I Drink Alone

Album: Maverick (1985)
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  • A huge fan of blues music, Thorogood often sings about drinking, which is a common theme in the genre. One of his most popular songs is a cover of John Lee Hooker's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer."

    Drinking is generally a social activity, but in this song Thorogood takes a self-deprecating approach, explaining that he prefers drinking alone. The song takes a humorous tone, with the names of drinks garnishing the lyric with double meanings. For instance, he is drinking with his good buddy Wiser (Budweiser), his pals Jack Daniel's and Jim Beam, and the Walker brothers: Blackie and Red (Johnny Walker Black label and Red label). The only family member who will drink with him is his dear old granddad (Old Grand Dad whiskey).
  • This appears in the 2005 movie North Country and in the 2012 Nurse Jackie episode "Kettle-Kettle-Black-Black."

Comments: 5

  • Rick from Los AngelesIn response to the above songfact - Budweiser is in fact not mentioned in the song, though it does sound like it. The line is "Just me and good buddy Wiser" referring to J.P. Wiser's Whisky.
  • Jim from West Palm Beach, FlOld time blues, Thorogood style.
  • Leslie from San Juan Bautista, CaI don't know about the Lee Marvin reference never heard the Grand-Dad, but I have a LIVE album of his and the last stanza is, "Now I have got me a pet up in my penthouse but he never does bothers me
    He ain't no poodle, no pony, he's just a little old wild turkey And we drink alone, yeah, with nobody else That's the way I like it". LOVE the beat and the lyrics to this song!!
  • Joey from Memphis, TnThere's a video with Mr. Marvin in it, and him alone. It's killer, and that version mentions Wild Turkey.

    Joey Ray Wms, Memphis, TN
  • Tommy from Ny, NyI had heard it was written about Lee Marvin. Also, had heard a version of the song that mentions Wild Turkey. Can't find it anywhere though.
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