This song is about an alcoholic: "There's poison in my drinking glass, don't stop just sip it down." It's also about how his drinking affects his relationship with his girlfriend: "So in love with me like sand to wet feet." She doesn't stay with him no matter what. "The pawns will fade away, the king's at his checkmate" means that she most likely left him and he's done without her.
"Come Dancing" by The Kinks was inspired by the older sister of Ray Davies, who would make guys take her out dancing and spend their money on her, only to send them home frustrated with just a peck on the cheek.
The song "Sadeness" by Enigma (the one with the chanting monks), got its name from the French novelist Marquis de Sade, who believed sex had to be painful in order to be pleasurable - thus the word "sadism."
"Abracadabra" was inspired by Diana Ross and The Supremes. Steve Miller first met the girl group when they performed together on NBC's Hullabaloo in 1966, and he wrote the lyrics after spotting Diana Ross skiing in the mountains years later.