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"War on Drugs"

When I first began listening to the Barenaked Ladies -- the funniest people in music, I think -- I never would have imagined they would someday produce a song so hauntingly sad as "War on Drugs", from their most recent album, Everything to Everyone. It's set to a beautiful melody, like a love ballad, but it's not about love.

Near where I live there's a viaduct
Where people jump when they're out of luck
Raining down on the cars and trucks below

They've put a net there to catch their fall
Like it'll stop anyone at all
What they don't know is when nature calls, you go

They say that Jesus and mental health
Are just for those who can help themselves
But what good is that when you live in hell on earth?

From the very fear that makes you want to die
Is just the same as what keeps you alive
It's way more trouble than some suicide is worth


Won't it be dull when we rid ourselves
Of all these demons haunting us
To keep us company

Won't it be odd to be happy like we
Always thought we're supposed to feel
But never seem to be


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