Kris Kristofferson - Sunday Morning Coming Down.
The Jonny Cash version is better, I think.
But there's something to an original.
Beer for breakfast?
Sounds strange today, but in past centuries this was the norm, even in orphanages.
In fact, the first temperance societies did not include beer or cider in their prohibition campaigns at all.
Beer was not thought to be unhealthy – and I guess, for men who did a lot of physical labour, it wasn’t too bad. I still remember being surprised
at reading in a D.H. Lawrence novel (can’t remember which one), that the protagonist, though a drunk, was not physically damaged by his alcoholism
because he drank only beer. Lawrence probably wrote those words in the 1920s.
I wouldn’t say songs like ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’ were anti-prohibition. It’s not exactly a glamorous ‘lifestyle’ being portrayed in
them, is it?
Songs about alcoholism aren’t new. Here are a couple of old favourites:
Matthew Southern Comfort - The Ballad of Obray Ramsey.
It's amazing how that 1960's generation had so much musical ability.
People could really sing and play their instruments, and it wasn't just bad grunting to some power chords!
I hope those traditions aren't totally lost.
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