White Lines

Album: Greatest Mixes (1983)
Charted: 7 101
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  • Rock

    Ooh, white, white
    Ooh, white, white
    Ooh, white, white

    (Ooh white lines) vision dreams of passion
    (Blowin' through my mind) and all the while I think of you
    (High price) a very strange reaction
    (For us to unwind) the more I see, the more I do
    (Something like a phenomenon) baby
    (Tellin' your body to come along, but white lines blow away)

    Ticket to ride, white line highway
    Tell all your friends, that they can go my way
    Pay your toll, sell your soul
    Pound for pound costs more than gold
    The longer you stay, the more you pay
    My white line go a long way
    Either up your nose or through your vein
    With nothin' to gain except killin' your brain

    Freeze, rock, freeze, rock
    Freeze, rock, freeze, rock

    (Ahh) higher, baby
    (Ahh) get higher, baby
    (Ahh) get higher, baby
    And don't ever come down, freebase (rock)

    Diggedy-dang-di-dang, diggedy-dang-di-dang

    (Pipeline) pure as the driven snow
    (Connected to my mind) and now I'm havin' fun, baby
    (High price) it's getting kinda low
    ('Cause it makes you feel so nice) I need some one-on-one, baby
    (Don't let it blow your mind away) baby
    (And go into your little hideaway 'cause white lines blow away)

    A million magic crystals, painted pure and white
    A multi-million dollars almost overnight
    Twice as sweet as sugar, twice as bitter as salt
    And if you get hooked, baby, it's nobody else's fault, so don't do it

    Freeze, rock, freeze, rock
    Freeze, rock, freeze, rock

    (Ahh) higher, baby
    (Ahh) get higher, baby
    (Ahh) get higher, baby
    And don't ever come down, freebase (rock)

    (Don't you get too high) don't you get too high, baby
    (Turns you on) you really turn me on and on
    ('Cause you gotta come down) my temperature is risin'
    (When the thrill is gone) no, I don't want you to go

    A street kid gets arrested, gonna do some time
    He got out three years from now just to commit more crime
    A businessman is caught with twenty four kilos
    He's out on bail and out of jail
    And that's the way it goes, rock

    (Kane, sugar, kane)

    Athletes rejected, governors corrected
    Gangsters, thugs and smugglers are thoroughly respected
    The money gets divided
    The women get excited
    Now I'm broke and it's no joke
    It's hard as hell to fight it, don't buy it

    Freeze (ha-ha, ha, ha), rock, freeze, rock
    Freeze, rock, freeze, rock (rock)

    (Ahh) get higher, baby
    (Ahh) get higher, girl
    (Ahh) get higher, baby
    C'mon, rock

    (White Lines) vision dreams of passion
    (Blowin' through my mind) and all the while I think of you
    (High price) a very strange reaction
    (For us to unwind) the more I see, the more I do
    (Something like a phenomenon) baby
    (Tellin' your body to come along, but white lines blow away)

    Little Jack Horner sitting on the corner
    With no shoes and clothes
    This ain't funny, but he took his money
    And sniffed it up his nose

    Hey man, you want to cop some blow?
    Sure, what you got, dust, flakes or rocks?
    I got China White, Mother of Pearl, Ivory Flake, what you need?
    Well yeah, well let me check it out man
    Just let me get a freeze (don't)
    Go ahead man (do it), stuff I got should kill ya
    (Yeah man th-that's that's raw, whoa)

    Freeze (ha-ha, ha, ha), rock, freeze, rock
    Freeze (ha-ha, ha, ha), rock, freeze, rock (uh)
    Freeze, rock, freeze, rock
    Freeze, rock, freeze, rock Writer/s: Melvin Glover, Sylvia (usa) Robinson
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 21

