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->''"There are some songs which are never sung sober. "Nellie Dean" is one. So is any song beginning '"As I was a walking ...'"''

A simple way to indicate that a person is drunk is to have them sing a drunken song. It may be [[BawdySong bawdy]] or [[TearJerker weepily sentimental]], but it indicates inebriation even before you notice the slurred phrasing and lurching walk.

This was such a recurring trope in old British comedies that anyone who was drunk sang ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyKglXOymmc Nellie Dean]]'' and anyone singing ''Nellie Dean'' was drunk. It was useful cultural shorthand in the days before you could show a grown man pissing or puking in public.

See OdeToIntoxication for songs ''about'' getting drunk. Contrast OdeToSobriety... well, [[LyricalDissonance usually]].



* Creator/RobinWilliams improvised one of these. "Oh... that night you said my wife was fat, I knocked ya down, and shit in yer hat..."

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Constantine from ''ComicBook/{{Hellblazer}}'' tends to sing the bawdy kind when pissed out of his mind.
* Haddock and Franchise/{{Tintin}} start singing a Belgian song after they get drunk off wine-fumes in ''The Crab with the Golden Claws''.
* ''ComicBook/FunWithMilkAndCheese'': Milk & Cheese serenading an unfortunate Renaissance Fayre with their "Lusty Drinking Song". "Hear our Lusty Drinking Song! Blaah blaah blaah blaah! La la la, Drinking Song! Drinka-drinka Sonnnnnnggggg!"

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In an old ''Magazine/{{Punch}}'' cartoon, the natives of a Pacific Island hear the strains of ''Nellie Dean'' echoing from the crater of the local volcano and comment, "The gods are drunk again".

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''[[http://rangerboard.com/showthread.php?t=33965 Rangers of the Caribbean]]'' does this with the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' theme.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2726841/1/Rising_Star Rising Star]]'' uses a song that has appeared in multiple fanfics by the author, known as the [[BawdySong Cherry Pip Song]]. The [[http://JudasFm.deviantart.com/journal/The-Cherry-Pip-Song-269053294 lyrics]] are... questionably [[{{NSFW}} worksafe]].
* In [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9518583/1/11-Drunk-Nobodies-Play-Slender 11 Drunk Nobodies Play Slender]], [[VideoGame/KingdomHearts Demyx]] sings his variation on the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' theme song.
-->'''Demyx:''' ''Slender Man, Slender Man\\
Does whatever a Slender can\\
Can he swing, from a web?\\
I dunno, I'm way too drunk\\
Look out, he is the Slender Man''
* In ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'', [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent Creeper]] gets drunk from mead and sings some parts of the song "[[WesternAnimation/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch]]".

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' Foulfellow sings a drunken version of "An Actor's Life For Me."
* ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'''s "We're Gonna Hit the Big Boss For a Raise."
* Gaston's VillainSong from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' has elements of this.
* In ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', where one mouse calls BigBad Ratigan a "rat" during a song. Said mouse [[BerserkButton does not survive the consequences]].
* "Drink to the King" from ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceAndThePauper1995'' is one.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' the sailors bond over booze and "Show Me The Way To Go Home".
* Hellboy and Abe get drunk and sing Barry Manilow's "Can't Smile Without You" in ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy''.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''
** "A Pirate's Life For Me"
** And Gibbs singing "The Derelict" at the beginning of ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest Dead Man's Chest]]''.
* Many Ealing comedies and similar, for example in ''The Bargee'', Harry H Corbett is able to get out of his girlfriend's bed before her large, violent father gets home from the pub because he's singing ''Nellie Dean'' loudly.
* In ''Film/EuroTrip'', the American protagonists accidentally stumble into a private bar for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyIrXH-ITw4 burly, belligerent Manchester United fans.]] After narrowly avoiding getting their asses kicked by singing an altered version of "My Baby Takes the Morning Train" (ItMakesSenseInContext), the liquor starts flowing and the thugs join them in a rendition.
* In ''Film/AnimalHouse'' Delta Tau Chi sings "Louie Louie" completely unintelligibly.[[note]]Not that it's too much different than the original[[/note]]

