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The Point of “Pointless Drinking”

So what is LaVere’s eternal barfly, that drinker at the end of the bar dispensing a bit of 80 proof wisdom, telling us? Is “Pointless Drinking” meant to be some sort of cautionary tale, a plea to abstain? The song is not so much a soap box lecture as it is a reflection about poor choices. Those of us who imbibe know alcohol and poor choices (like cheap and Walmart) tend to go together.

Any sort of serious drinking requires some serious thought about why you’re drinking. Amy LaVere’s “Pointless Drinking” shows us that drinking without a point is to end up in a world of hurt when you get to the bottom of the bottle.


Drinking is something to do when there is nothing else to do.


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