"Drunk on You" (CD Single)

Music review by
Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
"Drunk on You" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Country-pop hit mixes drinking with dating and driving.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

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Positive Messages

"Drunk on You" is a romantic song in which the singer recalls happy times when his lover was "dancin' on the tailgate in a full moon," and drinking whisky from a paper cup. The feelings of the singer for his lover are all about physical attraction, with a little alcohol thrown in for good measure: "Well if you ain't a 10, you're a 9.9 / Tippin' and spillin' that homemade wine on your tied-up, T-shirt ..."

Positive Role Models & Representations

The singer and his lover get their "party started" with "Crown in a Dixie cup" or "homemade wine" on the tailgate of a pickup; alcohol plus driving equals a pretty poor role model. Also, the singer goes on about his lover's beauty and his attraction to her, but no love or other feelings are mentioned.


The object of the singer's attraction is apparently dressed provocatively in Daisy Dukes ("You're lookin' so good in what's left of those blue jeans") and a tied-up T-shirt. The lyrics mention kissing leading to arousal ("Every little kiss is drivin' me wild, throwin' little cherry bombs into my fire"). There's also a reference to genitalia: "Drip of honey on the money maker gotta be the best buzz I'm ever gonna find." And it sounds as if they might go skinny-dipping: "And when it gets a little bit hotter / We'll take it off on out in the water."


Two brand-names mentioned: the singer recalls pouring "Crown" (Crown Royal whiskey) in a Dixie cup.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The singer mentions being "high on summertime"; these phrases suggest an emotional high. However, in the song the singer and his lover drink Crown (whiskey) from a Dixie cup, and she spills "homemade wine" on her tied-up T-shirt. The use of alcohol by adults wouldn't be as notable if it weren't for the fact that the drinking occurs in this context: "Sunset, riverside, four wheel drive and a tail light circle / Roll down the windows, turn it on up / Pour a little Crown in a Dixie cup." So, there's not just drinking, but apparently drinking and driving.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Luke Bryan's country-pop "Drunk on You" is a love song of a man remembering happy times with his lover and expressing his attraction for her. However, he focuses on the lover's superficial assets: how she looks in her short cutoffs, the way her dancing on the tailgate of his truck "makes a man go mhmm mhmm." There's one sexual reference ("Drip of honey on the money maker"), several references to drinking booze, and, most concerning, alcohol is consumed in the truck, though it's parked. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCelestine E. September 27, 2013
Parent of a 7-year-old Written bygirlsmitten March 15, 2013

There's better things to listen to

All you have to do is listen to the song to realize it's not for kids.
Teen, 15 years old Written byrockonamy July 26, 2012


This song is about being drunk on SOMEONE not alchohol!There is only one sexual referance and one use of God's name in vain but over all good song

What's the story?

"DRUNK ON YOU" is a single from Luke Bryan's third album, Tailgates and Tanlines. Bryan is a young singer/songwriter from Georgia, but this song was written by Rodney Clawson, Josh Kear, and Chris Tompkins, three Nashville songwriters who between them have penned hits for superstars such as Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, and Martina McBride. The song is sung from the perspective of a man remembering fun times with his lover (including parking his truck by a river and drinking whisky and/or wine), and feeling strong physical attraction for her.

Is it any good?

"Drunk on You" is a polished, pop-country tune with a warm, summery feel. Luke Bryan has a tuneful, throaty voice, and he can be quite appealing. A few lines of the lyrics stand out as very atmospheric and detailed; the opening verse, in particular, with "The cotton wood fallin' like snow in July / Sunset, riverside, four wheel drive," sets a very vivid scene in an almost poetic way. However, the emotion expressed in the song is generally pretty superficial, and the rest basically focuses on how hot the girlfriend is.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fact that "Drunk on You" paints a sensual portrait of lovers drinking booze in a truck, but it's important to understand that drinking and driving, and drinking and dating, are dangerous.

  • What does the song title "Drunk on You" mean? Does it seem like the singer is in love?

  • "Drunk on You" paints a vivid scene of lovers by a riverside. Describe what you think the place in the song looks like. How does the songwriter create atmosphere in the song? Does the music video reflect your vision?

Music details

  • Artist: Luke Bryan
  • Release date: May 9, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Capitol
  • Genre: Country
  • Topics: Cars and Trucks
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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