"I Believe in You" has been described as an "anti-heroin song."
When asked whether the lyrics are based on personal experience, Hollis replied,
"No, not at all. But, you know, I met people who got totally fucked up on it.
Within rock music there's so much fucking glorification of it, and it is a wicked, horrible thing."
Well, someone had to say it!.Since the silence over it was shameful and truth be told "Deadly".
If you were a teenager in the Eighties like myself, you are probably aware of the danger that was being waved under our eyes constantly.
Let´s not be shy about it, and let´s all say it out loud since I´m talking about:DRUGS. Drugs were everywhere, and it seemed as if in every street corner someone was dealing or using "THEM". Sounds like some sort of terrible exaggeration, I know !, but once again, if you were a teenager back in those days and listened to these very words, i´m sure that you would agree with me.
Heroin and other drugs weren´t just an European, American or Asian Problem. They were, and in fact are disseminated worldwide. There isn´t a single spot on earth were you can´t get them.
Truth be told, i am much more at ease speaking about such a terrible matter when i lean over the drug usage problem that affected, and still affects so many children (Because teenagers are nothing more than children) in my own country (PORTUGAL). And in some other (If not all) European countries. And this is due to the fact that drugs, especially hard drugs like heroin or Horse as it is called in slang, were a real problem that my generation encountered along the way.
Heroin was very prominent in the beginning of the 80´s in most European countries. There was a lot of talk about it, but truth be told no one really knew how to stop the problem. You see because back in those days there wasn´t a lot of information about it. Sure, you and I heard that drugs were bad. Bad ???.
Truth be told, Bad is just another word among words, and have little or no influence on a teenager who deals with so many internal issues and is still building some sort of character and personality that He or She can call "Myself". Bad, is something that you say to your dog after It pees on your favourite carpet, and the only way to make It really understand the word is to rub It´s snout on it. Perhaps, you are questioning why i bring such a terrible matter to the table ?. I´ll tell you why !,being a person that loves all sorts of Art but with a special fondness for music,no matter the style or if it´s very or little comercial, it saddens me deeply that most pop,rock,hip -hop and all sorts of musicians and singers still promote the use of drugs as something cool,harmless and fun. It started in the sixties and it never stopped till today.
These sort of characters aren´t artists. They are nothing but posers,Gangsters,drug dealers,drug users and chicken hawks that will look at nothing to make a quick buck to feed their habit."I don´t need to quote names. You know who you are !" They are as empty inside as their words, and produce effect only on the minds of those most susceptible on our societies (Our youngsters).
At least a very short few spoke out loud trough the via of song such as Mark Hollis from Talk Talk when he sang "I believe in you ".I love this song and have no problem on promoting a band that made "sense to me" when i was only a kid. Since most popular bands back in those days were in fact promoting the "stuff" (Heroin and all sorts of shit) instead of naming it for the "shit" that it is.
Few guys did this. Right now i can only recall Mark Hollis, and prior to that David Bowie when he worked on the music score of a German film called Christiane F.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christiane_F.
that spoke in a shocking but real way about the hell (and this is saying it lightly) that one goes trough as a drug addict.
And of course who can forget Rockin' in the Free World by Neil Young ?.
I feel sad because whenever i look back in those days i remember the countless faces of so many boys and girls (MY FRIENDS) that died due to this SHIT. AND FOR WHAT ? Because they were following a trend of some idiot musician that did drugs but looked cool in jeans.
For what ?, to make some low life drug dealer rich. Some punk that hangs around in a street corner near schools that makes a living selling poison to kids ?.
For what ?, to learn the real meaning of the word BAD after one reached a pit so deep that it´s almost impossible to ever see the surface again ?.
Let me ask you. Why don´t they make songs about this ?
I Believe In You - Talk Talk
Hear it in my spirit
I've seen heroin for myself
On the street so young laying wasted
Enough ain't it enough
I just can't bring myself to see it starting
Tell me how I fear it
I buy prejudice for my health
Is it worth so much when you taste it?
Enough there ain't enough hidden hurt
A time to sell yourself
A time for passing
P.S. I would really, i mean Really, like for you guys to share a comment about this, since most of us are Parents and want the best for our Kids.
Diego Carvalho also known as Bonequinho da Bic.