The Pusher (5:49)

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About a drug dealer. It is one of the first songs to deal with harsh realities of drug use, and condemns “the pusher” as a heartless criminal who is only after your money.

Written by Hoyt Axton after one of his friends died of a drug overdose. Axton has written songs for many artists, including Elvis Presley, The Byrds, and Three Dog Night.

This was popularized by a Canadian group called The Sparrows, who played it as a long jam during their concerts. Steppenwolf recorded a much shorter, more radio-friendly version.

Along with Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild,” this was featured in the 1969 movie Easy Rider, starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper. The film is considered a landmark of ’60s counterculture, and using this song in the movie was important because it portrayed the downside of doing drugs.

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You know I smoked a lot of grass
Oh Lord I popped a lot of pills
But I never touched nothin'
That my spirit could kill

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  • schnork

    wow. WOW. makes me nostalgic for my parents' time, a time I never lived...

    11 Aug 2014 Reply
  • sls

    I said, God damn the pusher-man!

    28 Jul 2014 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

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    6 May 2014 Reply
  • waltmartin

    A mighty fine classic ! ! ! (which I seem to always equate w/ a car full of friends watching "Easy Rider" , and the classic flick "Joe" , in the drive-in . Somehow I've severed the medical connection of seeing all of those dying from ODs while in fulminant pulmonary edema . I'm thankful for the fine memories , and for the ego defense mechanism of "Suppression" as well .)

    15 Jan 2014 Reply
  • TWHsr

    Real good.

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • tomrud73

    bad, BAD HAIR. really BAD.

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • germannerorden


    9 Nov 2013 Reply


    29 Oct 2013 Reply
  • tuomaskoi

    god damn

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
  • lammasabacthani

    my parents knew i was goin to hell when they heard this...i lmao

    3 Oct 2013 Reply
  • TWHsr


    7 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Sulisk

    Mega - Easy Rider

    30 Jun 2013 Reply
  • rickenbackeriff

    doctor spliff

    15 Jun 2013 Reply
  • TWHsr

    Real good song.

    4 Jun 2013 Reply
  • takenasusual

    always you or me

    31 May 2013 Reply
  • srdjstuka

    Crom damn the pusherman!

    23 May 2013 Reply
  • oldiesfanjohn

    This song just screams late 60's. Time to get back to the "garden." If only... ~sighs~ Wayback Machine,please !!!

    28 Apr 2013 Reply
  • robertwneal

    This song along with its context in Easy Rider did give one reason for concern to avoid getting 'smacked' up. It may not have been intended as a public service announcement, but it worked for me.

    2 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Anne5419

    right on, TWHsr

    13 Mar 2013 Reply
  • TWHsr

    It is such a good track..

    10 Mar 2013 Reply
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