What do you when you are HIGH? OK, so you don’t remember? Provided you have reached this page and are also in a state to READ – ‘Welcome’. This is a compilation of songs you ought to listen to if you are ‘one with the cosmos’ or in other words ‘trippin balls’. These are the songs to listen to when you are HIGH. No, they are not that bad to listen to only when you are not in your senses but can actually be enjoyed anytime. However, in case you want some honey drops in your ears when you are ‘somewhere else’ then these are the ones. Sit back and enjoy.
10. Its allright ma – Bob Dylan:
I was a little skeptic to include this one on the list but at the end of it I just couldn’t help it. If lyrical beauty, imagery painted and message conveyed are of value to you then Its allright ma is pure gold. Bob Dylan, the Genius, at his very best.
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9. Ganja Babe – Michael Franti:
Michael Franti is known for blending hip hop with various other styles but there’s only one word that describes Ganja Babe: Bliss. It starts with a smooth acoustic melody and an echoing whistle far away that sends you drifting with the clouds followed by a chilled out vocal melody that is perfect for a ‘smooth ride’.
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8. No woman, No cry – Bob Marley:
Innumerable posters of him hanging in college dorm rooms holding a blunt are there for a reason. The reason being Bob Marley is hailed as the ultimate free spirited man. No one else has composed songs like Bob Marley in which you can just immerse yourself and let yourself actually feel free. No woman, No cry is therefore one of the greatest songs to listen to when you are HIGH.
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7. Paranoid Android – Radiohead:
Some people claim that Radiohead are the torch bearers after Pink Floyd. While there can be a debate on that, there’s no ambiguity regarding the fact that Paranoid Android is bound to rekindle your burned out wicks. Brilliant vocal melody sung in the eerie voice of Thom Yorke along with a genius build up gets you dizzy and then plants you on your feet free to roam. Happy exploring.
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6. When the music’s over – The Doors:
Overdriven guitar with a fine interplay between Kreiger (on guitar) and Manzarek (on the keyboard) is bound to take you over the top. Not to forget Morrison’s vocals open up your doors of perception further. So ‘When the music’s over’ just turn off the lights.
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5. Voodoo Child – Jimi Hendrix:
Jimi Hendrix needs no introduction and so does this song. Voodoo Child is one of the best songs by one of the best guitarists ever to have blessed us with his presence and work. Gritty sounding guitar with a melodic riff and spaced out lyrics turn into a perfect blend that’s a treat for those who are able to hear ‘properly’. Certainly, Voodoo Child is one of the best songs to listen to when you are HIGH.
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4. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd:
It’s hard to coin a term for the sound of Pink Floyd, and we shall capitulate and not even try. Nothing needs to be said about Comfortably Numb if you have heard it already and if not, it’s about time. Hauntingly beautiful lyrics along with a guitar solo that leaves one emotionally wrenched. Comfortably Numb indeed.
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3. Whole Lotta Love – Led Zepplin:
There comes a time in every trip when people start feeling that the best lies behind them. Led Zepplin’s Whole Lotta Love is a perfect cure to that feeling with Page’s thundering riff coupled with Plant’s electrifying vocals and an excellent transition in between. Caution: Keep out of reach of children.
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2. Heroin – The velvet Underground:
‘I don’t know, just where I am going!’ is the opening line of the song and you don’t need to agree very much with the title of the song to ‘appreciate’ it. The tastefully varying tempo of Heroin coupled with the constant drone and the screeching guitar in the background is bound to account for some ‘lost time’.
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1. Echoes – Pink Floyd:
Play Echoes and forget everything else for the next 23.31 minutes because that is how long this trip will last (by the clock). This masterpiece from Pink Floyd is from the album titled Meddle that takes off in a gradual manner but has enough propulsion to take you to the moon and back while showing you some sights along the way. Deservingly on top of the songs to listen to when you are HIGH.
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