"Drunk" as written by Ed Sheeran and Jake Gosling....
I wanna be drunk when I wake up
On the right side of the wrong bed
And every excuse I made up
Tell you the truth I hate
What didn't kill me
It never made me stronger at all
Love will scar your make-up lip sticks to me
So now I'll maybe leave back there
I'm sat here wishing I was sober
I know I'll never hold you like I used to

But our house gets cold when you cut the heating
Without you to hold I'll be freezing
Can't rely on my heart to beat it
'Cause you take part of it every evening
Take words out of my mouth just from breathing
Replace with phrases like when you're leaving me

Should I, should I?
Maybe I'll get drunk again
I'll be drunk again
I'll be drunk again
To feel a little love

I wanna hold your heart in both hands
I'll watch it fizzle at the bottom of a Coke can
And I've got no plans for the weekend
So shall we speak then
Keep it between friends
Though I know you'll never love me like you used to

There maybe other people like us
You see the flicker of the clip when they light up
Flames just create us, burns don't heal like before
You don't hold me anymore

On cold days Coldplay's out like the band's the name
I know I can't heal things with a hand shake
You know I can't change as I began saying
You cut me wide open like landscape
Open bottles of beer but never champagne
To applaud you with the sound that my hands make

Should I, should I?
Maybe I'll get drunk again
I'll be drunk again
I'll be drunk again
To feel a little love

All by myself
I'm here again
All by myself
You know I'll never change
All by myself
All by myself
I'm just drunk again
I'll be drunk again
I'll be drunk again
To feel a little love


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"Drunk" as written by Ed Sheeran Jake Gosling

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  • +7
    General CommentSo to me this song is about someone who has lost a loved one because of his own inability to change.
    He fells sorry for that and is only able to handle the pain by getting drunk. To stop his thoughts and everything. He knows that this behavior is wrong but hasn't found another way to cope with it jet. He wishes to stay in contact with this beloved person though he knows the other person won't love him like lovers do anymore (e.g. "so shall we speak then...").
    Lixeon December 08, 2011   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningI do agree to an extent with 'Lixe'
    I think this song is about this guy, who still has his head stuck in the past and that's all he ever really thinks about, is the past, although he wouldn't admit that.

    He always probably doesn't want to be to forward with the girl who once loved him, and is waiting for her to make the moves, but he has changed and obvious she wont feel the same about him again but that breaks him since he can't help how he has become and she's still the same.
    JaaadeMaffaaon March 11, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentPersonally, this song reminds me of a person who lost their girlfriend (or boyfriend) because they're an alcoholic. This person left him because he can't stop drinking- and this causes him to drink more, even though he knows that's why she left him.

    He's singing of the vicious cycle he's in. He hopes that when he wakes up he's still drunk so he doesn't think about how he spent the night with a random girl. Alcohol hasn't killed him (yet), but it isn't making him any stronger, either. He realizes this as he wakes up, and he thinks about his ex, and he wishes he was sober for her. He's sobering up and starting to think about how she's gone...

    Thinking of her makes him sad, and he starts asking himself if he should drink to cope with it, even though he knows he shouldn't... but he ends up drinking again just to feel "love"- or to be able to stop thinking of his ex and find a new toy for the night.

    "I wanna hold your heart in both hands
    I'll watch it fizzle at the bottom of a Coke can" - I think this is very symbolic. He knows his alcohol problem will destroy her if she were to come back to him (his addiction is the coke) but he still wants her to be his. Since he can't have this, he tells her he would still want to be friends with her. But "burns don't heal like before" meaning it's hard to be friends since neither of them are completely healed from the relationship (especially him).

    "On cold days Coldplay's out like the band's the name
    I know I can't heal things with a hand shake"
    He can't make the relationship better just by saying he'll change, because....

    "You know I can't change as I began saying
    You cut me wide open like landscape"
    He knows he can't change, and she knows that he's an alcoholic and can't change either.

    "Open bottles of beer but never champagne
    To applaud you with the sound that my hands make."
    Champange is for celebrating. He's not celebrating, he's mourning losing her love.

    And so, to cope with his sadness over her...... he drinks again. To feel love. And to end up on the right side of the wrong bed again in the morning, because someone else can distract him from his ex and his issues- at least until he begins to sober up again.

    I've dealt with alcoholic family members and boyfriends, and have had alcohol issues myself. This hits close to home for me.
    dontwaitformeon September 26, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcud u actually put some lyrics in ? thnx
    gaba1411on October 23, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI actually think the main theme with this song is the breakup. The alcohol issues he references are about coping with something that has just happened I believe. The reason I think this is the line:

    "Replace with phrases like when you're leaving me."

    But furthering on from that he says that he can't change and she's seen all of him "cute me wide open like landscape."

    I think the general theme of the song is a breakup that's just happened and was caused by his alcohol problems and he's considering whether to get drunk realising the irony of that situation.
    theshmemeon January 26, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPersonally, this song reminds me of a person who lost their girlfriend (or boyfriend) because they're an alcoholic. This person left him because he can't stop drinking- and this causes him to drink more, even though he knows that's why she left him.

    He's singing of the vicious cycle he's in. He hopes that when he wakes up he's still drunk so he doesn't think about how he spent the night with a random girl. Alcohol hasn't killed him (yet), but it isn't making him any stronger, either. He realizes this as he wakes up, and he thinks about his ex, and he wishes he was sober for her. He's sobering up and starting to think about how she's gone...

    Thinking of her makes him sad, and he starts asking himself if he should drink to cope with it, even though he knows he shouldn't... but he ends up drinking again just to feel "love"- or to be able to stop thinking of his ex and find a new toy for the night.

    "I wanna hold your heart in both hands
    I'll watch it fizzle at the bottom of a Coke can" - I think this is very symbolic. He knows his alcohol problem will destroy her if she were to come back to him (his addiction is the coke) but he still wants her to be his. Since he can't have this, he tells her he would still want to be friends with her. But "burns don't heal like before" meaning it's hard to be friends since neither of them are completely healed from the relationship (especially him).

    "On cold days Coldplay's out like the band's the name
    I know I can't heal things with a hand shake"
    He can't make the relationship better just by saying he'll change, because....

    "You know I can't change as I began saying
    You cut me wide open like landscape"
    He knows he can't change, and she knows that he's an alcoholic and can't change either.

    "Open bottles of beer but never champagne
    To applaud you with the sound that my hands make."
    Champange is for celebrating. He's not celebrating, he's mourning losing her love.

    And so, to cope with his sadness over her...... he drinks again. To feel love. And to end up on the right side of the wrong bed again in the morning, because someone else can distract him from his ex and his issues- at least until he begins to sober up again.

    I've dealt with alcoholic family members and boyfriends, and have had alcohol issues myself. This hits close to home for me.
    dontwaitformeon September 26, 2013   Link

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