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Strawberry Alarm Clock - Incense and Peppermints. - Lyrics Meaning

The song Incense and Peppermints was released in 1967 on the album, Incense and Peppermints.

The psychedelic age was in full swing when Incense and Peppermints became popular. Incense is often burned to mask the smell of marijuana. Peppermints are used to mask the smoke on a person's breath.

In the first verse, we are told that innocence and good sense are nice, but they can disable you. "Who cares what games we choose, little to win and nothing to lose" means that it doesn't matter what types of drugs a person uses - only that you don't gain much by doing or not doing the drugs.

"Turn on, tune in, drop out" is a phrase that Timothy Leary used to promote the use of LSD. It is used in part in the second verse to tell the listener to take a look at him/herself. The fact that incense and peppermints are "meaningless nouns" may mean that all of these words are strung together and aren't intended to mean anything in particular. Beatniks and politicians each have their own point of view. Every group has their own way of looking at things and there's no use in fighting over who is right.