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WAR ON DRUGS - Barenaked Ladies

Album: Everything to Everyone

Transcribed by Colin Principe


A fabulous song that has quickly become one of my all-time favorites.

The viaduct referred to in the song is the Bloor Street Viaduct in Toronto.


I like to play this with a capo on the 3rd fret. All chords are relative to that.




G C x3




She likes to sleep with the radio on


So she can dream of her favorite song

Em C D

The one that no one has ever sung since she was small


She'll never know that she made it up

She had a soul and we ate it up

Thrown away like a paper cup

The music falls


The only flaw in her detailed plan

Is where she wins back the love of her man

Everyone knows that he's never coming back


He took her heart and she took his name

He couldn't stand taking all the blame

He left her only with guilt and shame and then she cracked




Em C D

Won't it be dull when we rid ourselves

G Em

Of all these demons haunting us


To keep us company?


In the dream I refuse to have

She falls asleep in a lukewarm bath

We're left to deal with the aftermath again


On behalf of humanity

I will fight for your sanity

How profound such profanity can be


Em C D

Won't it be dull when we rid ourselves

G Em

Of all these demons haunting us


To keep us company?

Em C D

Won't it be odd to be happy like we

G Em

Always thought we're supposed to feel


But never seem to be?


(For the third verse, you can either play as the first two verses or do the following)


Near where I live there's a viaduct


Where people jump when they're out of luck

Em D

Raining down on the cars and trucks below


They've put a net there to catch their fall

Like it'll stop anyone at all

What they don't know is when nature calls, you go


They say that Jesus and mental health

Are just for those who can help themselves

But what good is that when you live in hell on earth?


From the very fear that makes you want to die

Is just the same as what keeps you alive

It's way more trouble than some suicide is worth


Won't it be dull when we rid ourselves

Of all these demons haunting us

To keep us company


Won't it be odd to be happy like we

Always thought we're supposed to feel

But never seem to be


Hard to admit I fought the war on drugs

My hands were tied and the phone was bugged

Another died and the world just shrugged it off


- Thanks very much, feel free to send along any comments, corrections!

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