Massive Attack founder member Robert "3D" del Naja told The Independent newspaper: "That opening line 'I want to be clean, but I gotta get high' is a general observation really. For myself and other people I know, we look for these moments of absolute lucidity and sobriety and then you find you need to completely get off your tits to make any sense of that. And it's a battle, you know." (Source Rush Minute Songfacts).
I wanna be clean but I gotta get high
It's good to be here so hard to come by
You bring pain cause you got game
And needles and pins a man can't take