"The Fourth Night of My Drinking" as written by and Patterson Hood....
On the first night of my drinking I was looking for my keys
I was half-blind and stinking and bloody at the knees
I had a built-in-fever and bright red cheeks
My checks and balances up shit creek

It was all in fun--I didn't hurt no one
Until I crawled back for more
Then there was damage done, but I made it home
And woke up on the floor

On the second night of my drinking i was looking for my car
And as luck would have it, I found it parked outside my favorite bar
I had a leather liver and lipstick streaks
I had a disposition of valleys and peaks

It was a lot of fun until I shot my gun
And the neighbors called the law
They didn't take me in, but they let it sink in
That i was headed for a fall, headed for a fall

On the third night of my drinking I was yelling at your house
I had a stick in my hand and was convinced
Some man was in there hiding out
I had a foot on your door; you had me down on the floor
I woke up next morning and my jaw was sore

Then I was back at the bar and I was wanting some more
Then I was back at the bar and I was wanting some more
Then I was back at the bar and I was wanting some more
Until they tried to cut me off

On the fourth night of my drinking I had to go it all alone
As my friend's list was shrinking and I was sinking like a stone
I had a steely eye; I had a mouth full of grit; my disposition had gone full tilt
There was a taste in my mouth; I wasn't liking it

Guess it will be through with me before I'm through with it
Guess it will be through with me before I'm through with it
Guess it will be through with me before I'm through with it


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"The Fourth Night of My Drinking" as written by Patterson Hood

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    General CommentI absolutely love how the music goes with the rhythm of his binge. While he's drinking it's a steady driving pace, but during the recovery periods when he's down it's only half as fast. The first two nights it takes him 8 measures to recover and start it up again. On that third night is when he's lost, and it takes 12 measures of recovery. Plus the solo section which is back at the original tempo reflects that he has to drink that much more to get rolling again. After that, he's probably drowning. I don't think there's a happy ending here.
    SmellsHomelesson January 23, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWell, the meaning is pretty obvious. That last line is killer.
    Kate2121on June 29, 2010   Link

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