Beetlebum (5:03)

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“Beetlebum” is a song by English band Blur. It was released as the lead single for the band’s eponymous fifth album, Blur. The single became Blur’s second to reach the number one spot in the UK Singles Chart (after Country House). It is believed that the song is about heroin and the drug experiences that Damon Albarn had with his then girlfriend, Justine Frischmann of Elastica. The song’s title is a reference to the phrase “Chasing the beetle” (Chasing the dragon) which refers to inhaling the smoke from heated heroin, morphine, or opium that has been placed on a piece of tin-foil. Albarn has stated in an interview with MTV that the song describes a complicated emotion, sort of ‘sleepy’ and sort of ‘sexy’.


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Beetlebum, what you've done, she's a gun
Now what you've done, beetlebum
Get nothing done, you beetlebum
Just get numb, now what you've done, beetlebum

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