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IT’S HERE! Ever since I released Folk In Your Face, I’ve been wanting to make a video for “I’d Rather Be High (Than An Asshole)” and now here it finally is – directed by Jamie DeWolf, featuring some of my favorite Bay Area performers! I wrote this song because not only did marijuana help me quit smoking cigarettes after I got out of the military, it also helped me deal with PTSD and generally be less of an asshole. Video & track credits below. Get the song here!
Two years ago today, I was standing trial in Philadelphia, having being violently arrested and jailed by some adorable-looking park rangers near the Liberty Bell the summer before. I’d been waiting in the 90º shade to play my song “I’d Rather Be High (Than An Asshole)” at a marijuana legalization demonstration later in the afternoon. The rangers had aggressively taken me down after refusing to tell me the reason they were clearing the park, and I later found out it was because they were using that area to process the herb they’d seized from demonstrators. The deep irony of the arrest – that I’d been prevented from playing this song due to the rangers being assholes about a marijuana demonstration – inspired me to release this video today, on the second anniversary of my conviction. And hey, Californians will be voting tomorrow on cannabis legalization! WHAT A COINCIDENCE.
Jamie DeWolf and Gabriel Hurley
Angry Commuter Man
Police Brutality Victim
Carrie Jean Miller
Lyrics & Music by Emily Yates
Melody Walker & Erik Yates
I decided to enter NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest again this year with a new tune called “Drugs Are Bad” – let’s call it an ode to the double standard. If it brightens your day even a smidgen, feel free to brighten mine by taking a second to Like/share/comment on the YouTube. Thanks!
Copy/paste/click if the video doesn’t show up: https://youtu.be/d2z28SfNwxE
Videography by Sheldon Edward Steere
Many thanks to Brendan Walsh and Hans Webb for videoing a bunch of songs from my show on Sunday, so I can share them with all of you. Now you can sing along from the comfort of your own home!
1. Intro by Kaila Love/”In A Major Key”
2. “I’d Rather Be High (Than An Asshole)”
3. “Land Of The Free”
4. “Dude, You Make Me Feel Dainty”
5. “One Night Standin’ Around”/”Get To Know You”
6. “Wake Up, Little Willie” (co-written with Barbara Dane)
7. “Try Not To Be A Dick” (feat. Jefferson Bergey, Kaila Love and Kate Willett)