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With all the talk about the Rolling Stones "50 year" anniversary a bunch of us got to talking about some of their most famous songs. Anyway the topic came up of "Mother's Little Helper" a song that speaks of the famous... Read More


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    Quote from Davey Do
    so, like, where does frank zappa's "don't you eat that yellow snow" come from?

    -mic

    *LOL*

    Oh even *I* know the answer to that one! *LOL*

    Guess you didn't grow up in a cold climate where it snows in winter and had dogs for pets. Oh heck, not even as pets as it's plainly obvious walking down a snow covered street/sidewalk after someone has let their dog do their business why you shouldn't eat "yellow snow".
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    Quote from Meriwhen
    I knew Valium was yellow, just didn't think that was what they were talking about in the song. I wasn't really a Stones fan until late in life.

    My mother used (and still uses) Valium but I've never heard her call it that. She just always called it "Valium."

    As for Quaaludes, it seems they were all over high school back in the day. You couldn't go to a party without some idiot belting out "Luudes put you in the mood". IIRC it was the heavy recreational abuse of the drug that got it pulled off markets and or tightly controlled in the UK, EU and the USA.
    Last edit by DoGoodThenGo on Dec 9, '12 : Reason: Content
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    Quote from marycarney
    Nope - trust me when I tell you I am old enough to know what this means. The 'little yellow pill' is Valium. End of story.
    Not to go up against your learned knowledge, if the drug mentioned in the song is truly Valium then the ending does not make sense:

    ___
    What a drag it is getting old
    Kids are different today,
    I hear evry mother say
    Mother needs something today to calm her down
    And though shes not really ill
    Theres a little yellow pill
    She goes running for the shelter of a mothers little helper
    And it helps her on her way, gets her through her busy day

    Things are different today,
    I hear evry mother say
    Cooking fresh food for a husbands just a drag
    So she buys an instant cake and she burns her frozen steak
    And goes running for the shelter of a mothers little helper
    And two help her on her way, get her through her busy day

    Doctor please, some more of these
    Outside the door, she took four more
    What a drag it is getting old

    Men just arent the same today
    I hear evry mother say
    They just dont appreciate that you get tired
    Theyre so hard to satisfy, you can tranquilize your mind
    So go running for the shelter of a mothers little helper
    And four help you through the night, help to minimize your plight

    Doctor please, some more of these
    Outside the door, she took four more
    What a drag it is getting old

    Lifes just much too hard today,

    I hear evry mother say
    The pusuit of happiness just seems a bore
    And if you take more of those, you will get an overdose
    No more running for the shelter of a mothers little helper
    They just helped you on your way, through your busy dying day

    End

    Taken on it's own one was under the impression an overdose of Valium does not normally cause death. Coma yes, along with a host of other adverse reactions, but not death. However if one consumes alcohol and or other drugs then yes the overdose can become fatal. Don't think 20mgs of Valium alone could cause a death by overdose.

    Am wondering also if it could have been Miltown (Memprobamate)?
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    Years ago....before generics.... I could tell what a hand full of pills were because they were all different and were different colors. Valium, 5 mg was a yellow pill from the manufacturer with a big V cutout in the middle.

    Mothers little helper....Valium
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    It's gotta be valium
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    Quote from DoGoodThenGo
    With all the talk about the Rolling Stones "50 year" anniversary a bunch of us got to talking about some of their most famous songs.

    Anyway the topic came up of "Mother's Little Helper" a song that speaks of the famous "little yellow pill" of the 1960's. General consensus was the song refered to Valium (diazepam), but I think Nembutal (Pentobarbital), which tough a capsule is yellow coloured.
    I remember very well from my US History class that the 1960's carried with it a strong addiction to Valium If I remember correctly, it had a lot to do with women who had previously been able to work being forced to stay at home again. I could defiantly be wrong on the reasoning, but I'd be willing to bet a lot of money it is referring to Valium.
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    Quote from Esme12
    Years ago....before generics.... I could tell what a hand full of pills were because they were all different and were different colors. Valium, 5 mg was a yellow pill from the manufacturer with a big V cutout in the middle.

    Mothers little helper....Valium

    Exactly.

    If you read the history of the song DoGoodThenGo and what Mick was trying to say, he was talking about drug addiction.

    Even though Valium wasn't as great a risk for overdosing . . . doesn't mean you can't start taking enough to get you there.

    I've never taken Valium but I definitely remember this song and the little yellow pill being about Valium.

    Speaking of 'ludes . . .. my ex told me one of his favorite stories about taking an overdose of them while on Balboa island . . . he thought it was a hilarious story. I was an idiot as that story should have sent me running. Ah, our 20's . . . . not quite smart enough.
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    Quote from MichaelaR27
    I remember very well from my US History class that the 1960's carried with it a strong addiction to Valium If I remember correctly, it had a lot to do with women who had previously been able to work being forced to stay at home again. I could defiantly be wrong on the reasoning, but I'd be willing to bet a lot of money it is referring to Valium.
    Women weren't "forced" to leave their jobs and stay home to raise the kids.

    Every generation has a "mother's little helper".

    Lithium, Belladona, Opium, Heroin, Cocaine, alcohol.

    Today it might be called Prozac. There is also Xanax.

    Or wine.
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    While you have a difficult time OD'ing on Valium it is one of the most dangerous drugs to stop. Tolerance builds and it can take weeks to detox. I once had a patient who was taking 400mgm/24hr. You can only step down by 1/4 to 1/3 at a time and half life is very long so detox even with normal amounts is over a week. This man hit himself over the head with an iron trying to stop the discomfort of the withdrawal.

    Any drug can be abused. Valium happened to be the drug of choice back then by many. Doctors handed it out freely.

    Ludes were white with a 714 on the front.
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    Quote from aknottedyarn
    While you have a difficult time OD'ing on Valium it is one of the most dangerous drugs to stop. Tolerance builds and it can take weeks to detox. I once had a patient who was taking 400mgm/24hr. You can only step down by 1/4 to 1/3 at a time and half life is very long so detox even with normal amounts is over a week. This man hit himself over the head with an iron trying to stop the discomfort of the withdrawal.

    Any drug can be abused. Valium happened to be the drug of choice back then by many. Doctors handed it out freely.

    Ludes were white with a 714 on the front.
    Miltown was big too . . . . forgot about that. Been doing a google search on all the drugs used for depression through the ages. Very interesting.


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