The original song was a list of unfinished duties and chores, their completion thwarted because Afroman got high. For example: “I was gonna clean my room — until I got high. I was gonna get up and find the broom — but then I got high.”
It took off after Kevin Smith added it to the soundtrack of “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.”
Now Smith is coming out with a new “Clerks” sequel — “Jay and Silent Bob” came between “Clerks” and “Clerks II” — and Afroman has updated “Because I Got High,” giving the song a slightly more … productive bent.
This time it opens with “I had problems with glaucoma, but then I got high. Smelled the cannabis aroma, and I got high. Glaucoma’s getting better and I know why — because I got high.”
You get the idea.
“‘Because I Got High’ put me on the map — it’s what got me a record deal, a Grammy nomination and made me a household name,” Afroman told Rolling Stone. “Getting high — and rapping about it — got me to where I am today and I’ll be forever grateful for that. With the current political battle with states trying to legalize weed, I thought it was a good time to educate — or set the record straight — about marijuana’s benefits, which is why I wanted to remake the song.”
Here’s the original video, full of Jay and Silent Bob goodness, if you want to compare the two:
h/t Rolling Stone