Drunk And Fucked Up.

A number of years ago, way back in the mists of time (well, the early 2000’s), I came crashing out of a relationship, and into a year in college, making friends and socialising. Naturally enough, my music tastes leaned, even for me, towards the more melancholy, and a mix CD I created at the time spent months on repeat. It’s name? “Drunk and Fucked Up”.

From D&FU (volume 1 – although I never did end up making a volume 2…), I give you two of my friends. Two people who got me through tough times. Two men who let me wallow until I healed. Now, I listen to these songs with a wonderful wistfulness.

tommcrae

Up first, the man who has been with me through a few break-ups, Tom McRae, with his cover of Alain Bashung’s “La Nuit Je Mens”. I’m currently searching for the proper English translation – expect an update soon. For now, I’ll let Tom take it…Piano, guitar, that voice, and a building swell…

On m’a vu dans le Vercors
Sauter à l’élastique
Voleur d’amphores
Au fond des criques
J’ai fait la cour à des murènes
J’ai fait l’amour
J’ai fait le mort
T’étais pas née
A la station balnéaire
Tu t’es pas fait prier
J’étais gant de crin, geyser
Pour un peu, je trempais
Histoire d’eau

La nuit je mens
Je prends des trains
A travers la plaine
La nuit je mens
Je m’en lave les mains.
J’ai dans les bottes
Des montagnes de questions
Où subsiste encore ton écho
Où subsiste encore ton écho

J’ai fait la saison
Dans cette boite crânienne
Tes pensées, je les faisais miennes
T’accaparer, seulement t’accaparer
D’estrade en estrade
J’ai fait danser tant de malentendus
Des kilomètres de vie en rose
Un jour au cirque
Un autre a chercher a te plaire
Dresseur de loulous
Dynamiteur d’aqueducs

La nuit je mens
Je prends des trains
A travers la plaine
La nuit je mens
Effrontément
J’ai dans les bottes
Des montagnes de questions
Ou subsiste encore ton écho
Ou subsiste encore ton écho

On m’a vu dans le Vercors
Sauter à l’élastique
Voleur d’amphores
Au fond des criques
J’ai fait la cour à des murènes
J’ai fait l’amour
J’ai fait le mort
T’étais pas née

La nuit je mens
Je prends des trains
A travers la plaine
La nuit je mens
Je m’en lave les mains
J’ai dans les bottes
Des montagnes de questions
Où subsiste encore ton écho
Où subsiste encore ton écho

La nuit je mens
Je prends des trains
A travers la plaine
La nuit je mens
Je m’en lave les mains
J’ai dans les bottes
Des montagnes de questions
Où subsiste encore ton écho
Où subsiste encore ton écho

ryanadams

And from Ryan Adams, I give you “The Bar is a Beautiful Place”. Ryan, a piano, and a piece of music that will raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Given Ryan’s own history of heavy alcohol intake, this song takes on even more resonance.

I hang my head down on Hollywood
‘Cause either way you look down it’s just stars
And I’m making my way down the Cherokee
To get drunk in a bar
And I know my friends, they worry about me
I can see it written on their face
Despite anything that I said before
The bar is a beautiful place. . . . sha na na na, sha la la la la

I got a cold in my heart that the doctor can’t feel
He said “go get you a beer”
But they don’t let the sunshine come in here
Sha la, sha la la la

Where the hookers and thieves and the junkies play
It’s a circus round here for sure
And I worry about how I’m fitting in
If I only had her
And I know my friends they worry about me
I can see it written on their face
But despite anything I might have said before,
The bar is a beautiful place. . . . sha na na na, sha la la la la

Ain’t it strange, I see your face in the window of a store
Holding me back from throwing my bottles out at the cars
Sha la, sha la la la

So hey there, Mrs. Samuels
Hey Laura, I’m thinking of you
Would you take an old drunk as-is
If he was sweet to you
And tomorrow, you’ll probably give up on me
I won’t blame you, hell I’ll celebrate
‘Cause despite anything you may have said to me
The bar is a beautiful place. . . . sha na na na, sha la la

Tom McRae – La Nuit Je Mens

Ryan Adams – The Bar Is A Beautiful Place To Be

www: Tom McRae , Ryan Adams

6 comments

  1. I cannot believe I’d never heard this Bashung cover by Tom!!! What else have you been keeping from me?
    I’ve to get the whole D&FU album off you, it seems. I’d swap it for one of my many equivalent playlists, but there’s too much Radiohead in them for your liking.

  2. i found your page searching for this song by tom mcrae, but now i’m going through times like “that” and I’d like to know the rest of the Drunk and Fucked Up too… i smell elliott smith, iron & wine on it…
    if you mail the tracklist to me, it’d be cool
    thanx

    P

    1. I’m afraid the rest of the D&FU tracklist isn’t quite as eclectic as it could be. But will help through troubled times. Hope things improve, P. They always do.

      Ryan Adams – Firecracker
      Ryan Adams – Desire
      Ryan Adams – Nuclear
      Tom McRae – La Nuit Je Mens
      Train – Hopelessly
      Matchbox 20 – Leave
      Paul Westerberg – It’s a Wonderful Lie
      Damien Rice – The Blowers Daughter
      Damien Rice – Cannonball
      Damien Rice – Older Chests
      David Gray – This Years Love
      David Gray – Say Hello Wave Goodbye
      Howie Day – She Says
      Howie Day – Ghost
      Ryan Adams – The Bar is a Beautiful Place
      Ryan Adams – Cannonball Days

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