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  • Anonymous
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    PINK~~~SOBER
    I don’t wanna be the girl who laughs the loudest
    Or the girl who never wants to be alone
    I don’t wanna be that call at four o’clock in the morning
    ‘Cause I’m the only one you know in the world that won’t be home

    Aahh, the sun is blinding
    I stayed up again
    Oohh, I am finding
    That’s not the way I want my story to end

    I’m safe
    Up high
    Nothing can touch me
    But why do I feel this party’s over?
    No pain
    Inside
    You’re my protection
    But how do I feel this good sober?

    I don’t wanna be the girl who has to fill the silence…
    The quiet scares me ’cause it screams the truth
    Please don’t tell me that we had that conversation
    When I won’t remember, save your breath, ’cause what’s the use?

    Aahh, the night is calling
    And it whispers to me softly, “come and play”
    Aahh, I am falling
    And if I let myself go, I’m the only one to blame

    I’m safe
    Up high
    Nothing can touch me
    But why do I feel this party’s over?
    No pain
    Inside
    You’re like perfection
    But how do I feel this good sober?

    I’m comin’ down
    Comin’ down
    Comin’ down
    Spinnin’ round
    Spinnin’ round
    Spinnin’ round
    Looking for myself.. Sober

    Comin’ down
    Comin’ down
    Comin’ down
    Spinnin’ round
    Spinnin’ round
    Spinnin’ round
    Looking for myself.. Sober

    When it’s good, then it’s good, it’s so good, ’till it goes bad
    Till you’re trying to find the you that you once had
    I have heard myself cry
    Never again
    Broken down in agony
    And just trying to find a friend

    I’m safe
    Up high
    Nothing can touch me
    But why do I feel this party’s over?
    No pain
    Inside
    You’re like perfection
    But how do I feel this good sober?

    I’m safe
    Up high
    Nothing can touch me
    But why do I feel this party’s over?
    No pain
    Inside
    You’re like perfection
    But how do I feel this good sober?

    How do I feel this good sober?

    Anonymous
    Post count: 3

    And pass it on, it’s almost out
    We’re so creative, so much more
    We’re high above but on the floor

    It’s not a habit, it’s cool, I feel alive
    If you don’t have it you’re on the other side

    The deeper you stick it in your vein
    The deeper the thoughts, there’s no more pain
    I’m in heaven, I’m a god
    I’m everywhere, I feel so hot

    It’s not a habit, it’s cool, I feel alive
    If you don’t have it you’re on the other side
    I’m not an addict (maybe that’s a lie)

    It’s over now, I’m cold, alone
    I’m just a person on my own
    Nothing means a thing to me
    (Nothing means a thing to me)

    It’s not a habit, it’s cool, I feel alive
    If you don’t have it you’re on the other side
    I’m not an addict (maybe that’s a lie)

    Free me, leave me
    Watch me as I’m going down
    Free me, see me
    Look at me, I’m falling and I’m falling.

    It is not a habit, it is cool I feel alive I feel…
    It is not a habit, it is cool I feel alive

    It’s not a habit, it’s cool, I feel alive
    If you don’t have it you’re on the other side
    I’m not an addict (maybe that’s a lie)
    I’m not an addict…

    K’s Choice Not An Addict[/COLOR]

    Anonymous
    Post count: 1

    I’ve found a lot of songs – awesome thread! Just thought I add a couple ones that I didn’t see. They don’t all relate directly to addiction, but they’ve helped me.

    Used to Get High – John Butler Trio
    “Escape, can’t wait all trying to get away
    From this place man that we’re feeling
    Can’t deal, can’t feel what’s real
    All trying to conceal all this time we’re stealing
    No doubt, the route you’re on
    Can’t find the clout that you’ve been needing
    ‘Til then my friend you must contend
    With the monster that you’re feeding”

    Kettle’s On – The Feeling (AlAnon)
    “Can’t you see you’re in the wrong place
    Will you please face it and come home
    When I think about you’re sweet face
    I can’t wait for you to come home
    I can see you got a real taste for that champaigne but its all gone
    Come home, the kettle’s on”

    Time to Pretend – MGMT
    My favorite part is “I’ll miss the playgrounds and the animals and digging up worms
    I’ll miss the comfort of my mother and the weight of the world
    I’ll miss my sister, miss my father, miss my dog and my home
    Yeah, I’ll miss the boredom and the freedom and the time spent alone.”

