Say It Ain’t So

by Screedler on December 6, 2016

I always thought this Weezer song had to be about alcoholism, but had never heard the story behind it until today while listening to Matt Pinfield’s Lithium show on XM radio. Frontman Rivers Cuomo has said the songs lyrics stem from an incident in high school where he came home and saw a bottle of Heineken beer in the fridge. He believed his mother and father’s marriage ended because his father was an alcoholic (who later cleaned up and became a preacher). This beer discovery made him fear the marriage between his mother and her new husband and now step-father would end this way as well.

In 2008, Rolling Stone ranked “Say It Ain’t So” #72 on “The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.


“Say It Ain’t So”

Oh yeah
Alright

Somebody’s Heine’
Is crowdin’ my icebox
Somebody’s cold one
Is givin’ me chills
Guess I’ll just close my eyes

Oh yeah
Alright
Feels good
Inside

Flip on the tele
Wrestle with Jimmy
Something is bubbling
Behind my back
The bottle is ready to blow

Say it ain’t so
Your drug is a heartbreaker
Say it ain’t so
My love is a life taker

I can’t confront you
I never could do
That which might hurt you
So try and be cool
When I say
This way is a waterslide away from me
That takes you further every day
So be cool

Say it ain’t so
Your drug is a heartbreaker
Say it ain’t so
My love is a life taker

Dear Daddy
I write you in spite of years of silence
You’ve cleaned up, found Jesus, things are good or so I hear
This bottle of Steven’s awakens ancient feelings
Like father, stepfather, the son is drowning in the flood
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Say it ain’t so
Your drug is a heartbreaker
Say it ain’t so
My love is a life taker

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What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits

by Screedler on October 13, 2016

Hey everyone! TDA and I (Screedler) have not given up on the site. Neither have we fallen off our wagon’s. Just taking some time off and rebooting.

I heard a song on the radio today that made me think of the site, how everyone was doing and everything. The band is “The Doobie Brothers” and the song was off their fourth album with the TDA post inspiring title What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits which had their mega hit “Black Water” on it.

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Boston’s Higher Power

by Screedler on August 11, 2016

The liner notes of Boston’s Greatest Hits album released in 1997 :

Special thanks to the Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous programs around the world for inspiring the song HIGHER POWER. Less than 10% of all cocaine & heroin users are able to free themselves from addiction, even after prolonged treatment. HIGHER POWER is dedicated to those few individuals who have the heart to recognize the destructiveness of their addiction to themselves and those around them, and the fortitude to succeed against such a powerful force.

BOSTON is drug-free and opposed to violence and cruelty of any kind One of the new recordings on it, “Higher Power,” was inspired by “Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous programs around the world.”

The song includes a Catholic prayer right before the guitar solo. It is the “Serenity Prayer,” written by Reinhold Niebuhr.

Boston leader Tom Scholz wrote this with bass player David Sikes. The “Higher Power” is a concept in Alcoholics Anonymous to help participants deal with their addiction. In this song, Delp sings about looking beyond himself for guidance. Brad suffered from depression and we lost him in 2007. Research reveals no personal problems with drug or alcohol abuse.

Lyrics:

Let me love you
Take me home to your religion for the night
Let me touch you
Teach me how to see your vision through my eyes
Turn the pages
Tell my story, let me face another day
Safe embraces, I feel it comin’ now
My captain’s on his way.

Hey, my higher power
The world is spinnin’, but I’m not afraid
Yeah, give me the power It’s the beginnin’, the beginnin’ of another day.

Yeah

Let me hold you
Take me back into the secrets of my mind
Let me know you
Come and save me Lord
Don’t let me cross the line

Hey, my higher power
The world is spinnin’, but I’m not afraid
Yeah, give me the power It’s the beginnin’, the beginnin’ of another day.

“God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Thy will,not mine,shall be done.
Amen.”

Ooh, let me love you
Ooh, let me love you

Hey, my Higher Power
The world is spinnin’, but I’m not afraid

Yea, my Higher Power
It’s the beginning of another day.

Hey, my Higher Power
The world is spinnin’, but I’m not afraid

Yeah, my Higher Power
It’s the beginnin’ of another day.

Hey, my higher power
Hey, my higher power
Hey, my higher power

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