithfull, about her own heroin addiction. The song ends with the image of satin white hospital sheets turning red, as the addict slowly dies in front of everyone.

 

Here I lie in my hospital bed

Tell me, sister Morphine, when are you coming round again?

Oh, I don't think I can wait that long

Oh, you see that I'm not that strong

 

The scream of the ambulance is sounding in my ears

Tell me, sister Morphine, how long have I been lying here?

What am I doing in this place?

Why does the doctor have no face?

 

Oh, I can't crawl across the floor

Ah, can't you see, Sister Morphine, I'm trying to score

 

Well it just goes to show

Things are not what they seem

Please, sister Morphine, turn my nightmares into dreams

Oh, can't you see I'm fading fast?

And that this shot will be my last

 

Sweet cousin Cocaine, lay your cool cool hand on my head

Ah, come on, sister Morphine, you better make up my bed

'Cause you know and I know in the morning I'll be dead

Yeah, and you can sit around, yeah and you can watch all

The clean white sheets stained red

 

At Landmark Recovery, there is a team of caring professionals that want to help you beat addiction. If you’re in a dark place or just want to remind yourself of the strides you have made in beating your addiction, listen to these recovery songs about addiction and recovery. You don’t have to suffer in silence listening to recovery songs, read recovery quotes alone, detox alone, or figure out how to stay sober by yourself. Landmark Recovery has excellent drug and alcohol rehab facilities for your needs. 

 

 

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