Heredity (Let's Drink Until We Die)

By shadowsinthelight

They won’t miss me at the meeting
As I quest for deeper meaning
I can see clearer in the fog
Further from myself, closer to God

I have a few dollars
And a pocket full of pills
I have a few hours
And a life to kill

Let us drink to ourselves
Let us toast to someone else
Raise your glasses to the sky
Now is the time for getting high
Let’s drink until we die
Let’s drink until we die

They say I am needing help
That I am damaging myself
I cannot escape me
So I turn into someone else

Now’s the time for getting high
Let’s drink until we die

My ex does not understand
My bruised kid will, when he is a man
A family gene tradition
Intoxication is our mission

Raise your glasses high
Let’s drink until we die

Face down, I have prefect world dreams
Vodka springs, red wine streams
Crystal falls of champagne
Sweet Kentucky bourbon rains

Raise your glasses to the sky
Let’s drink until we die

I think,
What drunk could ask for more
As I crawl across the barroom floor
To pray in a once white walled room
That my death will come soon

Raise your glasses high
Let’s drink until we die

Where the hell are my keys
Fuck you and your taxis
Help me up
I know I can drive
Hey Joe,
How ‘bout one for the road

Let us drink to ourselves
Let us toast to someone else
Raise your glasses to the sky
Now is the time for getting high
Let’s drink until we die
Let’s drink, let’s drink
Let’s drink until we die

Hello my name is so and so
I am an alcoholic, don’t you know
It’s been three months since my fall
Haven’t had a drop of alcohol
But my mind is not at ease
I still have this disease
Should I thank God
I am alive
Or that
I will still want that next drink
Until the day I die
Until the day I die . . .

© 1997 by steve giacomini

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Published on Tuesday, August 13, 2002.     Filed under: "Poetry"
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  • A former member wrote: Pretty cool little piece. I was amused by the rhyme.

  • A former member wrote: Cheers! Let's drink until we die. We should live forever less one day. What a wonderful world, love the assonance in this poem, it's strange how legal highs are more accepted but kill you quicker!

  • Alchemist On Thursday, November 10, 2011, Alchemist (860)By person wrote:

    I don't like the drugs but the drugs like me.

  • DarkPoet On Thursday, June 5, 2008, DarkPoet (245)By person wrote:

    A real toe tapper for sure. Scholar

  • Velvet_Raventon On Monday, July 14, 2008, Velvet_Raventon (458)By person wrote:

    Weren't you going to make a song out of this? ;)

  • Velvet_Raventon On Monday, July 14, 2008, Velvet_Raventon (458)By person wrote:

    Isn't it funny that I remembered you commented on this, and remembered the exact comment? :)

  • Reefer_rave On Monday, August 20, 2007, Reefer_rave (146)By person wrote:

    I have this favorited and just realized I never left anything... this just moves along perfect... it's amazingly on key

  • A former member wrote: Wow, thats unbelievable. A masterpiece, I think. That should be in the big book, man. Just wow.

  • Darkest_Addiction On Monday, November 28, 2005, Darkest_Addiction (45)By person wrote:

    sounds like me ....this is depressing but all to real

  • AniDayz On Wednesday, April 13, 2005, AniDayz (822)By person wrote:

    intoxicating[no punn intended]. this is severely sad and raw and real...decsribing such an addiction to the fucking capital T. this write reads like a reflection in the mirror.

  • rondant On Sunday, January 9, 2005, rondant (60)By person wrote:

    wow...are we related??? very good on this/////Ronda

  • A former member wrote: good flow very depressing

  • WikidGrrl On Friday, June 11, 2004, WikidGrrl (34)By person wrote:

    amazing!...addictions never heal DiE~aNa

  • Storm On Tuesday, May 18, 2004, Storm (147)By person wrote:

    A bit of black humor, 'twas great. Addiction is like that... you're never free from it whatever you do. This poem or song is just... wicked! In a cool sense. wow...