  • George Pope from Vancouver Bcin the USA, state governors receive millions in prison upkeep monies from DC. Campaigning on a tough-on-crime platform is easy, & locking up blacks tends to please voters, & each convict equals cash in the state treasury(both federal monies & private), which the governor gets credit for raising -- of course, prison conditions do not reflect the amount of money allocated for upkeep & care, so that money goes into the g overnor's back pocket & those of his rich buddies who gave him the governorship. Being black & living as if all men in the USA are equal under the law, means a long & harsh prison sentence -- quite often terminated early by death (easy for the guards to manipulate convicts into killing any particular one)

    Excellent song; with a good beat & an important message to all, especially the unfairly targeted black youth in the inner cities.
  • Rory from Oceanside CaLove this track, love the energy and the message. The message always sounded to me like the older kids who warned us to not make the same mistakes they did.
  • Ballard Quass from Basye, VaSelling your soul? For using a plant medicine? Killin' your brain? That's a lie from the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Cocaine does not fry your brain. To the contrary, Freud used it to increase his focus -- and stopped using it -- without any drug-warrior bluster or fanfare -- when it no longer served his purposes. The lyrics always mindlessly conflate the effects of cocaine with the effects of crack and Fentanyl, as if there's no difference between any of them. All drug war propaganda.
  • Rick Mittelstaedt from Seattle, WaBest song of the eighties.
  • Katya Jones from NycActually Liquid Liquid and their indie label 99 Records successfully sued Sugar Hill for sampling "Cavern". But they couldn't collect court approved damages because Sugar Hill declared bankruptcy not long after the judgement.
  • Jinny from Brighton , United KingdomS Club 7 ripped this song off with their UK hit single 'S Club Party' which got to number 2 in 1999.
  • Esskayess from Dallas, TxI always thought this song sounded every bit as much "pro-coke" as "anti-coke." It makes using it sound exciting.
  • Willie from Scottsdale, AzThe common protocol when dancing to this song is to do the "robot" during the accordion bridges, stopping and freezing your position when Flash shouts "Freeze!" And then resuming when he shouts "Rock!" :-)
    So much for the power of socially-conscious music. When you think of hypocrites please remember those among your favorites.
  • Mike from Santa Barbara, CaThis is one timeless song, as relevent today as it was when it was released.
  • Seth from Freehold,The song's message is as relentlessly true as its hook and intensity. It's gospel truth no matter who you are. "Cus if you get hooked baby, it's nobody else's fault. So don't do it."
  • Neil from Toronto, OnWhy do I remember this song from the "Beat Street" movie soundtrack?
  • Pete from London, United KingdomDuring recording of the anti-cocaine single "White Lines (Don't Do It)," Flash and Mel had a falling out. Also, despite the group's success, Flash had not seen much in the way of profits, so he left Sugarhill Records and took Kid Creole and Rahiem with him to sign a deal with Elektra Records. The rest of the group stayed as Melle Mel and the Furious Five, and achieved nearly instant success with the single "White Lines." The popular anthem was ironic, as Flash himself had become a freebasing cocaine addict.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesGood song, I also liked Grandmaster Flash's other big UK hit "The Message"
  • Mike from Santa Barbara, CaThis song said something that needed to be said.
  • Joey from Corpus Christi, TxFirst-I love this song
    Second-I love when they are singing it on Shaun of the Dead (one of my favorite movies)
  • B-bucketz from Lanham, MdI first heard this song last weekend at my family reunion. At first, I didn't pay attention, and no one else did, but when I heard the sniffing sound and "FREEBASE!" I knew then! Hilarious! I caught the tune and realized that dude hit "White Girls" off the same joint....I give GMF an A+ for this song, considering the era in which it was made. Might have to use this tomorrow at the party!
  • Tom from Rochester, NyWhile a good song, it can't possibly compare to "White Girls" by Mighty Casey.
  • Daffy from London, EnglandThis is a tune that any self respecting music lover must own!
  • Alex from Albany, NyI believe this song is actually credited to "Grandmaster and Melle Mel," rather than "Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel".
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