December 16.2013 – The Story Behind Luke Bryan’s “Drink A Beer”

Drink a Beer

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Luke Bryan recorded this mournful eulogy for two relatives who died too young, with the help of Chris Stapleton (who co-wrote the tune with Jim Beavers) on harmony vocals. “Having Chris Stapleton sing background on it, that’s like heaven.

Luke described this as the coolest sad song that he’s ever recorded: “I just thought it was an amazingly written song, he said. ” It was something that everybody can connect with because so many people out there have lost somebody. And their connection with them was, they used to have a beer in a bar with them, or have a beer anywhere with them. Drinking a beer with a friend is a huge connection, and that song bridges all those emotions together. Like I said, it’s one of the coolest sad songs I’ve ever heard.”

Co-songwriter Jim Beavers recalled the writing of the song to Roughstock: “Chris (Stapleton) and I had been writing a lot together, and were in a good groove, creatively,” he said. “We had the chorus for ‘Drink a Beer,’ but for some reason didn’t really know what it was about. We just knew we liked the way it sounded. There was a heaviness to the melody and imagery of that guy on the pier by himself. I remember we tried a lot of dead-end scenarios of why the guy went out there but none of them ever felt right. Thankfully, we finally settled on the notion that the guy went out there to be alone and contemplate the bad news he’d gotten about losing someone close to him. All of a sudden the chorus and melody made perfect sense to us.”

“I distinctly remember the lightning bolt moment when we figures out the singer went to the pier to drink a beer because that’s what he and his loved one used to do together,” Beavers continued. “To me, that is the point of the song. I’ve heard and read some people wondering why the guy in the song thinks simply drinking beer is the appropriate response to the news he got that day. I guess they aren’t listening to the lyrics in the bridge where the singer reveals that this pier is where he used to come with his lost love one. That felt real to us as writers. The song isn’t about the weeks, months and years of missing someone; its about that terrible moment when you get terrible news. What do you do? What can you do? The answer is there is nothing you can do but try to absorb the shock.”

“Chris and I decided the song didn’t need a full studio demo,” added Beavers. “Chris is one of the greatest singers on the planet, so a simple guitar/vocal is all we did for the song … just me and Chris playing guitar with him singing in one take. When you have a song that is emotional lyrically that’s often all it wants. It had been around town for at least a year or so when I got word that Luke’s producer, Jeff Stevens, heard it and really liked it. By that time I was beginning to wonder if anyone else thought the song was as cool as I did. Thankfully Mike Whelan and Dale Dodson at my publishing company, Sony, played it for him. Jeff is a great songwriter himself so it takes something special to get his attention. He loved the song, and more importantly, believed Luke would love the song as well. And he was right … Luke did love it, enough to record it.”

His older brother Chris was killed in a car accident. After this, he stayed home to be with his family. His mom said that he knew at some point he would go to Nashville but at this time he couldn’t leave.

His dad finally fired him from working on the farm. He told Luke it was time to move on to Nashville and start his career. His big sister Kelly helped him out and was even backstage at the Opry with him. She died a few days later at home and they never found out what the cause of her death was honestly. The lyrics to “Drink a Beer” are obviously about his loss

Luke has been private about this, but he wants people to know that they are not alone. He wants them to see that God is still gracious. Luke Bryan has moved on and now has a wife, two boys, and is building a new home.

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LYRICS: Written by Jim Beavers and Chris Stapleton
When I got the news today,
I didn’t know what to say,
So I just hung up the phone.
I took a walk to clear my head
And this is where the walking lead..

Can’t believe your really gone
I don’t feel like going home
So I’m gonna sit right here,
On the edge of this pier
And watch the sunset disappear
And drink a beer.

Funny how the good ones go,
Too soon but the good lord knows
The reasons why, I guess.
It’s funny how a greater plan
Is too hard to understand
Right now it don’t make sense..
No I can’t make it all make sense.
So I’m gonna sit right here,
On the edge of this pier
And watch the sunset disappear
And drink a beer.

So long my friend, until we meet again
Well I’ll remember you
And all the times that we used to..
Sit right here, on the edge of this pier
And watch the sunset disappear
And drink a beer
Drink a beer

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8 thoughts on “December 16.2013 – The Story Behind Luke Bryan’s “Drink A Beer”

  1. kathy grover

    so sorryfor your loss…i know how this feels, but God will get us through the worst of our grieve…. But t really understand this.

  2. Julie Wagner

    My son Stephen passed away….the day after his 25th birthday. He loved life, loved the outdoors, loved adventure…but it got the best of him when he went rock climbing with a friend….lost his footing and fell about 100ft into the water below.
    Stephen had many many friends, who now are part of my extended family. We’ve cried, we’ve laughed, we’ve cried more but the one thing that keeps us all going is his faith. We know now he lives in compete eternity with God. For he was a great child of God. So here’s to you, Stephen….we ‘drink a beer….in your honor! !

  3. Trudy

    This song speaks to my soul. My husband of 31 years but a relationship of 40 years left me September 22nd. I know God has him now. We spent our happiest times sitting on the pier watching the sun go down, drinking a beer. Thank you for speaking what I have been unable to express.

  4. Carole Scherz

    My husband Lou passed away 5 yr’s this Feb 1st, He taught me to love and to fish up at DeSoto bay, Wisc. (He called Mississippi river God’s Country). As we came in we always sat at the Dock and appreciated the day we saw and had, and had a beer!
    I miss him everyday and appreciate the song “Drink A Beer”

  5. Nicole Hodgson

    My grandfather passed away a year ago and when I hear this song I remember all of those good times we had together and it also helps remind me that he’s not suffering anymore. So thank you so much Luke for helping me.

  6. Amy Avery

    My husband passed away November 26 2014 at the early age of 52 from a widow maker aka massive heart attack. When I heard your song it brought tears to my eyes and I had many memories running thru as I still do when I hear one of my favorite songs from you. I am so sorry for your loss.

  7. Karleen Winkelman

    Luke and all…Very grateful for this song! It has special meaning to me because…Our daughter Kelly put this song “Drink a Beer” to a DVD of pictures after my mom – her grandmother passed away. She was sick with lung cancer, probably longer than we knew and I remember we used to have an occasional beer with mom. She was full of life!. After she passed away I was given a wonderful gift – your song and Mom’s pictures. Truly a treasure. Many thanks!

  8. Sherry

    Like I have been praying For you and all your beautiful family.every time I see this video it breaks My heart ❤ God Bless everyone.

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