This is a song that could be interpreted different ways. Donovan was playing at a nightclub in Los Angeles called "The Trip," but at the same time was tripping out on LSD shortly before he returned to London where he became the first British musician busted for drugs.
Mentioned in the lyrics: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Julian, the adopted son of Brian Jones and Linda Lawrence, whom Donovan just split up with.
Suggestion credit: Sara - Silver Spring, MD, for above 2
Ronnie Van Zant wrote the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic "Gimme Three Steps" after making the mistake of dancing with a girl whose boyfriend was in the bar and probably had a gun. He asked for a 3-step head start.
"Cigarettes And Chocolate Milk" describes a time in Rufus Wainwright's life when he found himself hungover and pounding chocolate milk to feel better. It didn't work, so he smoked a cigarette, which is when he realized his addictive personality could be a problem.