Eric Clapton Has New Understanding of 'Cocaine'

Published: 2006-10-04
The J.J. Cale tune made popular by Eric Clapton called "Cocaine" wasn't played by Clapton until recently. For those who don't know, Clapton is a recovering drug addict and alcoholic, and stopped performing "Cocaine" when he had enough and wanted to turn his life around. He even founded the Crossroads Centre, an addiction recovery centre on the island of Antigua. Clapton tells the Associate Press, "I thought that it might be giving the wrong message to people who were in the same boat as meÖBut further investigation proved...the song, if anything, if it's not even ambivalent, it's an anti-drug song. And so I thought that might be a better way to do it, to approach it from a more positive point of view. And carry on performing it as not a pro-drug song, but just as a reality check about what it does."

The opening verse says, `If you wanna get down, down on the ground, cocaine'. Clapton says he wants to make the reality of the drug clear, that there is a price to be paid. He is currently on his North American tour and has already made stops in Ottawa and Toronto during September.

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Writer: Soul Shine Staff



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