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the stoner song

The stoner song

A bluegrass reggae gospel WTF by John Hartford, the late folkie scholar and prankster. “Tryin to light the roach while I’m weavin’ down the street/ It’s too small to smoke and too big to eat,” he laments. Later revived by spiritual offspring the Yonder Mountain String Band, who also cover his “Granny Wontcha Smoke Some Marijuana.”

Not coded at all. The ex-Wailer makes his pitch and calls out the hyprocrites: “Judges smoke it/ Even the lawyers, too.”
The original, by Sixties psychedelic country-rockers the Fraternity of Man, is a pedal-steely honky-tonk head trip. This minute-long live version, replicated by Phish and countless other bro-downing bud fans, is the stoner “Auld Lang Syne.”

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A cautionary tale that never mentions cannabis specifically. But the title suggests a stealthier, possibly healthier mode of weed consumption. And the lyrics — about being lost and time slipping away — seem a good note to end on.
“There’s no hatred and no greed/ Here on the Planet of Weed/Everyone gets along/ It’s quite pleasant indeed.” Like, EXACTLY, bro. Wait: Aren’t those lines from a Dr. Seuss book?

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