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Gorillaz - Sleeping Powder

Gorillaz - Sleeping Powder

Sleeping Powder was a previously unreleased track that was recorded during the production of Humanz. It was released on the official Gorillaz YouTube channel on June 8, 2017, with a live debut occurring on the same date. It was released for streaming on Spotify and iTunes on June 16, 2017 as a single for the band.[1] The song and video were finished only 3 days before release.

The video pictures 2-D appearing in front of surreal, somewhat psychedelic scenes while dancing. The video both starts and ends with 2-D sat at a harpsichord, playing the same melody each time.[2]

It was written and recorded by 2-D alone only a few days before its concert debut at Brixton in 2017. Damon Albarn confirmed that 2-D, rather than Damon, wrote the song because 2-D felt "underrepresented" on Humanz. This is speculated to be an excuse for the fans not liking the lack of Damon's own vocals on the album.[3]

Lyrics

Okay, Last time
This is drugs
This is your brain on drugs
Any questions?

[Chorus: 2-D]

I was gone with the self of the day, gone
with the self of the day, gone
With the self of the day, gone
Gone, gone, gone, gone
I was gone

[Verse 1: 2-D]

I was gone
I'm back, where are we goin'?
Seem to get tired of the mornin' dawn
With a bass sittin' on my head
I'm missin' all that I have to know, then
I get the kids to school, and I get
Up up on with certain dread
And when I see the kissing down below
Easy life when I get right

[Chorus: 2-D]

I was gone with the self of the day, gone
with the self of the day, gone
With the self of the day, gone
Gone, gone, gone, gone
I was gone

[Verse 2: 2-D]

I get dropped from where I belong
I take my pills and I get in the mood and I
Take five to get it to load in
Even in the place
And I cant get my jeans on right
And sit in the rows and
Inside I live in a cage and I
Peek out and summon the code and I
Enter the lake to face what i'm cagin'

[Chorus: 2-D]

I was gone with the self of the day, gone
with the self of the day, gone
With the self of the day, gone
Gone, gone, gone, gone
I was gone

[Bridge: 2-D]

She gave me sleeping powder
I was gone
Gone, gone , gone (AAAAAHHHHH)

[Chorus:2-D]

I was gone with the self of the day, gone
with the self of the day, gone
With the self of the day, gone
Gone, gone, gone, gone
I was gone


Trivia

'80s Anti-Drug Commercial - Your Brain On Drugs

'80s Anti-Drug Commercial - Your Brain On Drugs

"This Is Your Brain On Drugs..."

  • The footage used in the beginning of the video is from the 1980s anti-drug commercial entitled, Your Brain On Drugs, produced by the Drug Free America Foundation. The fifty second advertisement is one of the most famous anti-drug commercials in history.
  • Damon Albarn confirmed that 2-D in the music video is Damon himself wearing a motion capture suit.[4]
  • Trellick Tower, the birthplace of Gorillaz, is shown in the video.

References

  1. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/hear-gorillazs-new-psychedelic-disco-song-sleeping-powder-w486693
  2. https://pitchfork.com/news/74058-gorillaz-share-video-for-new-song-sleeping-powder-watch/
  3. http://www.musicfestivalnews.net/watch-gorillaz-demon-dayz-headline-set-full/
  4. https://vimeo.com/222655647