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Thread #24205   Message #2232563
Posted By: Jim Dixon
09-Jan-08 - 07:15 PM
Thread Name: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
Subject: Lyr Add: WHITE WINOS (Loudon Wainwright III)
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WHITE WINOS
Loudon Wainwright III

Mother liked her white wine when she was alive.
She was desperate to live, but her limit was five.
Carefully I'd kiss her, send her off to bed.
We always stuck with white wine. We stayed away from red.
Always stick with white wine. Stay away from—

Mother liked her white wine. She'd have a glass or two
Almost ev'ry single night after her day was through:
Sancerre, chardonnay, Chablis, pinot grigio,
Just to take the edge off, just to get the glow.
You've got to take the edge off if you want to get the—

Mother liked her white wine. She'd have a glass or three,
And we'd sit out on the screen porch, white winos, mom and me.
We'd talk about her childhood, recap my career.
When we got to my father, that was when I'd switch to beer.
We got to the old man and I'd always switch to—

Mother liked her white wine. She'd have a glass or four,
Each empty bottle a dead soldier. The marriage was no more.
When we blurred the edges, when we drank a lot,
That's when I got nervous, when the glow got hot.
I always get nervous when the glow gets—

I still like my white wine and I'll have a glass or two,
And when I'm down, I'll drink some whiskey. It's something I shouldn't do.
And ev'ry now and then I'll take a drop of red,
When I'm with a woman that I want to take to bed,
When I'm with a woman that I want to take—

Mother liked her white wine when she was alive.
She was desperate to live, but her limit was five.
Carefully I'd kiss her, send her off to bed.
Thank God we stuck to white wine and we stayed away from—
Mother liked her white wine.

[Recorded by Loudon Wainwright III on his album "Last Man on Earth," 2001. It's also featured in the soundtrack of the film "28 Days," and on the soundtrack album.]