I Wish I Was Still Drinking

( Colin Hay / Chad Fischer )

I wish I was still drinking whiskey, wine and beer
The sound of glasses clinking, so sweet to my ear
I wouldn’t have to listen to the time that’s running out
I’d use it much more wisely, I’d drink and fall about

I wish I was still drinking, then I’d have no fear
I’d tell you how to fix the world then have another beer
I wouldn’t have to feel the pain that’s in a mother’s eyes
I’d drink ’til I believed the sound, of my own drunken lies

I wish I was still drinking, when nothing is too clear
Like the TV evangelist, fuelling peoples fear
Taking all their hard earned cash in the name of the Holy One
Their days are surely numbered, their day will surely come

I wish I was still drinking, I was a lot more fun
Life of the endless party, friends with anyone
I wouldn’t have to answer for the promises I broke
Like the President today, or when he drank and snorted coke

I wish I was still drinking, then I wouldn’t have to hear
The sound of rapid gunfire, exploding in my ear,
I’d drink through the nightmares of friends crying out for help
I’d drink through everything I’ve seen or heard of felt

I wish I was still drinking, no I really, really do
I’d gather all my fair-weather friends like him and her and you
I’d count all the missing teeth, that can no longer chew
I’d even drive my old white car, ’cause she likes drinking too

I wish I was still drinking whiskey, wine and beer
The sound of glasses clinking, so sweet to my ear
I wouldn’t have to listen to the time that’s running out
I’d use it much more wisely, I’d drink and fall about