* "A Wizard's Staff Has A Knob On The End" on Literature/{{Discworld}}, and the once heard, never forgotten Hedgehog Song. (Fans have worked out full sets of lyrics for both - the Hedgehog Song has, in canon, at least seventeen verses.)
** The full title of "the hedgehog song" is ''The Hedgehog Can Never Be Buggered At All''. That should give you an idea ''[[BestialityIsDepraved why]]'' it is never sung while sober.
** PlayedForLaughs in ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'' when the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse get drunk and start singing "We are poor little lambs who have lost our way"; indeed, they are so drunk that they forget most of the words [[spoiler: not to mention horses.]] [[labelnote:Trivia]] This used to be a common DrunkenSong in English media. It may have been originally been meant as a GeniusBonus, since it's the chorus from "Gentleman Rankers," an extremely dark poem by Creator/RudyardKipling that deals with alcoholism and losing one's social position due to spending too much on various pleasures.[[/labelnote]]
* Male characters in ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' '''never''' sing while sober. We're never told what exactly they're singing, but it tends to scare off any birds in the vicinity.
* Hagrid and Professor Slughorn in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' get drunk after after Aragog's funeral and sing a song called "Odo the Hero". Also in the film of the same name. In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'', Hagrid, Charlie and another wizard sing the song after getting drunk at Bill and Fleur's wedding.
* One ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures novel has Fitz waking up on a bench, trying to reconstruct what he did last night:
-->The last thing he remembered was joining in a singsong with a group of drunken tourists at Il-Eruk’s Tavern. He’d sung the song about the turnip fish.
--> This could be a reference to the actual song, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH084x3UYPQ Turnip Fish]]'' by The Sultans Of Ping.
** In the ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' novel ''Sky Pirates!'' a footnote reveals a proverb common to many planets that Franchise/BerniceSummerfield has visited:
-->"If a strange dark woman, after the tenth drink, suddenly begins to sing
--->What's that I hear? ''(put your hand to your ear)''\\
Upstairs in the attic? ''(point up)''\\
It is an elephant ''(make like a trunk)''\\
Riding around on a bicycle ''(stomp stupidly)''\\
It is an elephant ''(ditto last line but one)''\\
So ''chic'' and elegant ''(flounce!)''\\
With one trunk here and one tail there ''(thing with the trunk again, and then bump and grind)''
-->do not under any circumstances approach her for she shall immediately fall over and be violently and spectacularly ill on you."
* In ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'', when Gerald O'Hara is drunk, he sings a song called "Peg in a Low-Backed Car".
* In ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'', the titular vampire gets drunk at a vampire festival and sings an ode to ale.
* ''Literature/AgathaHAndTheClockworkPrincess'' has a drinking song about Baron Wulfenbach's CoolAirship. It's laden with innuendo about how large and powerful "the Baron's great big thing" is.
* In ''Literature/TheWitchlands'', the [[TheProphecy prophetic poem]] called Eridysi's Lament is most commonly known as that one song you can hear drunken sailors sing in every port.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Happens several times in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', e.g. Miles O'Brien and Julian Bashir singing "Jerusalem", or Worf singing Yet Another Klingon Battle Song with Miles or some grizzled Klingon veteran he's trying to cozy up to.
** All the Klingon songs are either opera or this. Both types are spectacularly [[BloodKnight gory]].
*** A ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]'' episode had Picard and his older brother get drunk and sing after they have a big fist fight.
* "Series/{{Blackadder}}'':
** "See the little goblin, see his little feet..."
** Also, "I'm Merlin, the Happy Pig".
** Both of which are probably also {{Bawdy Song}}s.
** This also leads Blackadder to a diagnosis as to why Lord Merchett is 'dying':
--> Queen: He was banging on the castle gate, falling over, and singing a strange song about a girl who possessed something called a...dicky-di-do?
--> Edmund: Oh, yes, it's a lovely old hymn, isn't it...
* In ''Series/{{Lost}}'', after Desmond drinks some bottles of (expensive) wine, he starts singing "The Celtic Song".
* "I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen," the song Ryley sings (badly) over the intercom in ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}: TOS'' during "The Naked Time."
* A game is made out of this on ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', The Irish Drinking song.
--> "Oh, high-dee-dye-dee-dye-dee-dye-dee-dye-dee-dye-dee-dye!"
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', Garabaldi sings "Show Me The Way To Go Home" on one occasion when drunk.
* The crew of ''Series/RedDwarf'' (minus Kryten), having been celebrating Rimmer's deathday, return to the ship singing "Show Me the Way to Go Home" while tracing three-dimensional esses in space. Later in the same episode, Rimmer sings "Someone to Watch Over Me" in a very plaintive manner. He then degenerates into high-pitched, tuneless humming.
* One episode of ''Series/BlackBooks'' has Bernard visit some friends and singing a very [[StylisticSuck Irish]] drinking song to their young son. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14iipXu5wA0 outtakes]] reveal that not only did Dylan Moran improvise it, he improvised a whole bunch of them.
* A season one episode of ''Series/MissionImpossible'' had Briggs wake up a man in a guarded hotel room by staggering down the hall outside the man's room while loudly singing a song of this nature. He wasn't actually drunk, but everyone else on that floor assumed he was.

