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Caffeine (Welcome 2 My Nightmare, 2011)

“Caffeine” Lyrics:

I gotta stay awake
I just can’t sleep
Because I know inside if I close my eyes
it will be the death of me

Because I fear the night
When the darkness creeps
That’s when the shadows thrive
that’s when I must survive
’cause every night they come for me

I’m shaking in the ice cold shower
I been for here for about a week
But if I leave I could doze for hours
and that will surely be the end of a coward like me

Caffeine! Caffeine!
Amphetamine
A little speed is all I need
Caffeine! Caffeine!
woo woo woo

I won’t sleep at night
I won’t rest my head
Because I realise if I shut my eyes I’m gonna wake up dead
I’m in a desperate way

I’m very near the end
And all I know’s a triple shot of joe is my only friend

I’m shaking in the ice cold shower
I been for here for about a week
But if I leave I could doze for hours
and that will surely be the end of a coward like me

Caffeine! Caffeine!
Amphetamine
A little speed is all I need
Caffeine! Caffeine!
woo woo woo
woo woo woo

Caffeine! Caffeine!
Amphetamine
A little speed is all I need
Caffeine! Caffeine!

Caffeine! Caffeine!
Amphetamine
A little speed is all I need
Caffeine! Caffeine!

Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme etc
Ohhhhh…..

Welcome 2 My Nightmare (W2MN) LP, released in 2011, continues Steven’s dreams and nightmares found in the original Welcome to My Nightmare LP (1975) and the Alice Cooper Goes To Hell LP(1976). W2MN is a combination of those albums, but this nightmare is different.

“What would be a nightmare for (Alice) in 2011? Well, technology would be a nightmare for him. Disco would still be a nightmare for him. We just started writing down things or ideas. Things that would really bother Alice.” – Alice Cooper

As Cooper notes, W2MN discusses what would haunt the villain today, not the Alice of the 70s, but the millennial Alice.

Songs like “Runaway Train,” “I’ll Bite Your Face Off,” “Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever,” “When Hell Comes Home,” and “Something To Remember Me By.” Those songs shed light on stories about tragedies, terrors, and scenarios that not only disturb Steven’s slumber but may be all too real (even for some of us).

Hints of the original Welcome To My Nightmare LP are scattered and mixed throughout the music and layout. Bob Ezrin (producer) and Alice masterfully connect the dots between the original Nightmare and W2MN.

“Caffeine,” the second track on the LP, preludes the nightmare. There’s a “Nightmare On Elm Street” vibe about the tone – a “one, two Freddy’s coming for you sort of feeling.” However, there’s also another slant, one laced with dependence and addiction.

Because I fear the night
When the darkness creeps
That’s when the shadows thrive
that’s when I must survive
’cause every night they come for me

I’m shaking in the ice cold shower
I been for here for about a week
But if I leave I could doze for hours
and that will surely be the end of a coward like me

Caffeine! Caffeine!
Amphetamine
A little speed is all I need
Caffeine! Caffeine!
woo woo woo

I won’t sleep at night
I won’t rest my head
Because I realise if I shut my eyes I’m gonna wake up dead
I’m in a desperate way
I’m very near the end
And all I know’s a triple shot of joe is my only friend

How many of us can relate? Maybe not with the “I’m too afraid to sleep” narrative, but with the “Joe’s my only friend” one. We often find ourselves using things, substances, and distractions as forms of escape and stress relief instead of finding healthy ways to deal with our problems.

Alice is no stranger to addiction. His miraculous recovery and deliverance from alcoholism is a well-known chapter of his life. He’s become a resource for others who battle with the bottle.

“So everyone thought, ‘If Alice Cooper can stop drinking, so can I.’ So I’d get calls from movie stars and rock stars looking to get sober. I don’t mind that role, because maybe that’s why it was taken away from me – so I can help other people.” – Alice Cooper, interview (https://ultimateclassicrock.com/alice-cooper-addiction/)

One of the most powerful discoveries in life comes with realizing how our journeys intersect with one another. God places us in specific situations and uses our experiences to relate, help, and, most importantly, love one another (Galatians 6:1-6).

With restoration from addiction, some people find themselves miraculously healed. For some, a conversation with another person could alter their path. For others, it may be more complicated. Whatever the process is, it begins with hope, takes faith, and is aided by prayer (Romans 12:12).

There are many resources and organizations devoted to recovery. Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is perhaps the most well-known. All endeavors dedicated to recovery are admirable, and even more so, faith-based recovery has proven to be a very successful method.

According to churchandmentalhealth.com, over 400 studies have found that a significantly higher success rate is linked to faith-based recovery programs. Combining spiritual growth and discovery with recovery creates a winning combination as one recuperates.

