Patterson Hood may be the outspoken front man, Jason Isbell may be boy genius, Shonna Tucker might be Isbell's ex-wife and a hell of a whiskey slugger, and Spooner Oldham might be a living, breathing rock legend, but lately I've been appreciating Mike Cooley's work with The Drive-By Truckers. On each album over the course of their career, one of the Truckers seems to have the better batch of songs, and on the latest, I think it's Cooley. So ahead of tonight's official Rockist outing to catch DBT at the 9:30, here are the all-time best lyrics from Cooley tunes:
"I went stumbling through the fog trying to find a reason for the things I told her / She woke up sunny side down and I was still thinking I was too proud to flip her over / Between the champagne hand jobs and the kissing ass by everyone involved / Cocaine rich comes quick and that's why the small dicks have it all." - Gravity's Gone
"If the part about being who he was didn't help Tom get loose, what's a guy without a T. gonna get? / Totally screwed, while chicken wing puke eats the candy apple red off his Corvette." - Three Dimes Down
"Well, my daddy didn’t pull out, but he never apologized / Rock and Roll means well, but it can’t help tellin’ young boys lies." - Marry Me
"Mr. Phillips never blew enough hot air to need a little gold plated paperweight / He promised him a Cadillac and put the wind in Carl's face / He did just what he said he was gonna do and the money came in sacks / New contracts and Carl Perkins' Cadillac." - Carl Perkins' Cadillac
The Drive By Truckers - "Women Without Whiskey" (Live)
*On a side note, check out Chris Klimek's interview with Patterson Hood on DCist ahead of the band's two shows at the 9:30 Club this weekend. A particular quote I like: "You can be in Seattle, which is a pretty cosmopolitan, liberal, blue-state American city, but get in your car and drive 25 minutes outside of town, and it could be Georgia with different trees."