* Folk Punk singer Pat the Bunny is the king of this trope, with references to getting smashed turning up in pretty much every johnny hobo and the freight trains. Perhaps the most straightforward of these is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR8GsqO7bDM "Whiskey is My Kind of Lullaby"]]
* Subverted by Richard Thompson's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-noSz2XsIY "God Loves A Drunk."]]
* Pretty much anything by Music/ThePogues, but most particularly "A Pair of Brown Eyes".
** The Wild Rover is an older song performed by the Pogues among many others. The lyrics make it an OdeToSobriety, but it's almost always sung ironically.
*** Their celtic-rock brethern in general fall in this trope, particularly Dropkick Murphy's "Shipping Up to Boston" and Music/FloggingMolly's "Drunken Lullabies."
*** The Dropkick Murphys also have the aptly titled "Kiss me, I'm Shitfaced"
** If you want more folk, The Ramblin Rover by Silly Wizard probably should never be sung sober.
** The band Music/GaelicStorm is taking the drinking song tradition to a new generation.
* Forty-Seven Ginger-Headed Sailors.
* Music/TomWaits' ''The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me)'' from ''Music/SmallChange'' is a tragicomic take on the drunken song. The pianist denies his own inebriation, anthropomorphizing various objects to pin the blame on, e.g: "The carpet needs a haircut..." while the vocals are slurred and the melody loops over itself intentionally to imitate a drunk pianist.
* The Irish folk song "Seven Drunken Nights", most famously performed by Music/TheDubliners. A man who comes home "as drunk as drunk could be" for seven consecutive nights to find evidence of [[YourCheatingHeart his wife cheating]], though [[BlatantLies she insists]] he's misunderstanding the situation because he's drunk. The song gets very [[BawdySong bawdy]] at the end, though how much depends on the particular version of it.
* Done in [[http://www.songstowearpantsto.com/songs/andrew-vs-the-wilderness/ this]] Music/SongsToWearPantsTo song where the instructions were to "[Not] sing the lyrics. Shout them out in a drunken sort of way."
* Music/{{Bondo}} has a song called "Fuck you I'm Drunk", which is probably more well known than they are.
* The Music/DeadKennedys "Too Drunk To Fuck". Music/NouvelleVague's cover took this to the next level: the lead singer actually sounded like she was hammered when they recorded it.
* Music/DamienRice's "Cheers, Darlin'" is a perfect example of this trope. Rice often makes a show of drinking while performing this song live.
* [[Music/HidetoMatsumoto hide's]] solo song "Drink or Die." Also taken to the next level in that he was likely drunk most of the time he performed it, and sort of a FunnyAneurysmMoment / HarsherInHindsight in that alcohol would later be a part of why he did actually die.
* "[[SomethingBlues Roadhouse Blues]]" by Music/TheDoors from ''Music/MorrisonHotel''. In true blues fashion, Jim Morrison was totally smashed when he recorded it.
** "Five to One" from ''Music/WaitingForTheSun'' might also count, if only because Morrison was plastered when he sang/shouted that, too.
*** When was Morrison not plastered?
* During the intro track for Music/RunningWild's "Port Royal", one can hear some drunk singing "Under Jolly Roger" from the band's last album.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAU4B4Fmhkg Cold Gin]]" by Music/{{KISS}}.
* A lot of Music/SteelyDan songs mention some kind of alcoholic beverage, or sound like they're either from the point of view of a morose drunk or about the results of a bender.
* Music/BobDylan has a few, although the most obvious is "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" from ''Music/Highway61Revisited'': it has a kind of drunken vibe from the very beginning, but the final verse confirms it:
-->I started out on burgundy \\
But soon hit the harder stuff \\
Everybody said they'd stand behind me \\
When the game got rough \\
But the joke was on me \\
There was nobody even there to bluff \\
I'm going back to New York City \\
I do believe I've had enough.
* Music/JoniMitchell's song "Talk to Me" from "Wild Things Run Fast", about begging for conversation from someone not willing to speak, gains entirely new context from its opening line:
-->There was a moon and a streetlamp \\
I didn't think I drank such a lot \\
Till I pissed a tequila anaconda the full length of the parking lot.
* Music/RobDougan's "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Drinking Song]]" is the weepily sentimental type, complete with descent into incoherent mumbling on the final chorus.
* "The 9th Scotch" by ''Music/NautilusPompilius''.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nKeZc61DLY If Drinking Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will)]]" by Music/GeorgeJones.
* An old example: "To Anacreon In Heaven" was written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a group of amateur musicians in 18th-century London to which he belonged, for their convivial gatherings involving music and song. It was dedicated to their namesake, the jovial Greek poet Anacreon, and [[OdeToIntoxication celebrated "Bacchus's vine"]] (particularly how it "intwined" with "[[ButLiquorIsQuicker the myrtle of Venus]]"). The song was the group's semi-official drinking song, and spread around the taverns of London, and then Britain and then the Empire, as it was not only rather catchy but also rather good as a measure of whether someone was drunk: as written, it required certain vocal acrobatics that your average person could handle sober, but would find more difficult as they grew more intoxicated. This song would, however, be a mere historical footnote were it not for one little thing: in 1814, an American, a resident of Baltimore, named Francis Scott Key felt inspired to write a poem about the British shelling of Fort [=McHenry=] in the UsefulNotes/WarOf1812--a poem whose meter perfectly fit Stafford Smith's tune. Thus "To Anacreon In Heaven" was immortalized...as the tune to "The Star-Spangled Banner."
* German comedian Frank Zander has "Ich trink auf dein Wohl, Marie". The cheer to Mary quickly turns into a BreakupSong.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' Hanseath is the Dwarvern god of War, Carousing and Alcohol. Prayers to him are generally sung or chanted and contain simple rhymes and frequent choruses. In other wards, prayers to him are generally drinking songs.

