Love Is a Drug
When Ian Dury
sang about Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
, he covered not only the Rock n Roll lifestyle but also the majority of musical lyrics. There are songs about sex
, songs about drugs
and songs about dancing to
and appreciating music itself
However, it seems Dury was getting into the Department of Redundancy Department
because so many songs treat sex or love as though it is a drug. Well after all there are only so many appropriate metaphors out there so the ones that work will turn up a lot.
Certain lines recur in these songs. The love gets the person high, it elates them, being away from it will make them crave it, they will be addicted to it, they feel like they are floating, they have a loss of appetite and so on. A bit of Truth in Television
, as the early stages of romantic infatuation will
mess with the brain's dopamine levels in much the same ways opiates will.
Sometimes these songs can throw the interpretations into a tailspin with people thinking that songs that are actually about drugs are this and vice versa.
- "Addicted To Love" by Robert Palmer is laden with this trope from top to bottom.
- "Kiss From A Rose" by Seal uses it straightforwardly in several places with lines like "Love remained a drug that's the high not the pill" and "you're like a growing addiction" as well as the uncertain interpretations of his eyes getting large and what a kiss from a rose actually is.
- "Your Love Is My Drug" by Kesha.
- The similarly named "Your Love's A Drug" by Leighton Meester:
I like it, I want it, the way you make my body move
I think I'm addicted, I'm high off everything you do
I need it, that feeling, rushing through my veins again
Whenever you're leaving I feel withdrawal kicking in
- "I Want A New Drug" by Huey Lewis and the News implies that no drug compares to the feeling of being 'alone with you'.
- Roxy Music has "Love Is the Drug", later covered by Divinyls for the Super Mario Bros. soundtrack.
- "Bad Medicine" by Bon Jovi.
- "You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me" from 42nd Street makes this Older Than They Think.
- "Love Is Like Oxygen" by Sweet:
''Love is like oxygen.
You get too much, you get too high;
Not enough and you're gonna die.
Love gets you high!
- P!nk's song "Just Like A Pill" compares the singer's interest to an addictive drug in pill form, who, instead of making her happy, is bringing her down.
- Britney Spears' "Toxic" is clearly about drugs in reverence to love/lust/infatuation et cetera.
- This appears to be what "The Perfect Drug" by Nine Inch Nails is about. That, or actual drugs.
- "Love is a Stranger" by the Eurythmics includes the lyric "love is a dangerous drug".
- Queens of the Stone Age have a song like this, titled "Like a drug", natch.
- "Hooked on a Feeling," best known in the version by Blue Swede.
- "Intoxication" by Disturbed.
"A dialogue between that which intoxicates, and its victim. A person, substance or lifestyle."
- "Serpentine" has hints of this as well.
- Mary Elizabeth McGlynn's "You're Not Here" (from Silent Hill 3) has a bit of this:
So now what can I do?
I'm strung out, addicted to you
My body aches now that you're gone
My supply fell through...
- Puffy AmiYumi had Your Love Is a Drug in 2002.
- "Love Is a Drug" by country music band Jypsi.
- "Just Can't Get Enough" by Black Eyed Peas.
- In Brave New World, Lenina sings a song with these lyrics:
"Hug me till you drug me, honey;
Kiss me till I'm in a coma:
Hug me, honey, snuggly bunny;
Love's as good as soma
- "You and Tequila" by Kenny Chesney compares the temptation of a lover to the temptation one faces when trying to overcome drinking.
- Also by Kenny Chesney: "Being Drunk's a Lot Like Loving You"
- I Can't Stay Away by The Veronicas
- "The Drug In Me Is You" by Falling in Reverse
- "Hard Habit to Break" by Chicago takes the metaphor a little further, showing that the singer compares his post-breakup situation to the pangs of withdrawal.
- "A Little Love" by Vanessa Amorosi compares Love to cigarettes.
- Lithium by Evanescence is a double up, A guy who she loves is her drug and she needs him to function, but also she addicted to the pain she feels and on purpose puts herself down because THAT is also a drug, which directly relates to their relationship which is based upon sadness.
Lithium, I wanna stay in love with my sorrow
Darling I forgive you after all, anything better then to be alone
- Placebo's "Special K" and "My Sweet Prince"
- Bad Manners' "Special Brew"
- Dick Holler & the Holidays' "Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)" takes the idea of being "love drunk" literally. The more well-known version by The Swingin' Medallions takes it further by having all eight members sing at once and adding various unintelligible hoots and hollers, making it sound like more of a rowdy Drunken Song.
- "Girlshapedlovedrug" by Gomez.
- "High On You" by Survivor.
- "I'm Your Favorite Drug" by Porcelain and the Tramps.
- "I Get A Kick Out Of You" by Cole Porter compares the sensations of love to champagne and cocaine.
- "Sober" by Little Big Town compares love to alcohol, with the narrator saying that she is drunk on his love and doesn't want to die sober.
- "Medicate" by AFI, more or less.
- "Clean" by Taylor Swift is an inversion, comparing the protagonist's getting over a relationship (or relationships in general for the time being) to coming out of rehab.
- In a variant of this, "Smoke" by A Thousand Horses compares a lover to smoking cigarettes, saying that she's a "habit that [he] can't let go".
- Panic! at the Disco's "Nicotine". Also referenced in several other songs of theirs.
- EXO's "Overdose", equating love to overdosing.
- Zac Brown Band's "Beautiful Drug":
Such a beautiful drug, I can't get enough
Got a habit and I'm dying for a hit of your love...
- Love is like Drugs by Schmoyoho ft. Jontron is this trope mixed with Dissimile.
Being in love is like being on drugs, without the potential brain damage
- Camila Cabello's Never Be The Same features lines like "got your chemicals all in my veins" and "just like nicotine, heroine, morphine," and "just one hit of you and now I'll never be the same."