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Bert Jansch

Needle of Death (3:20)

According to the Needle of Death Songfacts, This tune has been claimed to have influenced the drug-taking habits of a generation of British youth even though Jansch never touched them himself. He told the story behind the song to Uncut magazine January 2010: "It's inspired by a friend called Buck Polly, a folk singer and one of the people I met when I first came to London. Buck used to drive (folk singer) Alex…

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When sadness fills your heart
And sorrow hides the longing to be free
When things go wrong each day
You fix your mind to 'scape your misery

Bert Jansch - Needle of Death Lyrics


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  • ♥ ♥ ♥
  • A good friend lost his sister to an overdose. She left two kids and was only 26. She looked real nice in that coffin... sigh. Heroin is terrible for you but does make some awesome song writing material.
  • Tagged incorrectly on Spotify, but oh well. I first heard this song close to eight years ago when I was graduating high school, and I still get chills listening to it.
  • Love the guitar!
  • Weird-- just to inform anyone who comes across this around the time of post, what's playing is "Veronica", not "Needle of Death".
  • beautiful
  • Super ...einfach schön ......... hören und nachdenken
  • A GREAT great guitarist
  • great guitarist - v influential
  • right Tron....reminds to neil youngs "on the beach" ...was it "ambulance blues"?

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