When You Gonna Get Sober

Words and Music by Alan Harkrader

About the Song

After seeing Jim Hudson in the bar a few times when I started back playing in Scottsdale, I noticed that he was not drinking. I asked him about it and he said "I got tired of looking at the bubble-gum stuck to the bottom of the barstool."


Lyrics

I got tired of looking at the bubblegum stuck to the bottom of the barstool
Got tired of everybody knowin' my name in every bar in the neighborhood
Got tired of hearin' people whisper " he's nothin' but a drunkin' fool
So I cleaned up my act got on the right track and now you don't look so cool

Oh when you gonna get sober? You oughta give it a try, if you don't you're gonna die.
Aren't you tired of sayin "here's mud in your eye"
When you gonna get sober? When you do you can come on home to me.

I got to know the taxie cab driver real well that they call when you're too drunk to drive
I pulled a whole lot of hair from that old dog that bit me well it's a wonder that I'm still alive
The only problem I couldn't drown out was the one that was drowning me
So I got CPR and I'm driving my car , now you can ride with me

Oh when you gonna get sober? You oughta give it a try, if you don't you're gonna die.
Aren't you tired of sayin "here's mud in your eye"
When you gonna get sober? When you do you can come on home to me.

Saw an old drinkin' buddy of mine the other day and I could tell that he was still drinkin'.
I said "man when you gonna give it a rest, when you gonna get some clear thinkin'?"
We had a lot of good times together, we were like two peas in a pod.
Now he's still out all night, but I saw the light and I'm takin' care of my body.

Oh when you gonna get sober? It's very enlightening, not at all frightening,
You wake up in the morning just glad to see the sunshine.
When you gonna get sober? When you do you can come on home to me.

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