Lost Music: Lester's Methadone Clinic (Sonia Dada)

Remembering Forgotten Songs!

Today's Lost Music track is a tune called Lester's Methadone Clinic.  The song, which has a cool vibe to it, was featured on an album called A Day At The Beach by a band called Sonia Dada; a combo that produced a mix of rock, gospel, doo-wop, soul and R&B music.  I remember the first time I heard this song it simply knocked me out.  As a matter of fact, I played the song 5 times in a row!

On the All Music site I came across a review of the album: " Tucked amidst these more heady pieces are the street corner, doo-wop story of getting clean down at Lester's Methadone Clinic.  The album,which was aptly titled, A Day at the Beach is an enjoyable, easy musical journey with a band that evades labels by reveling in their amalgamation of soul, pop, rock, blues, and gospel.  Memorable melodies abound on this sadly overlooked 1995 release from Sonia Dada. Telling tales from all walks of life, the soaring, soulful vocal harmonies of Sam Hogan, Michael Scott, and Paris Delane sail smoothly over the exceptional musicianship of their backing band. The multi-talented Dan Pritzker tackles the roles of guitarist, producer and main songwriter, bringing a musical depth and lyrical intelligence that is often lacking in catchy, groove-oriented pop/rock songs." (All Music)


Sonia Dada - Lester's Methadone Clinic


Lester's Methadone Clinic

Down at Lester's methadone clinic 
Gotta be down for you to be in it 
It may take the rest of your days 
To get away from the warmth of an opiated haze 

Down at Lester's methadone clinic 
Indoor plumbing is just the beginning 
They got the psychoanalytic device 
Gonna blow the blues off your shoes 
And eradicate your vices


Down at Lester's they don't take chances 
Ain't not smooth talking fools or lascivious dancin' 
Sign on up and you're in the file 
Ain't no state benefits if you're into denial 

The state say we don't want to see you 
We don't want to hear you cry 
I cry all the time 
Sometimes I hit up 
And I fly away 
That's why I want to stay 

Down at Lester's methadone clinic 
Take your time tying off if you're fixing to dig it 
Hypo-allergenic supplies 
Kitchen clean is the scene Lester's board certified 

Down at Lester's go on a roll 
Lose your mind lose your time 
Or just lose control 
You can take whatever you'll use 
But don't share needles blood or piss 
And please wipe your shoes 

We don't want to see you 
We don't want to hear you cry 
I cry all the time 
Sometimes I hit up and I fly away 
I fly away


Down at Lester's Clinic 

I can look up out the windows 
And look up at the sky 
There's a roof over my head 
And a bed upon which I can lie 
At Lester's 















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