Alas, although Weinrich has had extended periods of sobriety from drugs and alcohol over the years, he is, apparently, on the losing end of the battle these days.
Amy Winehouse, “Rehab”Not every song about rehab and recovery is in support of it.
Kiedis, meanwhile, bounced in and out of treatment facilities for years before reportedly kicking his heroin addiction for good in December 2000., is about the fateful night when their excess went too far.
Lead singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Allen Collins wrote the tune about the evening when Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington drunkenly crashed his car into a tree and then a house, garnering injuries so severe that the band had to postpone their 1977 tour.
Though the rest of the band has continued to tour with new members in the decades since then, Rossington remains plagued by issues with alcohol.
Billy Joel, “Captain Jack”While the lyrics from this song off of Joel’s 1973 album appear, at first glance, to be pro drugs (“Captain Jack will get you by tonight, just a little push and you’ll be smiling”), Joel has gone to great lengths to insist that it’s actually an anti-drug medley meant to inspire recovery and show how unglamorous drug use really is.
And no song epitomizes that more than “One Day At a Time,” the pop-rock ditty from the Eagles’ 2005 live DVD .
Lyrics like “I finally got around to admit that I was the problem, when I used to put the blame on everyone’s shoulders but mine” sound like they might have even been cribbed from a recent AA meeting.
The tune’s gist: Walsh admits his powerlessness (“I got down on my knees and said hey, I just can’t go on living this way”), declares that he’s gotten help from a Higher Power and now plans to learn how to live one day at a time.
Art, of course, imitated life: Walsh allegedly kicked his own drug and alcohol habit after visiting Australia and New Zealand in 1994 and has supposedly not only been clean and sober ever since but has also offered to help Australian Premier of Victoria John Brumby tackle the country’s drug problems.
"It was such a beautiful experience to write such a strong female empowerment song with two men," she said, "because it reinforces how supportive men can be of women sounds more like music she actually listens to than much of the music she's made in the past and that she gained more confidence in her last tour.
"I have always been a feminist, but for much of my life I felt like a little girl trying to figure things out," she wrote.
The Eagles, “One Day At a Time”Eagles lead singer Joe Walsh indulged in plenty of the rocker excess and drug use synonymous with the 1970s music scene when his band first got big (“Life in the Fast Lane,” anyone?