Five Sad Toasts to the 21st Amendment
What's the Use of Getting Sober (1942)
It was 80 years ago this week that prohibition was repealed.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.
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.