If you simply read the title of country singer Chris Janson’s new song “Drunk Girl,” you’d probably assume it’s a raucous celebration of a guy getting lucky or a funny look at the way women act when they’re overserved.
You’d be wrong with both those assumptions.
Instead, “Drunk Girl” is a call for guys to treat women with respect, even when they’ve had too much to drink. The guy in the song takes the drunk girl home, but instead of taking advantage of her vulnerable state, he gives her a place to crash alone.
The chorus goes, “Take a drunk girl home / Let her sleep all alone / Leave her keys on the counter / Your number by her phone / Pick up her life she threw on the floor / Leave the hall lights on, walk out and lock the door / That’s how she knows the difference between a boy and a man / Take a drunk girl home.”
Before he got married and became a father, Chris spent several years performing at the honky-tonks on Lower Broadway in Nashville. So, he’s seen this scenario of a drunk girl needing a ride home play out hundreds of times.
Now that he is a father to a little girl and a stepfather to a young woman who just entered college, Chris says “Drunk Girl” contains a message that really needs to be heard in our current culture.
Chris tells Rare Country, “I don’t think it’s been said or talked about. We hear about these women being taken advantage of, and rape cases — all these incredibly horrible things in the world that go on with young women. Nobody ever talks about the other side of it. You know what? If somebody had told these guys, or taught these kids or taught these young men how to act, maybe we could have had some different outcomes.”
“Drunk Girl” was just released on Chris’s new album, “Everybody,” so people are just beginning to hear the song on a wide scale. But Chris has performed “Drunk Girl” in his live shows, and the response from those performances has already been overwhelming.
“The times I’ve played it live, we’ve gotten incredible feedback from women,” he says. “There are messages coming in — ‘I’m a victim of sexual abuse. I thank you so much for taking a stand, and thank you so much for writing a song that’s basically just informational.’ It’s good information to young men.”
Now that “Drunk Girl” has been released, Chris expects the song to have an even wider impact than he can dream of right now.
He says, “I think it’s bigger than what I even know it is. I think it’s very special, and I never wanted to change the world, but I have seen that song — I definitely think it’s going to change lives. It’s definitely going to put a new spin on things. I just want everybody out there to know that we wrote that in such a positive light to lift up the female culture and show the guys [how to act]. It’s not a finger point, it’s just a matter of fact. Take care of girls.”
Chris’s new album, “Everybody,” also features his latest hit, “Fix a Drink.”