* In ''Film/TheProducers'', Max and Leo (along with some random drunk) sing "By the Light Of the Silvery Moon."
* As with everything else, [[JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples Shakespeare]] got there first:
** In ''Henry IV Part II'', Falstaff and assorted cronies get drunk and sing a song with a nonsensical refrain.
** And in ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'', Iago leads the singing in the Cyprus officers' mess. It's debatable whether he himself is drunk or just pretending, but both the songs are classic drunken efforts. ''King Stephen was a worthy peer, his breeches cost him half a crown ...''
** In ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'', Sir Toby Belch and Sir Anderew Ague-Cheek sing drunken songs in the middle of the night until interrupted by the Countess's manservant Malvolio.
* "The Same Old Music" from ''Vanities''.
* "If I Were a Bell" from ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls''.
* "Hot Lover" from the musical version of ''Theatre/TwoGentlemenOfVerona''.
* "Let's Toast" from the musical version of ''Literature/ThePrinceAndThePauper''.
* "Oom-Pah-Pah" from ''Theatre/{{Oliver}}'': "There's a little ditty they're singing in the city, espec'lly when they've been on the gin or the beer..."
* "The Story Of Tonight (Reprise)" from ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'', in which the main crew celebrate Hamilton's new marriage rather spiritedly. (In addition, Laurens is even drunk back when he introduces "Satisfied", possibly as a subtle DrowningMySorrows over Hamilton's marriage, given that some performances have him and Angelica share a meaningful glance right before the event.)
-->'''Lafayette:''' Raise a glass to freedom! (''Hey!'')\\
'''Laurens and Mulligan:''' Something you will never see again!\\
'''Mulligan:''' No matter what she tells you!\\
'''Lafayette:''' Let's have another round tonight!\\
'''Laurens:''' Raise a glass to the four of us! (''Ho!'')\\
'''Mulligan:''' To the newly not poor of us! (''Ahhh!'')\\
'''Lafayette:''' We'll tell the story of tonight!\\
'''Mulligan:''' Let's have another round...

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/MafiaII'', Joe and Eddie at one point drunkenly sing along to Dean Martin's "Return to Me" on the radio.
* In VideoGame/JakIIRenegade, Daxter offers to "help" Tess behind the bar and ends up getting totally wasted within the span of about thirty seconds, leading to him singing drunkenly for a little bit while Jak and Krew discuss the next mission.
* ''VideoGame/BetrayalInAntara'' has three different drinking songs in it, each of which has four verses. You can find people singing one verse of one song in many of the taverns/inns in the game.
* ''[[VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards]]'' has no songs, but "poor little lamb who has lost his way"[[labelnote:*]]"And also his bladder control."[[/labelnote]] is quoted to describe a drunk.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Literature/ThaliasMusings'', Thalia's sisters Terpsichore and Euterpe compose one of these during a WildTeenParty. Any rhythmic resemblance to [[Music/{{Kesha}} contemporary drinking songs]] is entirely coincidental.
-->[[http://thaliasmusingsnovels.wordpress.com/2011/05/20/playwright-laureate/ "All the mortals lining up 'cause they wanting to snag us,]]\\
But we throw them to the wolves unless they look like Priapus."

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* For some odd reason, "Sweet Adeline" is rarely performed sober in cartoons.
** Slightly subverted in the "Homer's Barbershop Quartet episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': the Be Sharps sing it, but then, the lead vocalist is [[TheAlcoholic Barney]].
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'':
** "The Near Future", [[RefrainFromAssuming best known]] for the line "How dry I am," is heard often during drunken antics.
** In ''WesternAnimation/PorkysDuckHunt'', a group of fish get drunk from a leaking beer barrel, hop into a rowboat and sing a chorus of "Moonlight Bay".
** In ''Trap-Happy Porky'', a group of cats Porky hired to rid him of mice end up getting drunk and start singing "Moonlight Bay". Porky tries to get rid of them by bringing in a bulldog, only for him to sing "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" with the cats. At this point, Porky gives up and joins the chorus as the cartoon ends.