I Don't Want My Friends (Doing Heroin)

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I wrote this song after moving to Denver from Norfolk, Virginia. Played it once or twice in solo shows. (Few want to hear such songs. Where does it fit in a songlist of winking roadhouse rock and drinking songs?) A few of my bandmates back there had started dabbling in smack, a couple of them “inspired” by too much ODed-musician mythology. What a dumb idea. If it was possible to strip “heroin chic” from the world’s vocabulary, I’d do it. Jim Perry was a former bandmate of mine, a super-sweet guy and the first I saw go. Followed by a few more immensely talented local heroes over the years. Sadly, heroin is now a bigger problem than it’s ever been in many places. So I got this song off my chest. Pardon me. -- MJ

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You’ve got your band, you’ve got your fans
You’ve got your rock & roll
You think you need more to bare your soul
Well in spite of what they say in the places we play
There’s nothing chic about an early grave

This ain’t New York City and Johnny Thunders is dead
And I don’t want my friends doing heroin

I know it gets old playin’ a tortured role
Livin’ in this Tinker Toy town
No one sheds a tear at all your bring down
But the addict hero’s a lie and it’s stupid to glorify
The oldest craze wastin’ the latest lives

This ain’t Richmond, Virginia, and Jim Perry is gone
And I don’t want my friends doing heroin

You got your fans, you got big plans
You got a heart with a hole
You think you’re too tough to lose control
But the last song’s calling your name
The same old junkie refrain
The needle drops and it plays again and again and again and again

This ain’t Austin, Texas and you ain’t a Rolling Stone
And I don’t want my friends doing heroin
This is the Mile High City and I’m praying the rumors are wrong
‘Cause I don’t want my friends doing heroin

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from Nothing to Cry About, released January 1, 2017

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