Get Stoned On My Hash

‘Why D’Ya Do It’ came out on Marianne Faithfull’s 1979 Broken English album and it has been described as one of the most honest “love” songs ever written or recorded, an unrelenting, and utterly unself-conscious tirade of abuse, betrayal and anger that was aimed at the very soul of an unfaithful lover.  After a 12-year absence from the music industry, Marianne Faithfull re-invented herself with her seventh studio album Broken English.  The album marked a major comeback for Faithfull after years of drug abuse, homelessness, suffering from anorexia and losing custody of her son.  It is often regarded as her “definitive recording” and Faithfull herself described it as her “masterpiece”.  This song was written by the English poet, actor, political activist, dramatist, playwright and screenwriter Heathcote Williams, British guitar player, songwriter, composer and producer Barry Reynolds, composer, songwriter, guitar, lyricist, writer Joe Mavety, British bassist and composer Steve York, English drummer Terry Stannard and Marianne Faithfull.

This is a rather vulgar song about a woman who was treated with disdain by her former lover and it shows that “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”, a proverb which was adapted from a line in the play The Mourning Bride, by William Congreve.  She feels betrayed by her boyfriend, and she is seething with jealousy and rage, as Faithfull pours all of her painful feelings into this song, not hiding any of her emotions being brutally blunt.  This song is filled with NSFW explicit lines about twisted balls, sucking a cock, spitting on her snatch and a dick and cunt also thrown into the mix.  It is a little hard to handle, but it shows that even though Marianne Faithfull went through a very dark period in her life suffering from heroin addiction and living on the streets of London, she survived, however I feel that this song could have conveyed her angst without being full of nasty words.  I am not a prude and I don’t find this language offensive, but the unnecessary use of vulgarity in this song, kind of ruins it for me.

Marianne said that the infamous drug bust of the Rolling Stones where she was described as the girl wearing nothing but a fur rug which she deliberately “let fall” from time to time, ravaged her personal life destroying her, making her into a slut and a bad mother.  Marianne had failed marriages, and she suffered a long hard fall from grace, she was in a coma for six days, so her life was not easy.  Some people think about her as a one hit wonder because they only seem to remember her debut hit, ‘As Tears Goes By’, but that wasn’t even her biggest hit.

The years of abuse and severe laryngitis took its toll on her voice, it became rough and cracked and, to this day, is a permanently smoky rasp, a far cry from the soprano which saw her first enter the chart at the age of 17.  ‘Why D’ya Do It’ is an X-rated rant, but she sings this with a great delivery that makes it a very enjoyable song.  It was banned in most places and was never likely to be heard unless you owned a copy.  Heathcote Williams originally intended this song to be for Tina Turner, but even if Tina had heard it, it’s unlikely she would have recorded it.  Marianne sings with rage, pouring every raw emotion into the recording so much so that you could almost feel her pain and anger.  No song delivers the message of a bad breakup so emphatically.  She was unexpectedly nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for the album in 1981.

When I stole a twig from our little nest
And gave it to a bird with nothing in her beak
I had my balls and my brains put into a vise
And twisted around for a whole fucking week
Why’d ya do it, she said, why’d you let that trash
Get a hold of your cock, get stoned on my hash?

Why’d ya do it, she said, why’d you let her suck your cock?
Oh, do me a favor, don’t put me in the dark
Why’d ya do it, she said, they’re mine, all your jewels
You just tied me to the mast of the ship of fools

Why’d ya do it, she said, when you know it makes me sore
‘Cause she had cobwebs up her fanny and I believe in giving to the poor
Why’d ya do it, she said, why’d you spit on my snatch?
Are we out of love now, is this just a bad patch?

Why’d ya do it, she said, why’d you do what you did?
You drove my ego to a really bad skid

Why’d you do it, she said, ain’t nothing to laugh
You just tore all our kisses right in half

Why’d ya do it, she screamed, after all we’ve said
Every time I see your dick I see her cunt in my bed

Why’d ya do it, she said, why’d ya do what you did?
Why’d ya do it, she said, why’d ya do what you did?
Betray my little oyster for such a low bitch

The whole room was swirling
Her lips were still curling

Why’d ya do it, she said, why’d you do what you did?
Why’d ya do it, she said, why’d you do what you did?
Why’d ya do it, she said, why’d you do what you did?
Why’d ya do it, she said, why’d you do it, she said
Why’d you do what you did?

Big, gray mother, I love you forever
With your barbed-wire pussy and your good and bad weather
(Why’d ya do it, she said, why’d you do what you did?)
(Why’d ya do it, she said, why’d you do what you did?)
(Why’d ya do it, she said, why’d you do what you did?)
(Why’d ya do it, she said, why’d you do what you did?)
(Why’d ya do it, she said, why’d you do what you did?)
(Why’d ya do it, she said, why’d you do what you did?)
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(Why’d ya do it, she said, why’d you do what you did?)
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(Why’d ya do it, she said, why’d you do what you did?)
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(Why’d ya do it, she said, why’d you do what you did?)
(Why’d ya do it, she said, why’d you do what you did?)
(Why’d ya do it, she said, why’d you do what you did?)

Written for Thursday Inspiration #107 Runaway where the prompt is why.

8 thoughts on “Get Stoned On My Hash

  1. You’re right, Jim. I had never heard this song before. Nor did I know all that much about Marianne Faithfull, aside from what I’d learned from “Wild Horses.” Interesting post. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I didn’t know about this song till I started looking for a song that would satisfy the prompt of why and even though it is vulgar, I liked the music. She got famous because the Stones wrote that hit song for her, but the lifestyle hurt her career. Heroin never made anyone a better performer.

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      1. Oh yea…that album sort of reintroduced her to the world again…I think it got her on SNL if I’m not mistaken.

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