For as long as humanity has existed, the bonds of friendship have been well acknowledged and respected. Despite their strength, a growing number of these bonds have either been strengthened, or more commonly weakened and shattered, by drugs. Whether it is one as controversial as marijuana, or something as harmful as LSD, dangerous addictions like these have always been known to destroy relationships with time. With so much trauma, music is a great tool to be used as a method of telling people's' stories of their friends and their addictions. These themes are found in the songs, “Lean On Me,”, “Chocolate,”, “Shine On, You Crazy Diamond,”, and, “Cold Turkey.”
The classic soul song, “Lean On Me,” by Bill Withers, which was released in 1972, emotionally conveys in just how strong a bond of friendship can be. As his first number one hit in America, Withers wrote it in easy-to-understand lyrics because, as a self-labeled, “Lyric Snob,” he believed in the power of simplicity and poetry with words. With these simple, yet powerful phrases, Withers sings the song as though he is in a meaningful, supportive conversation with a dear friend who is in troubled times. The first lines of the song being, “Sometimes in our lives, We all have pain, we all have sorrow. But if we are wise, We know that there's always tomorrow,” he continues to talk of how, no matter how bad life seems to become
for his friend, he will be there for him no matter what. In the well-known chorus, Wither’s tells his friend, “Lean on me when you're not strong, And I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on, For it won't be long, 'Til I'm gonna need somebody to lean on.” The last line further emphasizes the point by having the singer tell of his trust of his friend to be there for him when he needs it. And, while Wither's is there for his friends when they are in need; the next artist is more to be with them for the party, and what consequences can follow. The song, “Chocolate,” was released in 2013 by the British alternative rock band, The 1975. As opposed to the previous example, this song views friends, along with drugs, as a way to have fun. The setting of this song is of some friends who are smoking their, “Chocolate,” which is a euphemism for marijuana, and are being chased by the local police due to no bigger crimes occurring in the small town that the song takes place in. While there is no direct mention of friends in the song, the lines from the chorus, “We'll go where nobody knows, with guns hidden under our petticoats. No we're never gunna' quit it, no we're never gunna' quit it no,” and from later in the song, “Well I think we better go, seriously better go. Said it's better than hanging on. Seriously better go, oh oh, well I think we better go,” it is more than evident that the singer is with other people who are enjoying what they are doing as much as he is while having fun with him, or, in other words, friends. Despite this, and the song's...