“I Was Drunk Last Night”


"I was drunk last night, my darlin', And drunk the night before, But if ever I get sober, I'll never get drunk any more. Beautiful light o'er the sea...." "An' now I'll gather the roses To twine in my long braided hair...."


This song is, in a way, impressive: In the space of twelve lines, it manages to invoke three songs: a "Never Get Drunk Any More" piece, the hymn "Beautiful Light," and something similar to "Wildwood Flower." Now all it needs is a stanza of a murder ballad to include every song-type known to humanity. - RBW

Not quite; it doesn't mention trains, trucks, prison, or mama. -PJS

"Trucks"? What do you think this is? A Nashville Nonsense Index? :-) - RBW

Cross references


  • Red Patterson's Log Rollers, "I'll Never Get Drunk Any More" (Victor 20936, 1927)
  • Riley Puckett, "I'll Never Get Drunk Anymore" (Columbia 15063, 1926)


  1. Randolph 407, "I Was Drunk Last Night" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #7681
  3. BI, R407


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1934 (Randolph)
Found in: US(So)