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Country’s 20 Highest Drug Odes

From Willie’s weed to Cash’s coke, we count down the greatest songs about illegal recreation

Singer and songwriter Merle Haggard; composer and lyricist Jerry Herman; dancer, choreographer and director Bill T. Jones; songwriter and musician Paul McCartney; and producer, television host and actress Oprah Winfrey will receive honors for 2010, on THE 33RD ANNUAL KENNEDY CENTER HONORS to be broadcast Tuesday, Dec. 28 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.Pictured: LtoR: Kid Rock, Willie Nelson and Jamey Johnson Photo: Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS ©2010 Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved

Willie Nelson and Jamey Johnson are responsible for some of country music's most pot-friendly tunes.

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So maybe the late Merle Haggard didn’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee or take trips on LSD, but that certainly didn’t stop country’s greats from trading a shot of Tennessee brown for a toke of Colorado green — and singing about it, too. But true to the genre’s roots, these songs capture a complete, complex story: It’s never just as simple as relaxing on the beach with a joint in hand, and, more often than not, there are bitter consequences. These are tales that show both the pleasure and sorrow that comes with a life lived high.

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