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This song is officially credited to band members James Young and Dennis DeYoung, although Tommy Shaw has claimed that he helped write the song. Speaking with Allan Handelman on WZTK in North Carolina, Shaw explained that the song was about cocaine, but it's really an anti-cocaine song. Shaw says that he did the drug, since it was part of the scene at the time, but didn't like it, since it made him stupid and just gave him a desire to drink more and do more coke.
At a time when many Rock bands were being accused of concealing reversed Satanic messages in their music, it was widely alleged that "Satan move through our voices" could be heard when this song was played backwards; however, no one has ever identified the exact section of the song which supposedly contains the messages. Styx would go on to parody the anti-rock Christian fundamentalist movements on their next album, Kilroy Was Here, which told the story of a future ruled by the "Majority for Musical Morality." The kerfuffle over the backward message was great publicity for Styx, as lots of people bought the album so they could check it out. (thanks, Matt - Voorhees, NJ)
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