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The Top 20 Classic Stoner Songs of All Time, Part 2

11. Panama Red - New Riders of the Purple Sage (1973)

He'll steal your woman, then he'll rob your head.

This Grateful Dead offshoot band went on to record seven significant albums for Columbia Records, including The Adventures of Panama Red. By this point Buddy Cage had replaced Jerry Garcia on pedal steel guitar in the band. The country-rock title track, written by Peter Rowan, tells about a redheaded weed smuggler.

Parts of this article are excerpted from Pot Culture: The A-Z Guide to Stoner Language & Life by Steve Bloom and Shirley Halperin. 

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of CelebStoner.com, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.