"Milk And Alcohol" as written by Nicholas Orain Lowe and John Philip Mayo....
White boy in town
Big black, blue sound
Night club, I paid in
I got a stamp on my skin
Main attraction dead on his feet
Black man rhythm with a white boy beat
They got him on milk and alcohol
They got him on milk and alcohol
Stay put I want to go
Hard work, bad show
More liquor, it don't help
He's gonna die, it breaks my heart
I decided eventually
This ain't doing a thing for me
They got him on milk and alcohol
They got him on milk and alcohol

They got him on milk and alcohol
They got him on milk and alcohol
They got him on milk and alcohol
They got him on milk and alcohol
Got up, I walked out
To the car, start it up
Feel bad, sad night
I never saw a red light
Sirens were a screamin' all around
I pulled on over and I shut her down
A black cop gave me a shove with his gun
Said up against the wall and don't make a run
They got me on milk and alcohol
They got me on milk and alcohol


Lyrics submitted by gothic_hobbit

"Milk and Alcohol" as written by Nick Lowe John Mayo

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Milk And Alcohol song meanings
Add your thoughts

1 Comment

sort form View by:
  • 0
    General Comment"Milk and Alcohol" is a song by the band Dr. Feelgood that ranked on Britain's top-10 hit singles chart in 1979. Written by Nick Lowe and Gypie Mayo, and produced by Richard Gottehrer, the song was Dr. Feelgood's biggest hit and continues to be played by the band.
    "Milk and Alcohol", written in 1978 by Nick Lowe and John "Gypie" Mayo, reportedly retells Lowe's 1970s experiences drinking one too many Kahlúa-milk drinks at or after a United States concert by legendary bluesman John Lee Hooker. However, while the song anonymously criticises Hooker ("Main attraction dead on his feet, Black man rhythm with a white boy beat"), ironically it was inspired by Hooker's own lyric about "milk, cream and alcohol".The song was recorded in 1978 and first appeared on Private Practice, an album by Dr. Feelgood that was released in October 1978.The heavy riffs on "Milk and Alcohol" were added by Mayo, a guitarist who replaced the less mainstream guitarist Wilko Johnson in 1978 after Johnson left the band as a result of an argument over the recording of Dr. Feelgood's fourth album, Sneakin' Suspicion (1977).
    "Milk and Alcohol" was released as a single in January 1979.The vinyl material of the single record was issued in the three colours of black, white and brown, with the white and brown meant to call to mind white milk and brown alcohol.[9] The outline of a Kahlúa bottle appears on the record sleeve. The background around the bottle on the different record sleeves was varied to match the vinyl colour.
    The song reached Britain's top-10 hit singles chart the same month in which it was released. The track reached #9 in the United Kingdom chart, in part due to the song's reference to the milk and alcohol drink, and spent nine weeks in the listing. Capitalizing on the notoriety the song brought, the band presented "Milk and Alcohol" live to audiences around the world in 1979, including in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, Russia and the United States.
    "Milk and Alcohol" was the band's fourth hit single in the United Kingdom, and their only Top 10 single in the UK Singles Chart. In 1979, the musical world was perceived as being dominated by "fey glam-rockers and 15-minute Mellotron solos." When "Milk and Alcohol" was played in the pubs of Canvey Island in the late 1970s, the song came across as a radical departure that contributed to "a short, sharp shock of roots rock." For a while, the song lead to some drinking both alcohol and milk while listing to Dr. Feelgood perform live.
    In April 1989 a remix "Milk and Alcohol (New Recipe)" was issued by EMI in both 7" vinyl ((EM 89) with "She's Got Her Eyes on You" as the B Side) and 12" vinyl ((12 EM 89) with "She's Got Her Eyes on You" and "Mad Man Blues" on the B side).
    In 1997, "Milk and Alcohol" continued to be played by the band while making the rounds of the world's pubs, clubs and concert halls. However, by 2003, "Milk and Alcohol" was seen as a "forgotten gem"[17] and was listed at number nine on "Moozak Top Ten", a tongue-in-cheek "cow music" listing that included entries such as "Bovinian Rhapsody", a wordplay on the popular 1975 song "Bohemian Rhapsody," and "You can cull me Al", a wordplay on the popular 1986 song "You Can Call Me Al."With the band continuing to present the song in concerts, the music community regained respect for the song. In 2005, the band's biggest hit was being called a "classic." In that same year, "Milk and Alcohol" was considered by the music magazine Q in its compilation of the top ten cigarettes and alcohol songs for the ultimate soundtrack to a drinking session, but lost out to the 1987 song "Nightrain" by the American rock band, Guns N' Roses. Mayo's guitar performance on "Milk and Alcohol", which ranked as number four on a 2005 list of the top ten great British guitar heroes, was cited in that same listing for waking "a generation of guitarists up to the sheer power and energy" of the guitar.
    Three decades after reaching Britain's top ten, "Milk and Alcohol" continues to be a popular choice for the band during its concerts
    sepultura1987on January 12, 2011   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain