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The Pusher

Features of This Track

acid rock qualities
extensive vamping
major key tonality
an electric guitar solo
a gravelly male vocalist
classic rhodes sound
angry lyrics
heavy instrumental improvisation

These are just a few of the hundreds of attributes cataloged for this track by the Music Genome Project.

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robertgaspar i 1 9 4 7
This song is about the difference between hard and soft drugs. God damn the pusher man, not the dealer man. Old Pinko
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So does the bible...o oh.enjoy.... D . D .
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Anti drug my a**.tot the war.then i would kill em with my bible.say what.
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probably not a lot of plays in the bible belt back in the day, an these people think it was anti-drug anthem. Oxy moron?
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Does anyone remember the long version , The pusher
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Enjoy try s.wolf 7.sweet tunes as well.
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He say god damn, a lot.
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Of ALL songs ever recorded, this is the most powerful anti drug song around hands down!!!
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First album I purchased, Early Steppenwolf, Led Zepplin I second
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One of the great rock songs of all time. Great lyrics.
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This song and "Snowblind Friend" helped keep me smart about drugs. They should be required listening for youth. I never became dependent on ingestible substances. Can't say as much for video games; that kind of blind-sided me. ;) You can be dependent on absolutely anything to a harmful degree: music, drugs, religion, athletics, etc. The body contains a pharmacy of drugs which are released when you do these things. You can become dependent on your these internal drugs, too.
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My band tried to play The Pusher at a dance and the Heat turned off the power! They didn't understand the message of the song! Goddamn the pusher! Still relevant; he's still a b**tard!
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I remember my Dad taking a ballpien hammer to my older brothers 8 track copy of this recording... l o l
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Hoyt wrote the song but j. kAY IS THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN SING IT EXCEPT FOR ME WHEN I AM STONED!
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lmliro
My mistake, DanG, thanks for the correction. I'll edit out the parentheses, and I believe the statement still stands.
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want2ride3
lets not forget blue swead (sp) shoes
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uh Liro - Kay is very light sensitive hence the "dark sunglasses".

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Hoyt also wrote Never Been to Spain (3DN), Snowblind Friend (Step)
and the No-no song (Ringo)...
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lmliro
This song was written by Hoyt Axton, who also wrote "Joy to the World" for Three Dog Night. Quite a range of writing skills for a country-west e r n singer !
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lmliro
In the then-conserv a t i v e small town (aren't they all?) I was brought up in, you couldn't play this song in public because of the repeated profanity in the lyrics. Ironic, considering it's an anti-drug song. Nobody believed that a stoner group like Steppenwolf would be delivering such a message.

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