    Dead and Gone – T.I.
    “No more stress, now I’m straight, now I get it, now I take
    Time to think, before I make mistakes just for my family’s sake
    That part of me left yesterday
    The heart of me is strong today
    No regrets I’m blessed to say
    The old me dead and gone away”

    Right Now – Van Halen
    ”Don’t wanna wait ’til tomorrow
    Why put it off another day?…
    Come on turn, turn this thing around”

    I Don’t Want To Be – Gavin DeGraw
    “I don’t want to be
    Anything other than what I’ve been trying to be lately
    All I have to do
    Is think of me and I have peace of mind
    I’m tired of looking ’round rooms
    Wondering what I’ve got to do
    Or who I’m supposed to be
    I don’t want to be anything other than me”

    Shackles – Mary Mary
    “In the corners of mind
    I just can’t seem to find a reason to believe
    That I can break free
    Cause you see I have been down for so long
    Feel like the hope is gone
    But as I lift my hands, I understand
    That I should praise you through my circumstance

    Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance
    I just wanna praise you
    I just wanna praise you
    You broke the chains now I can lift my hands
    And I’m gonna praise you
    I’m gonna praise you”

    Stories (Down to the Bottom) – TobyMac
    “We’ve been down to the bottom
    Stories we got ’em, when we hit rock bottom
    If you been there put your hands in the air
    To let the lost know that someone cares
    Cause we’ve been down to the bottom
    Stories we’ve got ’em, when we hit rock bottom
    If you been there put your hands in the air
    And let somebody know that the Most High cares”

    Anonymous
    Post count: 16

    When I Drink-The Avett Brothers…o.k more about drinking, and the consequences of it…

    When I drink
    I say things I don’t want to say
    I do things I don’t wanna do
    I talk mean to you
    But if I think
    I just might get something out of this
    My parents taught me to learn when I miss
    Just do your best
    Just do your best

    It’s the only way to keep that last bit of sanity
    Maybe I don’t have to be good but I can try to be
    At least a little better than I’ve been so far

    But when I drink
    I hear things that aren’t really there
    I feel things when I shouldn’t really care
    Have fist fights with the air
    But if I think about someone besides myself
    I lived through the silver and the bell
    With something to tell
    Just do your best

    It’s the only way to keep that last bit of sanity
    Maybe I don’t have to be good but I can try to be
    At least a little better than I’ve been so far

    But when I drink
    I spend the next morning in a haze
    But we only get so many days
    Now I have one less
    Just do your best

    It’s the only way to keep that last bit of sanity
    Maybe I don’t have to be good but I can try to be
    At least a little better than I’ve been so far
    Oh, at least a little better than I’ve been so far

    YouTube – When I Drink

    Anonymous
    Post count: 16

    I’m not perfectly sure the song I latched on to recently is about recovery even after studying the lyrics, but somehow I got the sense that the “Blah blah” was a way of describing the emptiness of drinking, or maybe the hollow excuses we make for using libations to be merry. Anyway, hearing this song the first time and my quitting happened almost simultaneously, and it’s become a bit of a pet song to me that I associate with my feeling of success (through quitting). It’s from the album Keep It Simple, by Van Morrison.

    Behind the Ritual

    Drinking wine in the alley, drinking wine in the alley
    Making time, drinking that wine
    Out of my mind in the days gone by

    Making time with Sally, drinking that wine
    In the days gone by, talking all out of my mind
    Drinking that wine, talking all out of my mind

    Spin and turning in the alley, spin and turning in the alley
    Like a Whirling Dervish in the alley, drinking that wine
    Drinking wine, making time in the days gone by

    Boogie woogie child in the alley
    Drinking that wine, making time, talking all out of my mind
    Drinking wine in the days gone by, behind the ritual

    Behind the ritual, behind the ritual
    In the days gone by, drinking that wine
    Making time, drinking that wine way back in time

    Spin and turn and rhyme in the alley
    Spin and turning, making up rhymes, talking all out of my mind
    Talking that jive, drinking that wine in the days gone by

    Drinking wine in the alley, drinking that wine
    Making time, talking all out of my mind
    Drinking that wine making time in the alley

    Behind the ritual, behind the ritual
    You find the spiritual, you find the spiritual
    Behind the ritual in the days gone by

    Drinking wine in the alley, drinking wine in the alley
    Making time, talking all out of my mind
    Drinking that wine in the days gone by, days gone by

