My Sunday Song #113 is “The Joker” by the Steve Miller Band. The song was released in 1973 and appeared on the album ‘The Joker’. The song did really well for Steve and the band as it went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 110 chart. It is probably the highest pot smoking song ever charted.
The song has this slow, laid back groove that is so cool and relaxing thanks to his stellar rhythm section of Gerald Johnson on Bass and John King on drums. The slide guitar by Steve brings this really interesting feel to the song and when he does the wolf whistle on it, damn, it is just fantastic. It really does feel like a stoner song and I don’t even smoke it, but if I did this song would be playing for sure.
However, the lyrics are king here. The song is famous for it’s pot reference for the chorus that goes…
“I’m a joker
I’m a smoker
I’m a midnight toker”
How could you not sing along to that.
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