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“White Rabbit”

Jefferson Airplane | 1967

Grace Slick wrote “White Rabbit” both as an homage to some of her favorite childhood books that featured children’s minds being altered after ingesting certain pills or liquids, and as a way to explain the drug lifestyle that ran rampant in the Sixties. “Our parents read us stories like Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz,” the Jefferson Airplane frontwoman told Rolling Stone. “They all have a place where children get drugs, and are able to fly or see an Emerald City or experience extraordinary animals or people … And our parents are suddenly saying, ‘Why are you taking drugs?’ Well, hello!”

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“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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