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From the 1968 release "The Second"

Words and music by John Kay

Starin' at the boob tube, turnin' on the big knob
Tryin' to find some life in the waste land
Fin'ly found a program, gonna deal with Mary Jane
Ready for a trip into hate land
Obnoxious Joe comes on the screen
Along with his guest self-righteous Sam
And one more guy who doesn't count
His hair and clothes are too far out

While pushin' back his glasses Sam is sayin' casually
"I was elected by the masses"
And with that in mind he starts to unwind
A vicious attack on the finest of grasses

Well it's evil, wicked, mean and nasty
(Don't step on the grass, Sam)
And it will ruin our fair country
(Don't be such an ass, Sam)
Well, it will hook your Sue and Johnny
(You're so full of bull, Sam)
All will pay that disagree with me
(Please give up you already lost the fight, alright)

Misinformation Sam and Joe
Are feeding to the nation
But the one who didn't count counted them out
By exposing all their false quotations
Faced by a very awkward situation
This is all he'd say to save the day

Well it's evil, wicked, mean and nasty
(Don't step on the grass, Sam)
And it will ruin our fair country
(Don't be such an ass, Sam)
Well, it will hook your Sue and Johnny
(You're so full of bull, Sam)
All will pay that disagree with me
(Please give up you already lost the fight alright)

You waste my coin Sam, all you can
To jail my fellow man
For smoking all the noble weed
You need much more than him
You've been telling lies so long
Some believe they're true
So they close their eyes to things
You have no right to do
Just as soon as you are gone
Hope will start to climb
Please don't stay around too long
You're wasting precious time

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    UnregisteredJun 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm
    Interesting that in this day marijuana is still illegal while alcohol isn't. There is, however, medical marijuana since it does possess many homeopathic uses but i don't recall a doctor ever prescribing alcohol. 'course there's nowhere near as strongh a marijuana lobby as there is for alcohol. Politicians can be bought, it's really that simple. Ever hear of someone pulled over under the influence of pot?
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    UnregisteredMay 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm
    So we all know the government hates weed, but a bit of research is in order; who do you think holds the patent on medical maryjane? The government, thats who! And in holding the patent the benifits of marijuana are listed, loads and loads of benificial info on the treatment of a plethora of ailments. So, john kay, i salute you for your patriotic and civic minded foresight in this matter. Long live steppenwolf!
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    UnregisteredMar 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm
    He is explaining what uncle sam is saying about marijuana and how it is the gateway to other drugs when it isn't. 44 years later some states are still singing this song...
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    tparker393Oct 8, 2010 at 3:34 am
    This song is about how the system (law enforcement and government) use their influence and power to keep marijuana illegal and obscure the truth behind what this 'noble weed' actually is. Further, Kay points out that they squander tax money on imprisoning people for smoking bud (you waste my coin Sam all you can, to jail my fellow man). Smoking herb is a victimless crime but it's portrayed as something 'evil, wicked, mean and nasty'. What a great song, it was relevant during the time it was written and still is today. Maybe our generation will finally learn how to overcome the lies and manipulation that have plagued the previous ones- we have waited long enough. Thank you Steppenwolf for writing this beautiful and truthful song.

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