We Are All on Drugs

Album: Make Believe (2005)
Charted: 47


  • According to frontman Rivers Cuomo, this song is about over-stimulation, which could come in the form of drugs, but doesn't have to. The song was written before the iPhone age, but the internet was very popular and there was a feeling that the pace of life had sped up considerably, especially at work. Cuomo observed that this manic stimulation that came from everyday life was not dissimilar to the effect of drugs.
  • Cuomo: "I was living in an apartment above the Sunset Strip, and every Friday and Saturday night I'd hear people cruising and partying, and hooting and hollering. And I went to sleep one night and I heard those sounds all through the night, in my dreams. I had this dream about a kid on the Metro bus, blasting hip-hop into his brain through his headphones. And the music sounded so decadent and over stimulating, and I woke up in the midst of that dream, in a haze, and immediately said to myself, 'Man, we're all on drugs!' And I instantly knew that would be a cool song." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • MTV played an edited version called "We Are All In Love." In 2001, MTV asked Weezer to re-record their song "Hash Pipe" as "Half Pipe," but the band refused (MTV played it, but obscured the title). This time, the band gave MTV the edit, which may serve to make a point about the absurdity of their broadcast standards.
  • There are two videos for this song. The first one was a re-edit of Grim Reaper's "Fear No Evil" video from 1985. This was sent to international markets before the band had a chance to film a video. The version with Rivers Cuomo wandering around the strange town is the final version, but they are both "official."
  • Guitarist Brian Bell said on the band's official website: "I think it's a great song because it's not saying anything positive or negative about drugs. It's one of those ambivalent songs." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France

Comments: 13

  • Brian from Vancouver, Canadalol. I wouldnt being doing a drug song if i was weezer
  • Jeff from Austin, TxI agree with Jason. I'm a huge Weezer fan, and this song is just not that good.
  • Joe from Vegas, NvThere are actually two versions of the song, one with the lines "I want to confiscate your drugs/ I just can't get enough" which is from the initial pressing of the album, this is called the "wrong" version by Weezer. The second version has the line changed to "I want to reach a higher plane/ where things will never be the same"
  • Andy from Custer, SdThis potentially interesting song is marred by poor pronunciation of the English language. It's like the singer can't even say the word drugs correctly. He lisps the R so that the word sounds more like chugs than drugs. It's like those annoying kids in the Welch's grape juice commercials that can't even speak correctly. Sorry, can't get past it. That ruins it for me. Can't even listen to the words, too busy trying to figure out why this guy can't pronounce a simple 25 cent word.
  • Leah from Humboldt, Iai really like this song. it is cute. and i find it very funny that in the "we are all in love" video, all the people are mouthing "we are all on drugs" because they didn't record it again, they just put we are all in love over we are all on drugs. i like the message that we are all on our own kind of drug, and the whole world is crazy.
  • Joe from Roseville, CaI think that when Rivers is saying, "we are all on drugs," he's basically saying that everyone has their drug, whether it be some illicit substance, material possessions (a new Mercedes-Benz), or something else (putting on your headphones and escaping to your own little world). If you notice, he uses a lot of vague references (there's nothing about any specific drug), with phrases like, "give me some of that stuff"), then caps it off with "I want to confisicate your drugs/I don't think I can get enough," which alludes to greed and how you always end up wanting more. I think it makes a lot more sense when you consider the kind of person Rivers is, sorting of mocking and unaccepting of social norms (he's been celebate for some time, I've heard).
  • Jeevan from Brampton, CanadaWeezer is so funny! I like this song because it is funny and has a good tune.
  • Chris from Scranton, PaCuomo is simply trying to say that life is intense. He in no way thinks everyone is on drugs in the literal sense.
    I do have to disagree with the below statement. It's not even close to one of Weezers's worst songs. The build-up in the beginning is truly brilliant, and it has a catchy tune and decent lyrics. Although it is slightly repetitive, it's repetitiveness is dwarfed by "Beverly Hills."
  • Marshall from Sacramento, CaThis song is wretched. I'm a major Weezer fan, and this is easily their worst. It's so awful the way it pounds into your head, and the lyrics are below simple. Wow, somehow we hadn't figured out that drugs are really bad! Rivers has lost his edge.
  • Jaron Swartz from Mt. Laurel, NjThis is the most ridiculous song ever. wtf weezer is capable of so much better. i hate make beleive and every song on it
  • Chad from Andover, MnAt least there is Fuse, who plays the video unedited, as "We Are All On Drugs".
  • Jordyn from West Richland, WaI went to a Foo Fighters/Weezer concert and i didnt even like Weezer, but when i saw them live, they were sooo good, and like this song was so fun live. When i got back and saw the new version on MTV i almost shot someone, it was so lame, it made no sense the new way. MTV sucks.
  • Mike from Chicago, IlMTV IS BOGUS
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