  • SilentStalker On Monday, December 15, 2003, SilentStalker (1091)By person wrote:

    ...this is truly accurate and full of does hit close to home for me as well...surprisingly I've pulled myself away from the bottle...been under six drinks a week for over a year now...nice one here... -Darun Scholar

  • unusual_blood On Friday, December 5, 2003, unusual_blood (83)By person wrote:

    This peice is insane. It's amazing. Greatly written. It'd be a good song, but it's a better poem. My cup is raised toasting this poem, Let us drink untill we die, let us drink untill we die ...

  • yslehc On Monday, October 20, 2003, yslehc (340)By person wrote:

    ahhh i love it.. i agree it should be a song.. good job

  • A former member wrote: Maybe if this one day becomes a song they will play it at my funeral when my liver finally disappears. But, then again, a fifth a day keeps the headache away. Great write. ~Urban Shipwreck~

  • A former member wrote: Wow. I've seen it...felt the emotion...and you portray it exactly.

  • Liz On Wednesday, August 20, 2003, Liz (272)By person wrote:

    If it weren't so horribly real, I'd want it to be made into a drinking song.

  • _Andrew_ On Tuesday, August 19, 2003, _Andrew_ (251)By person wrote:

    this piece brings a tear to my eye, im just reminded of my father and his drnking and driving, my mom drinking to depression, and now they both get drunk every night, but at least they're together... *~*aNDReW*~*

  • A former member wrote: You know...I've never commented on this piece until now because I watched it happen in my family. It was a very personal thing to have to go through...

  • A former member wrote: But now I feel much more comfortable in telling you that this piece just gives me the creeps. It always will I think. When I think of all the things I grew up around and went through involving this particular "Heredity" I just cringe.....

  • A former member wrote: But on the other hand I must admit this is a work of art and very well stated. It just ...well its just too close for comfort to me.

  • A former member wrote: **stands and applauds** wonderful, i love it

  • A former member wrote: Bravo, bravo, this is so great!

  • A former member wrote: "Intoxication is our mission" As Dionysus would have us do, so true. Kepp drinking, till you leave Lost Vegas w/ Cage.

  • A former member wrote: Clap! Clap! Clap! i absolutely and utterly loved it...i raise my glass to you! -melorra

  • A former member wrote: AMAZING!

  • Armand On Monday, April 7, 2003, Armand (61)By person wrote:

    WOW!!! this is Auld Lang Syne for the new generation. i raise my glass to you, Shadows, declaring you the Robert Burns of the 21st century. a truly excellent piece.

  • nell On Monday, March 31, 2003, nell (287)By person wrote:

    loved it great work i especially like the last line, this is one i have to show my friends

  • Jonas On Tuesday, March 25, 2003, Jonas (766)By person wrote:

    absolutely bad ass... i've seen this in the fav's section of many and finally checked it out... matt's right, this is a song, an excellent one (by mine and pop's standards) very apocolyptic, the end of all things... and who wants to remember that?

  • KittyStryker On Sunday, March 23, 2003, KittyStryker (736)By person wrote:

    I love it!

  • A former member wrote: Awesome poem. I wish I wrote that good

  • DarkPoet On Monday, March 17, 2003, DarkPoet (245)By person wrote:

    I want to make a song out of this. Most excellent. Scholar

  • liquid_emotion On Thursday, February 27, 2003, liquid_emotion (356)By person wrote:

    This one hits close to home

  • A former member wrote: write music to it and you'll be all set..

  • A former member wrote: as liquid emotion said, this one does hit close to home. i'm no alcoholic, but i do find myself craving the bliss of intoxcation more and more often, an i thought the way you wrote this was enchanting in its sorrow. i found the end esp poignant "Should I

  • A former member wrote: ...thank God I am alive Or that I will still want that next drink Until the day I die Until the day I die . . . " amazingly well done.

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