    Spin and turn talking that jive
    Spin and turn talking that jive all out of our minds
    Drinking that sweet wine
    Making time, making time in the days gone by

    Behind the ritual, behind the ritual
    Behind the ritual, behind the ritual
    Drinking that wine making time in the days gone by

    Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah
    Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah
    Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah

    Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah
    Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah
    Behind the ritual, making time in the days gone by

    In the days gone by, in the days gone by
    Drink that wine, making time
    Getting high in the days gone by, drinking that wine

    Getting high behind the ritual
    Getting high behind the ritual
    Drinking that wine in the days gone by

    Behind the ritual, behind the ritual
    Behind the ritual, behind that spiritual
    In the days gone by drinking that wine and getting high

    So high behind the ritual, so high behind the ritual
    So high in the days gone by
    Drinking that wine making time, making time

    Stretching time, stretching time
    Drinking that wine, stretching time
    Stretching time in the days gone by behind the ritual

    Behind the ritual
    Behind the ritual

    Anonymous
    Post count: 16

    Something I recommend (if it hasn’t been posted already) is hearing Johnny Cash’s version of Hurt (originally by Nine Inch Nails) – as well as a couple of songs from the final Johnny Cash album, like I Came to Believe. I drank through these, while knowing I needed to stop, hopefully someone will catch on more quickly than I did (but I reckon these songs gave me a slow start):

    Hurt

    I hurt myself today
    to see if I still feel
    I focus on the pain
    the only thing that’s real
    the needle tears a hole
    the old familiar sting
    try to kill it all away
    but I remember everything
    what have I become?
    my sweetest friend
    everyone I know
    goes away in the end
    and you could have it all
    my empire of dirt

    I will let you down
    I will make you hurt

    I wear this crown of thorns
    upon my liar’s chair
    full of broken thoughts
    I cannot repair
    beneath the stains of time
    the feelings disappear
    you are someone else
    I am still right here

    what have I become?
    my sweetest friend
    everyone I know
    goes away in the end
    and you could have it all
    my empire of dirt

    I will let you down
    I will make you hurt

    if I could start again
    a million miles away
    I would keep myself
    I would find a way

    Anonymous
    Post count: 16

    Listening to Johnny Cash period is always good ;-P…but my fav has always been Sunday Mornin Comin down…which actually Kris Kristofferson wrote…

    I also love The Wanderer with Cash and U2..

    Anonymous
    Post count: 16

    Sarah, ha ha, you’re right. (I can see your “bias” in your picture.) There’s something about him that is good for the soul – the way he tells a story and makes you take a look at a person’s choices and their effect. And while I am not a “religious person,” I am quite receptive to him, and he was pretty religious. So he has a universal appeal. I remember my father also loved him, so I kind of have a soft spot about Johnny Cash.

    Anonymous
    Post count: 13

    Well, I recall a couple from years ago that were supposedly symbolic of heroin addiction or use.

    A Horse with No Name – America
    Chestnut Mare – The Byrds (beautiful song)

    Best ones I’ve heard ‘recovery related –
    Carry On Wayward Son – Kansas
    The Wall – Kansas (supposedly their journey with the steps)

    The Wall

    “I’m woven in a fantasy,
    I can’t believe the things I see
    The path that I have chosen now
    Has led me to a wall
    And with each passing day I feel a little more like something dear was lost
    It rises now before me,
    A dark and silent barrier between,
    All I am, and all that I would ever want be
    It’s just a travesty,
    Towering, marking off the boundaries my spirit
    Would erase
    To pass beyond is what I seek
    I fear that I may be too weak
    And those are few who’ve seen it
    Through to glimpse the other side,
    The promised land is waiting like a maiden that is soon to be a bride
    The moment is a masterpiece,
    The weight of indecision’s in the air
    It’s standing there, the symbol and the sum of all that’s me
    It’s just a travesty,
    Towering, blocking out the light and blinding me
    I want to see
    Gold and diamonds cast a spell,
    It’s not for me I know it well
    The riches that I seek
    Are waiting on the other side
    There’s more that I can measure in the treasure of the love that I can find
    And though it’s always been with me,
    I must tear down the Wall and let it be
    All I am, and all that I was ever meant to be, in harmony
    Shining true and smiling back at all who wait to cross
    There is no loss”

    Robby Steinhart and Kerry Livgren from Kansas were supposedly in recovery. Livgren left the group and went on to create spiritual solo tapes.

