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According to the I Drink Songfacts, Mary Gauthier was given up by her birth mother and adopted by a couple from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she grew up. It was a tumultuous household, and her adoptive father was an alcoholic. In this song, she describes a typical night at home, with her father drinking and her mother crying.

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He'd get home at 5: 30, fix his drink
And sit down in his chair
Pick a fight with mama
Complain about us kids getting in his hair
At night he'd sit…

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