reference, in the PSA, to “that old Annie” was to the
much-heralded, much-mourned Annie in Canned Heat’s now classic-rock
radio standard, “Amphetamine Annie.”
the first verse:
I want to
tell you all a story
About this chick I know.
They call her Amphetamine Annie.
She’s always shovelin’ snow.
turn out pretty or well for Annie in the song–or for thousands
of other Annies in similar circumstances.
from a later verse:
kept on speeding.
Her health was gettin’ poor.
Saw things at the window.
She heard things at the door.
Her mind was
like a grinding mill.
Her lips were cracked and sore.
Her skin was turnin’ yellow.
I just couldn’t take it no more.
Canned Heat drew and urged on their millions of listeners:
may think it’s flyin’, baby,
On those little pills.
But you oughta know it’s goin’ down fast
Cause speed kills!
Wanna hear a little taste
Annie“–and other tracks from the album First
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