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Song Released: 1970


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  1. anonymous
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    Jan 4th report

    East Coast drug use in the 60's...I was there. Heroin was called "CINNAMON" period....No guessing. When the song came out, we all knew what it was about "HEROIN" period. Just listen to the words in the song. Had nothing to do with tanned, or Asian girls. Otherwise, the song would have had references to sex in it. All rock songs in that era, that expressed desire in women, had sexual content. They were either written about Drugs, The Road, Sex, or all of the above. However this song was definitely about "DRUGS" period.
    Thank you for allowing me to set this straight.

  2. anonymous
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    Oct 23rd report

    This song is no doubt @ heroin. The references that have already been mentioned. “Drummer waiting between shows“ to score & get right.
    & also “Pa sent me money now
    I'm gonna make it somehow
    I need another chance” , c’mon if this ain’t a dope fiend talking!
    Cinnamon = powdered heroin

  3. anonymous
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    Aug 6th 2020 report

    It’s about Pamela Courson (Jim Morrison’s wife). Cinnamon Girl and Needle and the Damage Done were about her and the world they all lived in at that time...

  4. anonymous
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    Jul 25th 2020 report

    life With a cinnamon girl. ... a very cute girl who scams, lies, and flirts to get exactly what she wants.

  5. anonymous
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    Jun 10th 2020 report

    it is a song about red heads. A redheaded woman.
    Fuck you! stupid's its about his relationship with a redheaded girl

  6. anonymous
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    Jan 9th 2020 report

    It's a song OBVIOUSLY about heroin. The issue is he wrote it before he knew his guitarist Danny Gatton was terribly addicted to heroin 2 weeks after Crazy Horse got together. Cinnamon is 60s slang for heroin. Young also admitted it in a radio interview in the 90s When the interviewer was like "sure, it's about a girl, wink wink. He made up about 5 different stories that made absolutely no sense. The song basically: He runs through the night, gets Heroin and feels great. His jazz drummer waits between shows for heroin. "Paw send me money NOW, I've got to make it somehow, I need another chance. You see YOUR baby loves to dance" He likes to "dance" which is yet another 60s slang term for using. The songs dark ending is also harkens back to the reality of drug abuse. Not some tan girl...lol

  7. anonymous
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    May 24th 2019 report

    He must have had a relationship with a Filipina girl

  8. anonymous
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    Jun 12th 2018 report

    I think he definitely talking about heroin.

  9. anonymous
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    Mar 15th 2018 report

    To me it’s about a red headed diva that’s sexy to the core.

  10. anonymous
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    Sep 29th 2017 report

    Could he be talking about heroin?

  11. SitkaRose
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    Jun 5th 2017 report

    Spent my 20s living in southern Cali and lots of weekends on the beaches. We turned a deep copper or cinnamon color and it was really beautiful shimmering, young and energetic. Back in the 60s and 70s our hair was really long, silky and blew in the wind. We used to stay at the beaches until the sun began going down until the winds picked up and it became cold enough to pack it in for the day. I wonder if he saw so many "cinnamon girls," dark from the sun or perhaps ethnically brown and he just ended up singing about it? It's nice not knowing for sure. Still his songs take me back there ♥


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