Grateful Dead vs The Teen Idles

For some reason I found myself searching for song lyrics and I came across an interesting contrast between these two bands. On one hand The Grateful Dead was well known for the crazy amount of drugs they did, to the point where Jerry would regularly forget the lyrics to songs in the middle of a performance.  On the other hand The Teen Idles were a straight edge hardcore punk band. These two bands were about as opposite as it gets.

Now compare these two songs:

The Grateful Dead – Casey Jones (Video)

This old engine
makes it on time
Leaves Central Station
at a quarter to nine
Hits River Junction
at seventeen to
at a quarter to ten
you know it’s trav’lin again
Drivin’ that train
High on cocaine
Casey Jones you better
watch your speed
Trouble ahead
Trouble behind
and you know that notion
just crossed my mind
Trouble ahead
The Lady in Red
Take my advice
you be better off dead
Switchman sleepin
Train hundred and two
is on the wrong track and
headed for you
Drivin’ that train
High on cocaine
Casey Jones you better
watch your speed
Trouble ahead
Trouble behind
and you know that notion
just crossed my mind
Trouble with you is
The trouble with me
Got two good eyes
but we still don’t see
Come round the bend
You know it’s the end
The fireman screams and
The engine just gleams
Drivin’ that train
High on cocaine
Casey Jones you better
watch your speed
Trouble ahead
Trouble behind
and you know that notion
just crossed my mind

Teen Idles – Deadhead (Video)

Deadhead, deadhead, take another toke
Deadhead, deadhead, you’re a lousy joke
Friend of the devil, who you trying to kid
Friends of the devil are dead like Sid

I’ll be grateful when you’re dead
I’ll be grateful when you’re dead
I’ll be grateful when you’re dead
So don’t stick around too long

Riding that train high on cocaine
The music is really lousy, the fans are a pain
Troubles behind, troubles ahead
The only good deadhead is one that’s dead

One, written by some hardcore drug users, tells the tale of a train operator, high on cocaine, crashing his train. Hardly an advertisement for drug use. The other, by the clean-living straight-edge band, is nothing but a purely vile endorsement of violence and hatred.

No particular point here, just an observation. If anything I’d say the point makes itself.

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