Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart celebrates his 75th birthday today (September 11th). The Grateful Dead is often associated with drugs. The song “Casey Jones” from Workingman’s Dead in 1970 (ridin that train, high on cocaine) is definitely associated with drugs. Mickey says “Casey Jones” is a message song, plain and simple.
“It’s an anti-coke song. Just like it says, ‘Trouble ahead, trouble behind,’ Right? ‘You know that notion just crossed my mind.’ I always thought it’s not good to snort cocaine. And that song told of the perils of cocaine. It’s a nowhere drug — absolutely nowhere. Not unless you like to be a rat in the bottom of a barrel chasing your tail — and then you can do a lot of cocaine.”
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