One Toke Over the Line

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"One Toke Over the Line"
One Toke Over the Line - Brewer & Shipley.jpg
Single by Brewer & Shipley
from the album Tarkio
B-side"Oh Mommy"
ReleasedMarch 1971 (U.S.)
Length3:16
LabelKama Sutra Records
Songwriter(s)Mike Brewer, Tom Shipley
Producer(s)Nick Gravenites
Brewer & Shipley singles chronology
"One Toke Over the Line"
(1971)
"Tarkio Road"
(1971)

"One Toke Over the Line" is a song written and performed by American folk rock duo Brewer & Shipley. It is a track from their 1970 LP Tarkio, and was released as their debut single in early 1971.

Background[edit]

Mike Brewer gives this account of the origin of the song, "One day we were pretty much stoned and all and Tom says, “Man, I’m one toke over the line tonight.” I liked the way that sounded and so I wrote a song around it."[1]

The song gained popular acclaim while the band was touring as an opening act for Melanie, after they received an encore but had run out of other songs to play.[2] Spiro Agnew said the song with its reference to marijuana use was "blatant drug-culture propaganda" that "threatens to sap our national strength," pressuring the FCC to include the song on its list of music banned from the airwaves because of drug references.[3]

Also, a small amount of copies included a demo version of the song[4]

Chart history[edit]

The song peaked at #10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and #8 Cash Box[5] during the spring of 1971, and was the duo's only Top 40 hit. It also reached #5 in Canada[6] and #7 in New Zealand.[7]

Cover versions[edit]

A cover version was performed in early 1971 by Gail Farrell and Dick Dale on The Lawrence Welk Show, which billed it a "modern spiritual."[15][16]

Later uses[edit]

The song is notably mentioned in the opening of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and was notably "sung" by Dr. Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro) in the film of the same name.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fong-Torres, Ben (April 15, 1971). "Radio: One Toke Behind the Line". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 25, 2018 – via BrewerAndShipley.com.
  2. ^ Mastropolo, Frank (December 3, 2012). ""One Toke Over the Line" – More Than a "One Hit" Wonder". Rock Cellar. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  3. ^ "Tox Tunes #82: One Toke Over the Line (Lawrence Welk)". The Poison Review. April 27, 2014. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  4. ^ http://keyrolan.com
  5. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, April 24, 1971
  6. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1971-05-01. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  7. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 28 June 1971
  8. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1971-05-01. Retrieved 2019-02-15.
  9. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 28 June 1971
  10. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  11. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, April 24, 1971
  12. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". collectionscanada.gc.ca.
  13. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  14. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 25, 1971
  15. ^ "One Toke On Lawrence Welk". BrewerAndShipley.com. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
  16. ^ "Toking" with Lawrence Welk on YouTube

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