d.h. lawrence man. touching, i know.
anyway, it turns out there are 5 songs which are currently my favourite, having to do at least associatively with alcohol.
1. Harry Belafonte – “Will His Love Be Like His Rum?” yes it will! yes it will! which is to say, intoxicating all night long. mostly about marital bliss, this song is a toast to a happy couple with a happy future, or at least an experience that is invigorating and regrettable.
2. Nina Simone – “Lilac Wine” also associating love and drunkenness, in this case it is a particular love, a particular liquor, a particular drunk and particularly, almost world-sunderingly touching. “When i think more than i want to think, do things i would never do, i drink more than i want to think, because it brings me back you . . . Lilac wine, is sweet and heady, like my love. Lilac wine, i feel unsteady, like my love. Listen to me, why is everything so hazy?” i have this desire to try lilac wine sometime, assuming it will be thick and slow and altogether too sweet, presumably smelling of lilacs, and it will be the type of thing that can only end honourably in reeling oblivion.
3. Stick McGhee – “Drinkin’ Wine Spo Dee O Dee” usually attributed to, and better known by, Jerry Lee Lewis, i much prefer this version, from the Atlantic Rythm & Blues Collection, volume 1 (1947-1952). it’s less rip-roarin’, but i find the more leisurely pace resonates better with the usual experience of copious wine consumption. not that it’s a necessary association, but the story of folk getting drunk and raucous and fighting reminds me somehow of Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back In Town”. i guess just for it making me think of summer and getting riley, although i wouldn’t say it’s quite booze-themed enough for me to include it on this list. “Having A Good Time,” on the other hand (one of my all-time favourite drink-related, or in this case, drink fuelled, songs), easily qualifies, with its opening lines: “Me and my buddies, we’re gonna get drunk, we’re gonna go out on the town. We’ll be checking it out, slipping it in, and stepping out of line,” and the fact that for the last 2 minutes of the song Phil Lynott’s lyrics sound like he is legitimately drunk, frozen forever in time in the artificial spontaneity of the recording.
4. The Techniques – “Drink More Wine” i can’t seem to find the full lyrics anywhere online, and personally can’t make out half of them myself, but it’s a great little rocksteady jam by The Techniques, i believe during their period fronted by Slim Smith. the chorus is something to the effect of “you must drink a lot of wine, and you will get well cool,” maybe.
5. Paul McCartney – “Monkberry Moon Delight” when i was in grade 11 my best friend invented this drink at a party that he called “Mountain Moon Juice,” consisting of, if i remember correctly: Mountain Dew, vanilla ice cream, moonshine whiskey, orange juice, and blue food colouring, blended to a uniform slurry. there may have been other ingredients, but i don’t at the moment recall them. what i do recall is him drinking half of it, vomiting some green shit onto himself, partially disrobing and then continuing to rage, shirtless, blender in hand (for that was the only suitable vessel out of which to drink Mountain Moon Juice), against the dying of the light, until, as expected, the light failed and he passed out on the stairs. i may have gotten some of the sequence wrong there. maybe he lost his shirt, or vomited on it, borrowed my shirt, vomited on that, then went shirtless. i feel like my shirt got involved somehow. it’s hard to tell, really, what this nonsense-rife song is about, but when you listen to it, it sort of sounds like Mountain Moon Juice. not the words, but the spirit thereof. also like that time (with the same best friend) i was on four hits of acid and stumbled into a bar to encounter a seven-person folk-rock band in matching brown and orange tunics performing this very song.