Legalize me Oh, I want the legal right to be me Only I legalize myself Free me, lock me up But they will never pin me Pharmaceutical The hook of «Legalise Me» resonates throughout the ever-evolving verses and choruses in which the Pretenders break and beat like it`s fucking 1980, like they`re trying to do it Resurrecting James Honeyman-Scott from the dead, the acoustic equivalent of the cover – one of the last things Linda McCartney ever did – and just when it couldn`t get any better, here`s a catchy guitar solo, played by none other than Jeff Beck. And whether or not it reminded Jeff Beck of this story just before his guitar solo, it`s all there when Beck lights the kind of fire I wish he hadn`t gotten bored playing rock `n` roll in the early 1970s, shooting flames, speed and noise. and kicking «legalize me» in overdrive. while he was already breaking all the laws on speeding. In Reckless, Hynde recounts how her friend Cindy drove her to Cleveland in 1968 to play for the Jeff Beck Group, and she ended up in a hotel room and smoked pot with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood (like you) while Beck drove around Cindy`s car — a Corvette, natch. Regardless, sixteen-year-old Chrissie Hynde begged to sleep with one or the other, claiming she had her driving practice the next morning. In any case, «Legalise Me» is an absolute gas, the kind of Pretenders song of the last period, which reminds me why I will always defend Chrissie Hynde. (I originally wrote «Late-Period Pretenders Song,» but I realized it was 20 years ago, really in the middle of his 40-year career.) I slept like a baby in my bed When I woke up with a voice in my head There`s no room here, try on the road is what I said, I`m just a farmer and I grow marijuana.