    And of course, Aerosmith, “It’s Amazing”

    “It’s amazing
    With the blink of an eye
    You finally see the light
    It’s amazing
    That when the moment arrives
    You know you’ll be alright
    It’s amazing
    And I’m saying a prayer
    For the desperate hearts tonight.”

    Anonymous
    Post count: 16

    There’s something about him that is good for the soul

    amen to that.

    So he has a universal appeal. I remember my father also loved him, so I kind of have a soft spot about Johnny Cash.

    He definetly does. He wore his heart on his sleeve and he was a good leader…we relate because he didn’t hide who he was or what he stood for. I also think that watching someone of that caliber go through such a difficult time and recover brings such a story of hope to so many people, like myself. Addiction is not a light subject, it goes deep and Johnny Cash is a pure example of the power of redemption. He’s been through it all and he came out on the other side or in his case out of the cave…

    Though, he did struggle even after he found Jesus, and that is what makes him soo real.

    Let’s face it, I don’t know if there will ever be another man in the spotlight like him again. I hope so, for the younger generations to come…

    My grandfather loved JC as well, and his name was also Johnny. I share that soft spot with you 🙂

    yup, love the Cash man, and I wish he was still with us. I would have loved to of met him!! I should also give a shout out to June, without her I don’t think his story would have been so redeeming..

    o.k I am done rambling now 😛

    YouTube – Johnny Cash – Sunday Morning Coming Down

    Anonymous
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    I didn’t read through to see everything posted but I have a recovery playlist on my iPhone that consists of:

    Red Hot Chili Peppers – Soul To Squeeze (this is the soundtrack to my rehab experience I must have listened to this a thousand times during those 28 days)

    Seether – Fine Again

    Boyce Avenue – Because Of You (Ne-Yo Cover)

    Linkin Park – Breaking The Habit

    Green Day – Restless Heart Syndrome

    Boys Night Out – Reason Ain’t Our Long Suit

    Boys Night Out – Get Your Head Straight

    John Butler Trio – Used To Get High

    Red Hot Chili Peppers – Snow (Hey Oh)

    Third Eye Blind – My Time In Exile

    Third Eye Blind – God Of Wine
    “Every thought that I repent, there’s another chip you haven’t spent
    And we’re cashing them all in, where do we begin
    To get clean again, I wanna know, can we get clean again?”

    Bright Eyes – We Are Nowhere And It’s Now

    Bright Eyes – Cleanse Song *** (Probably my favorite recovery song. You need to hear this)
    Don’t forget what you’ve learned all you give is returned
    And if life seems absurd, what you need is some laughter
    And a season to sleep, and a place to get clean
    Maybe Los Angeles, some place no one’s expecting
    On a detox walk through a Glendale Park
    Over sidewalk chalk, someone wrote in red ‘Start Over’
    So I muffled my screams on an Oxnard Beach
    Full of fever dreams that scare you sober
    Into saltless dinners”

    Bright Eyes – Coat Check Dream Song

    Jimmy Eat World – Drugs Or Me

    Jimmy Eat World – Pain

    Anonymous
    Post count: 2

    How about John Lennon doing “Cold Turkey”? Oh, just FYI, the Jefferson Airplane song is called White Rabbit, not go ask alice. Music played a large part in my addiction. I’d listen to the Chambers Brothers sing “I’m waiting for my man” later on redone by lou Reed and the Velvet Underground or “Going Uptown to Harlem” Way back then, I’d go to 125th street right smack dab in the middle of Harlem. My connection would meet me in the subway with bundles of heroin. Damn, I’ve been crazy all my life. One more that reeks of drug use, Heron by the velver Underground, takes one back in time, yes it does. And of course, Spoonful, redone by Cream w/ Erci Clapton.

    “Cold Turkey, has got me, On The Run”

    Anonymous
    Post count: 1

    Hey every body. I’m glad to see more people interested in songs about addiction/recovery.
    I need some help finding a song.
    Now I heard this song while I was high and on the verge of becoming sober. I heard it on Night with Alice Cooper but I cant for the life of me find a Alice Cooper song that sounds like it.

    The main verse was talking about how the artist was afraid of being sober because he was never sober around his wife.

    “will you love me if Im sober” This is a line I remember.

    If anyone has any ideas please post them

    THANKS!

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