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Clapton Playing 'Cocaine' In Concert Again
The Indy Channel ^ | October 2, 2006 | AP

Posted on 10/02/2006 12:45:21 PM PDT by Abathar

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Eric Clapton is playing "Cocaine" in concert again.

The recovering drug addict and alcoholic, who founded the Crossroads Centre addiction recovery center on the Caribbean island of Antigua, stopped performing the song written by J.J. Cale when he first got sober.

"I thought that it might be giving the wrong message to people who were in the same boat as me," Clapton recently told The Associated Press.

"But further investigation proved ... the song, if anything, if it's not even ambivalent, it's an anti-drug song. And so I thought that might be a better way to do it, to approach it from a more positive point of view. And carry on performing it as not a pro-drug song, but just as a reality check about what it does."

Clapton's band shouts out "dirty cocaine" during the song.

"It's one of those songs that you can take it any way you like," Clapton told the AP. "But it very clearly says in the opening verse, `If you wanna get down, down on the ground,' I mean, that's, I think, the focal point of the song. That's what the song's about, is that, you know, there's a price."

Clapton also said he missed playing "Cocaine," with its signature guitar riff, "just purely from a musical point of view."

Clapton, 61, is on the North American leg of his world tour. His duet CD with Cale, "The Road to Escondido," is scheduled for release Nov. 7.


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
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I've seen him twice, always wanted to hear that song live. I guess the wife won't have to twist my arm hard to see him a third time now.
1 posted on 10/02/2006 12:45:22 PM PDT by Abathar
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To: Abathar

I hate that song.


2 posted on 10/02/2006 12:47:06 PM PDT by Borges
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To: Abathar

Somehow,I think that both NA and AA would strongly encourage its members to refrain from singing songs about cocaine.


3 posted on 10/02/2006 12:48:33 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("An empty limousine pulled up and Hillary Clinton got out")
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To: Abathar
it's an anti-drug song

Yeah, sure - that is what I meant to say...

4 posted on 10/02/2006 12:48:36 PM PDT by 2banana
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To: Borges

I always liked the guitar work on it myself.


5 posted on 10/02/2006 12:48:37 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: Borges

I just find it extremely hypocritical. And even worse to believe it's an anti-drug song when it's certainly not. The drug almost killed him and he's still singing its praises.

Idiot.


6 posted on 10/02/2006 12:53:13 PM PDT by Tall_Texan ("Journalislam" - reporting about murderous extremists as if they are moral equivalents.)
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To: Abathar

I saw him play it. The only time he moved during the concert was during Cocaine. He swayed about 4 inches from side to side.


7 posted on 10/02/2006 12:53:43 PM PDT by Gunflint
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To: Gunflint

Now, don't go off dissin Eric Clapner.


8 posted on 10/02/2006 1:23:28 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( I am sitting under my cone of silence, inside a copper wire cage wearing a tin foil hat...)
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To: Abathar

It is not like Clapton's fan base is made up of 13 year old kids.


9 posted on 10/02/2006 1:28:59 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton (Texan Pride)
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To: Uncle Slayton

I know, and it's not like every classic rock station across the country doesn't play it every day either.


10 posted on 10/02/2006 1:55:59 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: Abathar
`If you wanna get down, down on the ground,' I mean, that's, I think, the focal point of the song.

Bull

If you got that lose
You wanna kick them blues
Cocaine
When your day is done
And you wanna ride on
Cocaine

She's alright,
She's alright,
She's alright,

COCAINE

If your day is gone
And you wanna ride on
Cocaine
Don't forget this fact
You can't get it back
Cocaine

She's alright,
She's alright,
She's alright,

J. J. Cale may have in fact written the song as an anti drug song, but as one who has seen Clapton perform the song (years ago) it was not and has not been viewed as an anti drug song by his audience, just the opposite in fact.

Now if he is doing it in a different style, that may in fact give the song a negative impact, then that is different. But he should not try and deny that it has been received as a pro drug song.

11 posted on 10/02/2006 4:09:27 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Those who do not know Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. They are the witless." –Khomeni)
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To: 537cant be wrong; Aeronaut; bassmaner; Bella_Bru; Brian Allen; cgk; ChadGore; Cutterjohnmhb; ...
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12 posted on 10/02/2006 4:17:12 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: Tall_Texan

If he HAD gone through a change of life and liked the music itself, he'd consider writing his own answer song to revisit the song and its subject with his new eyes.


13 posted on 10/02/2006 4:20:04 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Government figures talking to teens about masturbation and Eric Clapner dabbling with Cocaine again.

Someone should book former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders on the talk show circuity...


14 posted on 10/02/2006 4:24:00 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: weegee

LOL!!!


15 posted on 10/02/2006 4:41:29 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( I am sitting under my cone of silence, inside a copper wire cage wearing a tin foil hat...)
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To: Abathar; All

Who does the other cocaine song? I always thought it was much better. (And no, I was never a coke head, but I knew many who were.)

Cocaine's for horses
It's not for men
Doctor said it'll kill me
But he didn't say when

Cocaine - running all around my brain


16 posted on 10/02/2006 4:52:31 PM PDT by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: jocon307

I thought White Lines was the other cocaine song.


17 posted on 10/02/2006 4:58:03 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: Michael.SF.
When we used to play it I would make up lyrics for the tune that would go something like:

When you've got ground beef
And you don't want grief
Propane
I don't like the smell
But it cooks real well
Propane

They all like
They all like
They all like
Propane

Drunk people seemed to dig it ;'}
18 posted on 10/02/2006 9:24:12 PM PDT by rockrr (Never argue with a man who buys ammo in bulk...)
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To: rockrr
LOL.

I get it. Does that mean I am drunk?

But officer, I only had two beers?

19 posted on 10/02/2006 10:22:59 PM PDT by Michael.SF. (Those who do not know Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. They are the witless." –Khomeni)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Somehow,I think that both NA and AA would strongly encourage its members to refrain from singing songs about cocaine.

Just insert the word propane. Works for me.

20 posted on 10/02/2006 10:25:35 PM PDT by bad company ([link:www.truthout.org/docs_2006/083006J.shtml | The Path to 9/11])
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To: Borges

Me too!!! I hate the song Cocaine; it's just as moronic as his song Mainline Florida.


21 posted on 10/02/2006 11:01:22 PM PDT by sully777 (You have flies in your eyes--Catch-22)
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To: jocon307

Actually "Smokin' whiskey and drinking cocaine" was popular in my youth also....


22 posted on 10/03/2006 4:38:26 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: jocon307

Jackson Browne


23 posted on 10/03/2006 5:20:43 PM PDT by Gadsdenman (What is best in life? To crush the Code Pinkos,and to hear the lamentation of the womyn!)
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To: Gadsdenman

Thank you, I'd never have remembered that!


24 posted on 10/04/2006 2:47:01 AM PDT by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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