Playlist Friday: Drinking songs

It’s another Friday! This calls for a celebration. Cheers!

“If You Don’t Start Drinkin’ (I’m Gonna Leave) ” – George Thorogood

George Thorogood’s problem is that he’s got too many good drinking songs. Oh, and also, he’s a really bad influence on his sober friends.

“Salt of the Earth” – The Rolling Stones

So you’ve succumbed to peer pressure and the evening’s first brew is in your hand – let’s toast to something worthwhile. Here’s to the hardworking people, the salt of the earth. The two (now seven) thousand million. Hopefully not to each one individually.

“Drinking Song” – Jason Webley

Your typical drinking song tends to sound like a sea chanty because the same rhythm that helps a bunch of people keep a cohesive pace while oaring also helps them keep a cohesive swaying and glass-thumping pace while boozing. I’m just guessing here.

Jason Webley, by the way, also collaborates with Amanda Palmer on Evelyn Evelyn – a conjoined twins act. Yeah. But I mostly like him because he sounds like Kevin Quain.

“Catch You in the Rye” – Kevin Quain

Who’s Kevin Quain, you ask? This guy. He kicks ass.

At this point in the evening, it’s time to dance.

“Jockey Full of Bourbon” – Tom Waits

Still dancing, but starting to trip up now.

“One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” – John Lee Hooker

I like bourbon, so let’s stick with that. It’s last call anyway.

“It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” – Alan Jackson

Have you noticed the progression here? We’ve progressed to the point when we skip work to start boozing at noon.

“Margaritaville” – Jimmy Buffett

And soon after – drinking margaritas on the beach all day, sporting tattoos we may or may not remember getting.

“My Alcoholic Friends” – The Dresden Dolls

So it’s not surprising that the A-word should crop up. How did we end up in this lush crowd, anyway?

“I Drink Alone” – George Thorogood

Ah, it was George’s bad influence. And just look at how he ended up.

Happy Friday! Drink responsibly!

Continuous YouTube playlist here.


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