Five-Star Fridays: Songs About Drinking

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Tom Waits, “Fumblin’ With the Blues.” Because he’s a pool-shooting, shimmy-shyster, shaking his head. When he should really be living clean instead.

Also love the boozy clarinet in this song.

Heart of Saturday Night and Closing Time would probably both make my all-time top ten. There’s no better mood music than early Tom Waits.


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4 Responses to “Five-Star Fridays: Songs About Drinking”

  1. #1 |  ClubMedSux | 

    My vote for favorite Tom Waits drinking song is “The Piano Has Been Drinking.”

  2. #2 |  derfel cadarn | 

    What can be said after that. If you are ever needing to get a drunk on there is no one better than Waits. I don’t live this lifestyle but he is still my hero.

  3. #3 |  AlgerHiss | 

    From George Jones:

    The bars are all closed, it’s four in the morning…
    I must have shut em’ all done, by the shape that I’m in….
    I lay my head on the wheel, and the horn begins honk’n…
    The whole neighborhood knows, that I’m home drunk again

    And if drinkin’ don’t kill me, her memory will.

  4. #4 |  OGRe | 

    I’d put Piano has been Drinking at #2.

    #1 would be Bad Liver and a Broken Heart.

    Both are off of Small Change, which I think ups the ante on inebriation over either Closing Time or Saturday Night. In addition to those two theres I wish I was in New Orleans, Tom Traubert’s Blues, and Pasties and a G-String.