A quick web search yields multiple courses and groups dedicated to ending addiction. Many offer ten-step programs, pillars to health, and other “proven” methods leading to restorative well-being. Of the ones we found, goodlandingrecovery.com offered the most logical and inspirational approach.

PLEASE NOTE: We have no affiliation with Good Landing Recovery. They could be a phenomenal road to recovery, but we have no firsthand experience with them.

However, their four pillars of faith-based recovery are an excellent resource and a thought-provoking guide to healing.

Their pillars of faith-based recovery are 1) Creating An Atmosphere of Faith, 2) Developing An Overcoming Spirit, 3) Building A Strong Body, and 4) Trusting The Process.

Creating An Atmosphere of Faith

“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So, the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth, your relative, is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. – Luke 1:34-38

At first, it seemed odd to find Mary’s discussion with the angel referenced as a pillar for recovery, yet it makes perfect sense.

Through God’s power and magnificence, Elizabeth conceived John The Baptist, and Mary carried our Savior into this world. God has promised eternal life to anyone who drinks from His cup (John 4:13-14).

Accepting Him and placing our faith in Him means knowing He will never fail us. Like Mary, we need only to serve Him and witness the fulfillment of His Word.

Developing An Overcoming Spirit

“I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”Philippians 4:10-13

Life is tough. We’ve spoken about Paul writing the book of Philippians from within prison walls, yet his primary focus was on the Joy he found in Christ’s presence and how that should also be our focus.

Even through difficult times, learning to be content can only be obtained by drawing strength from Christ’s power. Our circumstances do not negate His promises. He will supply our needs (even though we may not always get what we want).

Overcoming addiction is not merely a physical battle; it’s a spiritual one (Ephesians 6:12). Allowing the Holy Spirit to lead is the key. Through Him and His Word, strongholds of all kinds (including addiction) are demolished (1 Corinthians 10:3-4). With Him, we can and will overcome.

Building A Strong Body

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Addiction can destroy the body. As mentioned, the spiritual battle is extensive, but the physical struggle is no walk in the park. Paul reminds us that we are placed here for a reason. Our bodies are physical vessels used to carry out God’s purpose. We must care for the body, mind, and spirit equally.

Remaining physically active helps prolong the life of the body. In turn, we can serve and fulfill His purpose here on earth without setbacks and delay.

In life and death, we belong to Him; our acceptance of Christ brings Freedom from sin but requires service to Him – we are His (Romans 14:7-8). Our bodies are loaned to us as we carry out His purpose. We must care for what we’ve been given.

Trusting The Process

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:1-2

The world, family, friends, colleagues, everyone seems to have an opinion about how, what, where, and why things should be handled. However, God’s Word points us to a path of transformation. A path unparalleled by this world.

Paul reminds us that the way things seem and what is portrayed as expected in this world requires us first to ask if it matches God’s will. If so, great. However, most likely, we will need to adjust our thinking and develop a renewed way of seeing things. We must trust His Way and do so humbly.

With addiction, the world tells us there’s nothing wrong – do what you want, you only live once, etc. That type of flesh-driven thinking leads to death, yet our thoughts governed by Him bring life and peace (Romans 8:5-6). We are offered a choice. Which will we choose?

Wrapping up this week’s post, maybe it’s a stretch to dig this deep into the meaning of “Caffeine.” However, there’s no denying humanity’s desire for substances. Sugar. Caffeine. Alcohol. Pills. Food. We love a “quick fix.

The problem with “quick fixes” is they often lead to long-term dependencies. And while moderation is key, it can easily be abused or rationalized away.

The processes described above are noteworthy steps and reminders of who we are in Christ and how we fight our battles. The question is, are we willing and able to give up the fight? Are we willing to surrender to His authority? Do we struggle alone or ask Him to lead?

As we enjoy our morning “cup of Joe,” are we willing to give our daily lives to Him? Of course, we aren’t demonizing coffee or, believe it or not, any other substance. The question is this, “Are we dependent on those things for survival, or are we dependent on Him?” It’s a simple yet profound question.

In conclusion, Steven’s tour of Hell is an interesting one. Many songs and scenarios paint the darkness and despair that resides there. Alice, as always, does an incredible job poking and prodding the mind to think deeper.

“Caffeine” pokes fun at the need to stay awake. Steven’s fear of sleep and the nightmares it brings have consumed him. He will do anything to avoid the experience. With the song’s relevance, one might ask, “What do I fear?

What lengths would we go to avoid such terrors and dread? The bigger question might be: Are the habits we use to escape our fears more detrimental than whatever it is we try to avoid? Which nightmares do we share with Steven (and Alice)? Which ones do we face alone?

That’s it for this week! Catch you next Friday.

In the meantime, Keep Walkin’ in Faith and Rockin’ with Alice!

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