I was reading this post about the offensive tags on politisex and I learned something new: the term "brown sugar" is not just a "code for sex with WOC" (which I knew) but the old street name for heroin. The Rolling Stones song is talked about, but the song that immediately sprang to my mind is D'Angelo's "Brown Sugar", which is one of my favourite songs (and albums) and has been since it came out, about 13 years ago. I was like, *surely* D'Angelo is talking about a girl, not *heroin*, so I went and checked the lyrics.
IT COULD TOTALLY BE ABOUT HEROIN. I've always loved the lyric, "That's why my eyes are a shade of blood burgundy" but I'd always just assumed he had bloodshot eyes because of all the hot sex he was having! And then later he mentions that she's "got a big sister by the name of Chocolate Thai". Chocolate Thai is a kind of cannabis.
HA! I mean, I think D'Angelo is just being metaphorical, but it is amazing how many heroin inspired songs there are out there. According to the internet "Fire and Rain" (which is my and Kirsten's song) is all about James Taylor trying to kick the habit: "Won't you look down upon me, Jesus/You've got to help me make a stand/You've just got to see me through another day/My body's aching and my time is at hand/And I won't make it any other way..."