"When I Drink" as written by and Timothy Seth Avett Scott Yancey Avett....
When I drink
I say things I don't want to say
I do things I don't wanna do
I talk mean to you
But if I think
I just might get something out of this
My parents taught me to learn when I miss
Just do your best
Just do your best

It's the only way to keep that last bit of sanity
Maybe I don't have to be good but I can try to be
At least a little better than I've been so far

'Cause when I drink
I hear things that aren't really there
I feel things when I shouldn't really care
Have fist fights with the air
But if I think about someone besides myself
I lived through the silver and the bell
With something to tell
Just do your best

It's the only way to keep that last bit of sanity
Maybe I don't have to be good but I can try to be
At least a little better than I've been so far

But when I drink
I spend the next morning in a haze
But we only get so many days
Now I have one less
Just do your best

It's the only way to keep that last bit of sanity
Maybe I don't have to be good but I can try to be
At least a little better than I've been so far
Oh, at least a little better than I've been so far


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"When I Drink" as written by Timothy Seth Avett Scott Yancey Avett

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    General Commentsippin on whiskey in the dark when your all alone
    this is the greatest drinking song ever!
    CLARKieston March 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentStraight up. You don't have to be perfect. Just be the best you can.

    Even though the world is messed up, there is always a glimmer of hope.
    ViciousVee20on March 13, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song has a much deeper meaning. It might sound like a fun drinking game, but I think the artist is trying to make something hopeful out of a bad circumstance--alcoholism.

    He loses fists fights with the air, is mean, rude, and wakes up in a haze.

    "I've been through the silver and the bells": I believe means he's been to AA meetings. Silver coins for sobriety (30/60/90 days, etc.) and bells, as many AA meetings are held in church basements, and churches have bells that go off every hour.

    I think he's rejecting AA's ideas, because he said "he's lived through it", which implies a negative experience with it.

    "Just do your best": No one is perfect, but do a little better, every day, for your own sanity.

    This is certainly not a "happy" song-- he becomes delusional, emotional, and angry, fill of regrets. I think he's trying to make the best out of a crappy situation, with humour (the "I hear things that aren't really there-- la la la").

    But he IS making the best of the situation: Have humour and do your best.
    Banana101on July 12, 2012   Link
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    General CommentCrackerfarm posted a video of Seth visiting the Martin Guitar factory back in March and in it, he talks about his solo record, The Mourning, The Silver, The Bell; he says that the mourning is the realization that something tragic has happened, the silver is something flashy that catches your eye - something you mistakenly interpret as a tool to overcome the mourning, and the bell represents clarity. It was cool to see him discuss it aloud, as I'd been wondering about the phrase ever since I heard it.
    prettybirdon October 11, 2012   Link

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