Song Commentary

Cocaine

Written by
JJ Cale

Cover of Eric Clapton Cocaine

Written in 1976, and originally performed by JJ Cale, this track became famous when it was covered by Eric Clapton in 1977 on the album “Slowhand” … with the live version on “Just One Night” (1980) being the definitive recording (in our humble opinion). Clapton describes the song as “ambiguous” in its message although he is firmly of the view that it is an anti-drug song: “If you study it or look at it with a little bit of thought … from a distance … or as it goes by … it just sounds like a song about cocaine. But actually, it is quite cleverly anti-cocaine”.

For us, it’s an iconic and instantly recognisable riff that gets the audience on its feet at gigs.

Conal

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