Steppenwolf - The Pusher - Live 1975

Steppenwolf - The Pusher - Live 1975




The song was made popular when rock band Steppenwolf released the song on their 1968 album Steppenwolf.


Written by Hoyt Axton, made popular by the 1969 movie Easy Rider which used Steppenwolf's version to accompany the opening scenes showing drug trafficking.


The lyrics of the song distinguish between a dealer in drugs such as marijuana—who "will sell you lots of sweet dreams"—and a pusher of hard drugs such as heroin—a "monster" who doesn't care "if you live or if you die".







Lyrics


You know I've smoked a lot of grass

O' Lord, I've popped a lot of pills

But I've never touched nothin'

That my spirit could kill

You know, I've seen a lot of people walkin' 'round

With tombstones in their eyes

But the pusher don't care

Ah, if you live or if you die


God damn, The Pusher

God damn, I say The Pusher

I said God damn, God damn The Pusher man


You know the dealer, the dealer is a man

With the love grass in his hand

Oh but the pusher is a monster

Good God, he's not a natural man

The dealer for a nickel

Lord, he'll sell you lots of sweet dreams

Ah, but the pusher ruin your body

Lord, he'll leave your, he'll leave your mind to scream


God damn, The Pusher

God damn, God damn the Pusher

I said God damn, God, God damn The Pusher man


Well, now if I were the president of this land

You know, I'd declare total war on The Pusher man

I'd cut him if he stands, and I'd shoot him if he'd run

Yes I'd kill him with my Bible and my razor and my gun


God damn The Pusher

God damn The Pusher

I said God damn, God damn The Pusher man



Songwriters: Hoyt Wayne Axton

The Pusher lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group







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