Phish - Marijuana Chords

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Well, once upon a time in Seventeen Seventy-Six

Thomas Jefferson signed his name on a piece of marijuana

And this document was a symbol of freedom

And of liberty, at least for the rich white gentry

And time marched along, this plant that I referred to

Has been used for everything from medicine to the American flag

And now it seems to me that somewhere along the way

Things got messed up, yeah, messed up

For marijuana

A gift of God to my brothers and me

Oh, marijuana

The government wants to test me when I pee

Well, some say a conspiracy, the petrol, chemical and pulp paper

Industries combined to kill the competition

Government hysteria, monopoly

And conflict of interest with total impunity, yeah

So if you don't buy the conspiracy, just look at the reality

That your tax dollars go to spray poison

on the fields of a farmer in South America

And as an added bonus, your neighbour might be the proud recipient

Of that poison weed

Oh, marijuana

The government wants to test me when I pee

Oh, marijuana

A gift of God to my brothers and me

Oh, marijuana

You can't legislate your own morality

Oh, marijuana

The government wants to test me when I pee

Free from madness, chronic sadness

What is the half-life of bad propaganda

The policies fail, denied bail

You made him a demon, now pay for his trip to prison

Hard to promote the status quo

But what is the shelf life of bad legislation

The hypocrite smirks, it's a moral disgrace

As he reads from the law that was written

About the same time

that he had his last original thoughts

Men said he was dying and the nausea and the pain

Left him wasting away and unable to keep a meal down

So he tried everything prescription could obtain

But to no avail, the side effects were worse than the pain

So now he breaks the law to use the one thing that seems

To help him out, but the people say, oh he's just gettin' high

But not to change the subject, but didn't you ever wonder why

Gettin' high's a crime, yeah, a crime

For marijuana

A gift of God to my brothers and me

Oh, marijuana

The government wants to test me when I pee

Oh, marijuana

The government wants to test me when I pee

Oh, marijuana

The government wants to test me when I pee