Created By: FashionistState on October 4, 2010 Last Edited By: FashionistState on October 7, 2010
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Ode to Intoxication

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A lyrics trope: the vocalist sings about how great it is to get drunk, or high - usually with biting sarcasm. (However, not all of them have to be sarcastic...)

When the tongue-in-cheek version is used well, it can double as a less Anvilicious way of saying Drugs Are Bad.

Examples

  • Skold vs. KMFDM's track, "Alkohol". The title hints at the subject matter.
The devil goes by many names
Ceremonious libation
Pure intoxication
Lets get basted, shit-faced, wasted
  • Angelspit's "Elixir" is an interesting case. The general theme is that 'there's a drug for everything nowadays' but it also covers drug addiction - including the chorus, suggested as being from the 'point of view' of the addiction itself. There are a few interesting analyses on Songmeanings.net.
  • "High Times" by Jamiroquai.
You're a rock star
And some tin foil with a glass pipe
Is your guitar
  • Barenaked Ladies' "Alcohol".
  • The infamous "Beer" song set to the 1812 Overture/Overture to Carmen..
Oh, what gets you drunker quicker,
what is that malted liquor,
what comes in bottles or in cans?
BEER!
Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • October 5, 2010
    macroscopic
    What about when the lyrics are about how it actually is cool to get drunk/high? I can think of a lot more examples of that ilk.
  • October 5, 2010
    bluepenguin
    Barenaked Ladies' "Alcohol" definitely fits.
  • October 5, 2010
    FashionistState
    @macroscopic I never said they were all sarcastic so feel free to add some examples like that. :)
  • October 5, 2010
    NativeJovian
    There's the infamous "Beer" song set to the 1812 Overture.
    Oh, what gets you drunker quicker,
    what is that malted liquor,
    what comes in bottles or in cans?
    BEER!
  • October 5, 2010
    TrustBen
    "Heroin" by the Velvet Underground.
  • October 5, 2010
    Sheora
    Because I Got High by Afroman

    Beer! by Psychostick
  • October 5, 2010
    callsignecho
    Country Music has its fair share:

    • "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off" - Joe Nichols
    • "Alcohol" - Brad Paisley
    • "Ten Rounds with Jose Cuervo" - Tracy Byrd
  • October 5, 2010
    randomsurfer
    George Thoroughgood and the Destroyers:
  • October 5, 2010
    GymQuirk
    s/1812 Overture/Overture to Carmen/
  • October 5, 2010
    IronLion
    Eminem's "Drug Ballad".
  • October 5, 2010
    ElementX

    Oh wait these are all examples of how it is fun to get high/drunk... are we including those are not, because there should be a separate trope then.
  • October 5, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    The Polish heroicomical poem Monachomachia (literally "war of monks". It describes, in languege better suited for describing epic ancient battles, a theological dispute degenerating into a giant brawl) contains a piece praising the "love of the glass" after a cup of wine is used to end the brawl by starting a binge. (as you can guess, the author, himself a priest, didn't think much of the morality in the monasteries of his time)
  • October 5, 2010
    MetaFour
    • Korpiklaani has a bunch of these. "Vodka" is probably the most over-the-top.
      Drinking is good for you!
      Not anymore lonesome.
      Drinking is good for you!
      Oh you will feel awesome!
  • October 6, 2010
    c
    Irish folk song "Whiskey in the Jar".
  • October 6, 2010
    Imaginary
    Alanis Morissette's "On the Tequila"
  • October 6, 2010
    Pinata
    • Another George Thoroughgood example is "If You Don't Start Drinkin' (I'm Gonna Leave)".
    • Styx's "Light Up" and Boston's "Smokin'" aren't about tobacco, If You Know What I Mean.
    • Dr. Hook has "I Got Stoned And I Missed It", although that might be more of a Drugs Are Bad example.
  • October 6, 2010
    TwinBird
    There are a lot of songs named "Alcohol." The one that comes to mind instantly is Gang Greene's.

    And just off the top of my head, Clapton's "Cocaine," Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" (a euphemism for...).
  • October 7, 2010
    Kizor
    • The Finnish Olviräppi by Raptori uses the words of a bizarre poem by an 19th century Finnish author. Hearing "Hail, brown malted brew!" set in rap is one of the stranger moments in music.

    What, I can't say ä?
  • October 7, 2010
    Tzintzuntzan
    While I don't know enough about them, I suspect that there are enough old folk drinking songs to make a trope in themselves.
  • October 7, 2010
    FashionistState
    That's true. I guess it could be a subtrope.

    Well, it's launch-able now. I reckon there's enough examples here. Thanks for helping.
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