Marijuana, Marijuana

Tune of “Frere Jacques:”

Marijuana, marijuana
LSD, LSD
College Kids are making it
High school kids are taking it
why can’t we? Why can’t we?

This was the version I was hearing in middle school (early 90s). The rumor at the time was that it was written by Simpsons creator Matt Groening. Not sure where THAT came from; the song has been going around since the 1960s (probably not before then, given the LSD reference). Variations include mentioning the teachers and principal instead of “college kids” and “High school kids,” or politicians (ie, Richard Nixon makes it, Hubert Humphrey takes it, which may be the earliest version). May have started on the East Coast – in Sherman’s book (see the sidebar at the right), both of her sources from the 1960s were from there.

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20 Comments

  1. michaelgsmith

    Charlotte, NC, circa mid-1980s (when Reagan was president, of course):

    Betty Crocker makes it
    Ronald Reagan takes it

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  2. SilverSpring80s

    Maryland, 1980s:

    PCP,PCP (because phencyclidine was a drug you heard a lot about back then)
    Everybody grows it
    Ronald Reagan smokes it

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  3. Anonymous

    betty crocker makes it bill clinton takes it

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  4. Anonymous

    East Hartford Ct Early 70's

    Marijuana, marijuana
    LSD, LSD
    College Kids make it
    High school kids take it
    why can't we? Why can't we?

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  5. Anonymous

    I first saw it in a compilation book of Matt Groening's "Life in Hell" comic strip.

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  6. Anonymous

    Vestal, NY 1969 or 70
    Marijuana, marijuana
    LSD, LSD
    College Kids make it
    High school kids take it
    why can't we? Why can't we?

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  7. Anonymous

    Sang this song in 3rd Grade on the school bus in Connecticut… 1979

    Marijuana Marijuana

    LSD LSD

    Scientist make it

    People take it

    Why can't we Why Can't we

    there are earlier versions and later versions

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  8. Anonymous

    We sang this in the Phillippines in the mid 60's except we sang scientist make it teachers take it why can't we

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  9. Anonymous

    in the 1960s it was:

    scientists make it,
    Mayor Lindsey takes it,
    why can't we
    why can't we

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  10. Jon Smith

    I remember this song. I remember first hearing it second grade in 1995 about Bill Clinton

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  11. steambadger

    scientists make it
    teenagers take it
    why can't we?

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  12. Donald Foster

    queens, ny 1973

    Rockefeller makes it
    Mayor Lindsey takes it
    Why can't we? Why can't we?

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  13. Someone with CS

    early eighties when I heard it like this
    Marijuana, marijuana
    LSD, LSD
    Teachers grow it
    Principals smoke it
    why can't we? Why can't we?

    Of course we were also going down the halls singing the chorus from another brick in the wall

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  14. Nigel Smites

    Has anybody heard of Major Murphy's Raiders?

    We are Major Murphy's Raiders,
    Raiders of the night.
    We are a bunch of mother fuckers who rather fuck than fight.
    Roley, poley,
    Dickie in the holey.
    Who the Hell are we?
    We are Major Murphy's raiders, raiders of the night.

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  15. Charli Bridgewater

    Either 1968 or 69, Manchester, NH

    Marijuana, marijuana
    LSD, LSD
    College Kids are making it
    High school kids are taking it
    why can't we? Why can't we?

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  16. Dan

    Marijuana marijuana
    LSD LSD
    Government makes it
    Our parents take it
    So why can't we, why can't we?

    Mid 80's version

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  18. Unknown

    Scientists make it
    Teachers take it
    Central Illinois circa 1969

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  19. tom mabry

    Scientists make it
    Teachers take it
    Central Illinois circa 1969

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  20. Jack

    Scientists make it
    Hippies all take it

    NW Washington State 1969

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