Figure It Out Friday: Drink Me a Song

In keeping with the way the last couple weeks of my life have turned out, here are my 10 favorite drinking songs. There are really two varieties of drinking songs. There are the songs you sing whilst you drink (see #2) and there are the songs that make you want to drink (see #1). I’m always on the look out for good songs about drinking so let me know what I’m missing.

10. “I Love This Bar” by Toby Keith  I’m not Toby’s biggest fan, but this songs makes me smile. It’s simple and honest.  It ain’t too far/ Come as you are  You know what I mean? I’ve never seen Toby at Henry’s but he seems to know it pretty well.

9. “It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere” by Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett  How much fun is this song? I love how you can hear Alan and Jimmy trying not to crack up while they’re singing. Plus, how many times have I thought to myself, It’s only half past twelve but I don’t care/ It’s five o’clock somewhere?

8. “Sunday Morning Coming Down” by Johnny Cash  This isn’t one of those fun drinking songs. This is the one about the loneliness of the morning after. It shows us the other side of the fun drinking songs. And Kris Kristofferson wrote it so you know it’s heavy and intense in that way that gives you goosebumps.

7. “Two Pina Coladas” by Garth Brooks  One for each hand. Dude is serious. I also dig the fact that he’s singing about a pretty girly drink. Even I don’t drink pina coladas.

6. “She Only Smokes When She Drinks” by Joe Nichols  This is the first Joe Nichols song I ever heard and even though there have been drinking songs since (and even though tequila does make my clothes fall off) this one is still the best. Y’all know I like my ladies to be just a little damaged complicated.

5. “Tequila Sunrise” by The Eagles  How many times have I thought to myself, take another shot of courage while I wonder why the right words never come? This song speaks my soul.

4. “Rehab” by Amy Winehouse  Who doesn’t want to drink with Amy Winehouse? She even has wine in her name! I so don’t believe her when she says, I don’t ever wanna drink again, but I want to be her friend just the same.

3. “Whiskey Lullabye” by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss  Whoa, right? I mean, this is a SONG. She put him out, like the burning end of a midnight cigarette. That’s poetry. The song is about drinking yourself to death, and that’s depressing so be careful how often you listen to it. We don’t want you to put that bottle to your head and pull the trigger.

2. “Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffett  Jimmy Buffett would show up twice, wouldn’t he? I don’t know a soul who doesn’t love this song. And I blew out my flip-flop? Somebody give this man a Nobel Prize for Literature.

1. “Help Me Make It Through the Night” by Kris Krisofferson  If you’re familiar with this blog, you’re familiar with my feelings for this song. The love runs deep and wide. Legend has it that this song is actually about not drinking. I have no personal experience with that concept, but the song is hauntingly personal. What really gets me, though, is how simple it is. There are about six or seven lines, and one of them is All I’m taking is your time/ Help me make it through the night. How could a reasonable person deny a request like that? After all, it’s so sad to be alone.