Song of the Day #4,320: ‘Have a Drink On Me’ – AC/DC

How many bands can put out a string of Platinum or multi-Platinum albums in a row, lose their lead singer and replace him in less than a year, then release one of the top-selling albums of all-time? That list starts and ends with AC/DC.

Bon Scott fronted the Australian rock band for five years, culminating with the massive 1979 hit album Highway to Hell. Then he died in the back seat of a car after a night of heavy drinking. The band held auditions for a new lead singer, landing on Brian Johnson, whose distinctive shrieking rasp helped make 1980’s Back in Black an all-time classic.

It might be considered bad taste to record a song about excessive drinking titled ‘Have a Drink On Me’ mere months after your frontman died of acute alcohol poisoning, but the band reportedly viewed it as a winking tribute to the late Bon Scott.

Those wacky Australians.

[Verse 1]
Whiskey, gin and brandy
With a glass, I’m pretty handy
I’m tryin’ to walk a straight line
On sour mash and cheap wine

[Pre-Chorus]
So, join me for a drink, boys
We’re gonna make a big noise
So, don’t worry about tomorrow
Take it today
Forget about the check, we’ll get hell to pay

[Chorus]
Have a drink on me
Yeah, have a drink on me
Yeah, have a drink on me
Have a drink on me

[Verse 2]
I’m dizzy, drunk and fighting
On tequila, white lightnin’
Yes, my glass is gettin’ shorter
On whiskey, ice and water

[Pre-Chorus]
Yeah, so come on, have a good time
And get blinded out of your mind
So, don’t worry about tomorrow
Take it today
Forget about the check, we’ll get hell to pay

[Hook]
Have a drink on me
Yeah, have a drink on me
Yeah, have a drink on me
Have a drink on me tonight
Get stoned

[Bridge]
Have a drink on me
Have a drink on me
Have a drink on me
Come on

[Outro]
Gonna roll around
Gonna hit the ground
Take another swig
Have another drink
Gonna drink you dry
Gonna get me high
Come on, all the boys make a noise

Have a drink on me (Have a drink on me)
Have a drink on me (Have a drink on me)
Ah, have a drink on me (Have a drink on me)

Have a drink on me
Have a drink on me
Have a drink
On me

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,320: ‘Have a Drink On Me’ – AC/DC

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    If by “lose” you mean die, then AC/DC might be the only one on the list, but Van Halen comes to mind as another example. David Lee Roth leaves in the height of that band’s success, and Sammy Hagar steps in with an equal or more successful album.

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