I liked going to school, I didn’t want to fool around with drugs
Cuz all of my friends were dropping out
I had to get stuff done, I wasn’t fun
I didn’t try pot ‘til I was 21, but now I’m overcompensating

I’d like to see what morning looks like
Don’t wanna drink pint after pint
I wanna wake up without feeling sick
But I can’t cuz I’m a drug-abusing alcoholic

At 28 I realized hydrocodone was great
For hangovers and late night hangs
I decided to spend my life having the best of times
It’s too bad most of them I’ll probably forget

And now I know what morning looks like
But only when I greet it from the previous night
My friends are telling me that I need to find a clinic
But I won’t cuz I’m a drug-addicted alcoholic


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    My InterpretationSo is Fat Mike basically saying that he hates being an alcoholic and drug addict? Seems unlikely to me after years of it just being part of the NOFX world. Just wondering if anyone knows what FM's motivation was for writing this... anyone?
    stumblemanon August 06, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationMaybe it's not about him. Imagine him like an actor putting himself in the character of this man and then writing a song about himself.

    You know there are lots of guys who started life really bland and then... tipped over to the other extreme.

    I think not all songs are from an own perspective and it's great if the guys see other people's problems and rotten lives, not just the things they maybe had to face.
    milomon August 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm thinking Melvin wrote this considering he was the only one in the band to graduate high school....
    Loobyon August 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think the title is a nod to their earlier song "I wanna be an alcoholic". This one being "I AM an alcoholic"
    JeffKaos71on June 05, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI believe it's...

    "At 28, I realized hydrocodone was pretty great"
    mystidelicon June 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the irony of alcohol being a legal drug while being one of the most dangerous and hurtful of them and how a alcohol user most certainly is as much a drug user as anyone addicted to anything else.

    Cheers!
    stillracingon January 27, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the dude who said this song title is a nod at the older song "I Wanna be an Alcoholic", and I think the song is autobiographical. I believe Fat Mike is simply admitting he IS a drug using alcoholic, Fat Mike has never shyed away from the fact that he likes to drink and take prescription drugs and other recreational drugs (besides heroin). So I think he is just being honest when he says at 28 he discovered vicodin (hydrocodone), and that he is sick of waking up feeling like garbage. I can relate, of course by nighttime your ready to do it all over again though, lol!
    punker1984on May 08, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI agree with the dude who said this song title is a nod at the older song "I Wanna be an Alcoholic", and I think the song is autobiographical. I believe Fat Mike is simply admitting he IS a drug using alcoholic, Fat Mike has never shyed away from the fact that he likes to drink and take prescription drugs and other recreational drugs (besides heroin). So I think he is just being honest when he says at 28 he discovered vicodin (hydrocodone), and that he is sick of waking up feeling like garbage. I can relate, of course by nighttime your ready to do it all over again though, lol!
    punker1984on May 08, 2012   Link

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