Lyrical Breakdown and Timeline: Sam Hunt’s “Drinkin’ Too Much”

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After months of laying low and promising new music when “it’s ready,” Sam Hunt released the super personal and very detailed ”
Drinkin’ Too Much” for fans at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day. The lyrics feature several specific moments and stories he shared with Hannah Lee Fowler, the girl most of his debut album is about. She’s also the girl he’s engaged to.

But, what does it all mean? I broke it down as much as possible.

Oh, I drink and take a sip of it
Feelin’ like a hypocrite

Go for more and I don’t give a shit

I never used to talk, I never used to talk like this


[Verse 1]
I’m sorry I named the album ‘Montevallo’
And I’m sorry people know your name now
Hunt’s debut album was named after the town Hannah Lee Fowler is from. It’s smack dab in the middle of Alabama, in between Birmingham and Montgomery on Highway 119.


And strangers hit you up on social media
I’m sorry you can’t listen to the radio
And drive out to the place we used to get peaches down in Pelham
There are a number of places to pick your own peaches near Pelham, Alabama– 11 farms, actually.


I know you want your privacy
And you’ve got nothing to say to me
But I wish you’d let me pay off your student loans
Fowler graduated high school from Evangel Christian School in 2006, but no word on her college degree.

To these songs you gave to me
‘Member the first time you stayed with me?
Overpacked, and drove up, and went to the CMA’s with me
This was likely 2012– Kenny Chesney’s “Come Over” was nominated for Music Video of the Year– Hunt co-wrote the tune.


Two years later, it felt like you were a million miles away from me
And I was the one on stage, drunk
Barely holdin’ on, on ABC
Hope your dad still prays for me
Hunt presented an award in 2014, but didn’t perform at the show until 2015.

[Chorus]

Drinkin’ too much, drinkin’ too much
Since you been gone, I can’t get gone enough
I’m on top of the world, I’m going down
I’m gonna drink it all ’til you’re not around
Drinkin’ too much, drinkin’ too much
Since you been gone, I can’t get gone enough
I’m on top of the world, I’m going down
I’m gonna drink it all ’til you’re not around

[Verse 2]
A year ago I was in a hotel room in Phoenix
On January 28, 2015 Hunt was a part of the DIRECTV Super Fan Festival before the Super Bowl.


Wonderin’ if it’s ever OK to lie
Cause I knew the truth would make you wanna die
But I told you everything, and you told me to have a good life
But you still couldn’t believe it was really goodbye
Every night you’d fill the bathtub up
Lie there for hours, put your face under water, and cry
I never wanted to be a heartbreaker
Turn your sisters and friends into matchmakers
Assuming this is speculation on Hunt’s part.


I know you think my dreams came true
Hunt was nominated for the all-genre Best New Artist at the GRAMMYs, countless CMA and ACM Awards, plus a slew of others. Montevallo produced four No. 1 singles and went 2x Platinum.


Since you been gone
Singin’ these songs are just something to do
Every dream I ever had was you
Hope you know I’m still in love
It’s the kind you can’t fall out of

[Chorus]
Drinkin’ too much, drinkin’ too much
Since you been gone, I can’t get gone enough
I’m on top of the world, I’m going down
I’m gonna drink it all ’til you’re not around
Drinkin’ too much, drinkin’ too much
Since you been gone, I can’t get gone enough
I’m on top of the world, I’m going down
I’m gonna drink it all ’til you’re not around

[Verse 2]
I know this might seem like a contradiction
The last thing you need is more unwanted attention
But you changed your number, and moved
And this is the only way I could reach you
So wherever you are, turn it up and listen

[Outro]
Hannah Lee, I’m on my way to you
Nobody can love you like I do
I don’t know what I’m gonna say to you
But I know there ain’t no way, I know there ain’t no way
No there ain’t no way we’re through
No idea when Fowler heard the song, but by the summer of 2016 Hunt was posting photos of her all over his Instagram.

The pair’s engagement was confirmed on January 2, 2017.

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