Five Sad Toasts to the 21st Amendment

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It was 80 years ago this week that prohibition was repealed. If you could legally drink on that day, the youngest you could be now is 101. While our nation's command over alcoholism didn't improve following the legal sale of alcohol, a lot less people went blind after screaming "shots!!!" in crowded, poorly lit spaces. Everybody's drinking soundtrack is different. Some folks like to cry and listen to Billy Joel. Others like to cry and listen to AC/DC but the results are usually the same: a car goes through a living room. Here are 5 sadsack toasts that wouldn't be possible without the 21st amendment.

Louis Jordan What's the Use of Getting Sober (1942)

I've been thinking
but I keep drinking.
I guess I'm about to lose my mind.

Even an upbeat guy like Louis Jordan likes to sing about drinking a pint every two hours in the morning.

Amos Milburn Let Me Go Home Whiskey (1953)

Let me go home whiskey,
let me walk out that door.
I got orders from my baby
not to come home juiced no more.

Amos Milburn sang about booze a lot. "Bad Bad Whiskey," "Good Good Whiskey," "Thinkin' and Drinkin'" "Just One More Drink" and about a dozen more. Sing about what you know, they say.



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5 comments
Alex Targonski
Alex Targonski

A lot of old people I know made a ton of money during prohibition!

Jon Lundin
Jon Lundin

They should legalize weed and criminalize alcohol again.

RocketJ
RocketJ topcommenter

Two better suggestions for Hag. Catch these and other uplifting numbers this Sunday at Pechanga.

Misery and Gin

But here I am again, mixin' misery and gin.
Sittin' with all my friends and talkin' to myself.
I look like I'm havin' a good time but any fool can tell,
That this Honky Tonk Heaven really makes ya' feel like hell.

I Think I'll Just Sit Here and Drink

Could be holding you tonight,
Could quit doing wrong, start doin' right.
You don't care about what I think.
I think I'll just stay here and drink.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@Jon Lundin  

I understand how you feel...I personally believe alcohol has caused far more damage than weed ever did or ever could. However, I also feel it's hypocritical to criminalize one vice while decriminalizing another...

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