Ok … here goes first post ever and a tad nervous but taking up the Song Lyric Sunday Challenge.
My choice for “drink” comes from the fabulous Squeeze.
She unscrews the top of a new whiskey bottle
And shuffles about in her candle lit hovel,
Like some kind of witch with blue fingers in mittens
She smells like the cat and the neighbours she sickens,
The black and white T. V. Has long seen a picture
The cross on the wall is a permanent fixture,
The postman delivers the final reminders
She sells off her silver and poodles in china.
Drinks to remember, I me and myself
And winds up the clock
And knocks dust from the shelf
Home is a love that I miss very much
So the past has been bottled and labelled with love.
During the war time an american pilot
Made every air raid a time of excitement,
She moved to his prairie and married the texan
She learnt from a distance how love was a lesson,
He became drinker and she became mother
She knew that one day she’d be one or the other,
He ate himself older, drunk himself dizzy
Proud of her features, she kept herself pretty.
He like a cowboy died drunk in his slumber
Out on the porch in the middle of summer,
She crossed the ocean back home to her family
But they had retired to roads that were sandy,
She moved home alone without friends or relations
Lived in a world full of age reservation,
On moth eaten armchairs she’d say that say sod all
The friends who had left her to drink from the bottle.
Songwriters: CHRISTOPHER DIFFORD, GLENN TILBROOK
Absolutely love this as it is sheer poetry put to words and the listener is encouraged to join in with a jaunty little ditty until after a while it becomes clear that the story (Squeeze always like to actually tell a story with their lyrics) is actually about a tragic figure shunned by the neighbours who started life full of hope, fell in love and through a series of events which gradually unfurl she becomes a hopeless drunk, alone and with just memories of what could have been.
Hope you enjoy it.