The Six Best References To Drunk Driving In Song

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The trifecta may be sex, drugs, and rock & roll, but at some point you have to get from point A to point B. Against its better judgement, rock & roll has gotten behind the wheel while intoxicated several times. We are not endorsing such an activity, but the risk factor of driving while intoxicated has inspired some pretty stellar tracks. Here are the six best references to drunk driving in song. Feel free to comment on your favorites, but only if your blood alcohol content is lower than 0.08.

6. Death Cab For Cutie - "Champagne From A Paper Cup"
"I think I'm drunk enough to drive you home now"
Champagne From a Paper Cup by Death Cab for Cutie on Grooveshark
In an essay Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard wrote for Paste Magazine in 2008. he discussed his lyrical progression: "I decided a handful of years ago that I just want to write songs that you can understand as soon as you put the record on. There's no need to veil what's happening in the song the way I used to." This explains the directness of the band's last few albums, and also why he no longer produces tracks like 1998's "Champagne From A Paper Cup," which plays its vagueness like a hook. Opening line "I think I'm drunk enough to drive you home now" sets up the cloudy imagery that makes the tune comes off like a particularly unsettling Alice In Wonderland tea party dream sequence. Gibbard has written technically better songs over the last five-ish years, but none are this interactive and open-ended.

5. Montell Jordan - "This Is How We Do It"
"So I reach for my forty and I turn it up / Designated driver take the keys to my truck"
This is How we do it (lp Version) by Montell Jordan on Grooveshark
In fifth grade, everything I knew about hip-hop I learned from Montell Jordan's "This Is How We Do It." This includes the following terms: hood, gang-bangers, drive-by, old-school, O.G., mack, wanna-be player, and the difference between a lower-case g and big G (The latter has the money, hundred dollar bills, y'all). His plug for designated drivers is the one nugget of responsibility amidst all the forties and tipped-up cups. Maybe "This Is How We Do It" is a PSA in disguise.

4. Billy Joel - "You May Be Right"
"You told me not to drive / But I made it home alive / So you said that only proves that I'm insane"
You May Be Right by Billy Joel on Grooveshark
One could argue that the above lyrics refer to the "rode my motorcycle in the rain" phrase beforehand. But there's a potential DUI here, implied by the "Sunday came and trashed it out again" line in the previous verse. My guess is that Billy Joel, the piano man himself, has been told to chill on the booze more often than he's been warned about motorcycle safety.

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Jim
Jim

Best drunk driving song ever... "My own worst enemy"   by Lit

Daniel Hill
Daniel Hill

nofx - "Drive, Drive, Spill": "I'm not too worried about how many I kill / I'm much more concerned at how much beer I spill"

dawhizz
dawhizz

This needed a longer list.  Off the top of my head: "I drove home in the California dusk/I could feel the alcohol inside of me hum" (This Year, The Mountain Goats) "Have another drink and drive yourself home/I hope there's ice on all the roads/And you can think of me when you forget your seatbelt and again when your head goes through the windshield" (Seventy Times 7, Brand New)

Christophereck315
Christophereck315

"Drinking and Driving" by Black Flag might have been too obvious...

Brandon_frampton
Brandon_frampton

Afroman- "I drive better drunk". "Don't grab my keys when the party's over, I drive better drunk, than you do sober"

JL
JL

Uh... Passenger Side by Wilco. Best drinking and driving song ever. 

Jhess3000
Jhess3000

You forgot "Cruisin' And Boozin" by Sammy Hagar. Banned by KSHE and Sammy himself.

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