Top ten country drinkin' songs to honor Randy Travis' sobriety


#5 "A Six Pack to Go" - Hank Thompson

With Jeff Bridges in its starring role, you may have thought the main character in the 2009 film Crazy Heart was inspired by, I dunno, Kris Kristofferson maybe. Wrong. The 1987 novel on which the film was based was actually inspired by honky-tonkin', country-swingin' singer Hank Thompson, whose other hits included "Humpty Dumpty Heart," "Smoky the Bar" and "The Wild Side of Life." Notable Lyric: Tomorrow morning's Sunday I'm gonna be feeling low, so please please bartender I want a six pack to go.

#4 "Wine Me Up" - Faron Young

Oh Faron; I hate this story. Even when singing pretty depressing songs like this one, Faron Young's personality seemed so upbeat. Deceivingly so. Reportedly upset over his declining health and having been overlooked by contemporary country, Faron shot himself in 1996. Notable Lyric: I'd like to thank the men that raise the grapes way out in California, and I'm hopin' this will be their biggest year. 'Cause scarlet waters all that's left to keep me hangin' on, and that's why I'll try to wine me up each day and night next year.

#3 "Colorado Kool Aid" - Johnny Paycheck

Don't ever fuck with a guy when y'all have been drinkin' Coors in the South of Texas. Notable Lyric: Well, sir, he pulled out a big, long switch blade knife; Quick as a whistle he began to slice. An, that big mean drunk stood back, his face full of tears, lookin' down at the floor, an' one of his ears. Ha, he cut that thing off, even with the sideburns. You might say the little Mexican fella, he just didn't give a durn. But he was a gentleman about it, an' bent over and with a half way grin, picked it up and handed it back to him.

#2 "Don't the Girls All Get Prettier At Closing Time" - Mickey Gilley

His original nightclub in Pasadena, Texas, which served as location for the film Urban Cowboy, has long closed, but this truth lives on. A song for last call. Notable Lyric: If I could rate'em on a scale from 1 to 10, I'm lookin' for a 9 but 8 would slip right in. A few more drinks and I might slip to a 5 or even a 4. But when tomorrow morning comes, and I wake up with a number 1, I swear I'll never do it anymore.

#1 "Sunday Morning Coming Down" - Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash

And finally, a song for the morning-after, the morning-after being the time when you either wake up with a Number 1, or wake up alone and just start drinkin' again.
Notable Lyric: Well I woke up Sunday morning, with no way to hold my head that didn't hurt. And the beer I had for breakfast wasn't bad, so I had one more for dessert.



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Ross Todd
Ross Todd

Very glad "There Stands the Glass" made it. Such a classic.

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