Songs About Pills
Everyone has their vices and most people find a way to deal with them through music. Music is an excellent outlet for artists to express themselves, especially when they want to share something they feel passionately about. There are many songs that discuss drugs, pills, and other substances that alter one’s state of mind.
There are also many songs about addiction. These songs either detail the struggle of dealing with drugs or offer some sort of insight into the mindset of someone battling addiction. The lyrics in these songs can act as a cautionary tale for anyone who listens to them or provide inspiration for anyone who feels trapped in a negative situation.
Let’s take a look at some songs about drugs and pills!
1. “Molly Hearts” by Trippie Redd
Ranking first on our songs about pills is Molly Hearts by Trippie Redd. Midwestern rappers like Trippie Redd appear to be among the most frequent users of MDMA, sometimes known as ecstasy or Molly in hip-hop circles. The protagonist of the song seems to be both the intoxicant and a potential love relationship of the singer.
Or, given he says “she won’t pop a molly” in the first stanza, he might be referring to two separate women in the first and second lyrics. By the time the second begins, though, the woman to whom Trippie refers is “putting her own molly in her water.” It’s possible that the rapper has converted to the same person.
Honestly, there is a lot we don’t know about Molly. A medicine that, rumor has claimed, can induce excessive hydration in its consumers. Therefore, it’s understandable that some people favor taking it dissolved in water, hence the slang nickname “Molly water.”
That’s also what Trippie Redd says to start the second stanza. As a true baller, he prefers to take his medications dissolved in expensive Voss bottled water, but this method of administration seems to work just as well for him.
It’s worth noting that this is the very first song on the Trip at Knight playlist. As so, it achieves its goal of efficiently creating the tone that drug use is, in fact, a major subject throughout the album, but with this song likely receiving the most attention it actually receives.
2. “Until The Plug Comes Back Around” by Juice WRLD
Since it focuses on typical rap tropes like medications, “fighting demons,” bling, leanness, etc., Juice WRLD’s “Until The Plug Comes Back Around” is quite typical. However, you may have picked up on the fact that we made a veiled reference to both alcoholic beverages and hard drugs there. Therefore, if we had to extract a central theme from this article, it would be Juice’s increasing reliance on drugs.
His narcotics dealer is “the plug” of the song’s title and chorus. That person, he claims, is therefore crucial to his well-being. Because pills made from the plug aren’t only “handed around” among friends and family. More specifically, they are used by the singer himself to combat suicidal and “irrational” impulses.
3. “SugarCrash!” by ElyOtto
The singer’s addiction to illegal substances, and the fallout from that, is the song’s central focus. So, taking this into account, the “sugar” in the title would refer to the alcoholic beverages, and the “crash” would be the subsequent hangover.
In addition, the track’s sole verse suggests that ElyOtto enjoys cannabis more than any other intoxication. Medications, a term commonly used to refer to pharmaceuticals, are also mentioned by him.
He has two mental traits that, taken together, explain why he enjoys indulging in drug use. The first is that he appears to have a vivid, even hyperactive, imagination, as evidenced by his ‘giving in to the temptations of the modern world’ and ‘indulging in the comforts’ it provides. Second, he seems to be struggling with low self-esteem, which he is probably trying to hide. The singer “doesn’t want to hate (him)self” and instead “wants to feel happy,” he sings.
However, the tears often follow the laughter. For example, after he “crashes,” he finds out he has no money. He also realizes that “maybe (he) should take a bath,” implying that he has neglected his own personal hygiene. He is still not in the best place mentally, and that’s where it really matters. Another way of putting it is that he is still struggling with what could be considered minor depression.
At the song’s end, it becomes clear that ElyOtto is also aimless. But I don’t want you to get the impression that “SugarCrash!” is a depressing movie because of what I’ve said above.
Acoustically, it does have a positive and joyful tone. The singer then essentially revels in the idea that he is being lazy. Another way of saying this is that he is still young and therefore anticipates having many more adventures as he matures.
3. “Cigarettes” by Juice WRLD
The song “Cigarettes” is typical of Juice WRLD in that it focuses on narcotics, mental illness, and a tumultuous love life. This time around, though, cigarettes and nicotine are the drug of choice, at least in the song’s title and chorus. To add insult to injury, Juice admits that smoking can lead to cancer and cardiovascular problems, even though cigarettes are commonly viewed as a low-end intoxicant.
Later in the song, WRLD references alcoholism, a more typical choice for a musician. The singer’s relationship woes are the root cause of his binge drinking. The mental health problem he’s been experiencing is the “stress” here.
It may have been a stretch to call the relationship we’re discussing a troubled one. Or, we could say that “Cigarettes’ ‘ reads in parts like the unfinished work it was when Juice died.
This is because the lyrics are boring and the plot is disjointed. If you’re unfamiliar with the song, this lyric describes the singer’s lover as someone who “holds him down” whenever he’s feeling sad, which, given that this is Juice WRLD, is rather often. The chorus, however, is where the lack of coherence becomes apparent. It’s implied here that he has a problem with her specifically.
But taking the words as a whole, perhaps the singer is expressing that he hasn’t had enough time to devote to the woman he loves because of his own recurring despair.
4. “Dealer” by Lana Del Rey (ft. Miles Kane)
Last on our list of songs about pills is Dealer by Lana Del REy. It’s important to use your imagination when listening to Lana Del Rey’s music. It’s possible that some readers will agree with the points we’re about to make, while others will disagree. But first, let’s establish that Miles Kane is, in fact, the lead vocalist on this song, despite the fact that he is the featured artist.
Moreover, it appears that the “dealer” in question is a real one, such as a drug dealer or some plug who routinely provides him with a product or service.
In actual words, the “dealer” is merely one of several personas who all serve the same purpose, including the singer’s “father” and “doctor.”
People who, in a normal situation, would know the singer’s whereabouts or health are being kept apprised of the singer’s whereabouts and purpose. What he’s really telling anyone he’s talking to is that making contact with any of these people right now in an effort to reach him would be a vain gesture.
The singer, in this case Lana Del Rey, “plays the part of an addict” in the chorus. In her own mind, she is a destructive person. She’s telling whoever she’s singing to—we’ll assume it’s the eponymous “dealer”—that she’s done with drug dealing now that she’s handed the dealer “all her money.”
In light of Lana Del Rey and Miles Kane’s use of this motif in a previously released track together, we hypothesize that the singer is performing a role as a drug addict. It’s possible he doesn’t mean “reach” in the literal sense, but rather “get through” to him, when he says that no one can contact him.