posted on July 1, 2010 at 11:36 am

i hate vodka
i hate what it does to people
i hate what it does to families
i hate the way it takes over and takes control
it is an unstoppable juggernaut of destruction
i saw it in rehab
i saw it in rocknroll
i saw it in my friends n enemies
i saw it in women n in men
i saw it in the young n the old
a frightening nightmare exploding in yer brain
a delusional toxic devils piss of a drink
i hate it
i hate it
i hate it
more addictive than the worst drug
itll fuck ya ten times quicker than smack or crack or anything else
and totally legal
i saw whole rooms of finns slugging it out
i saw people driven rabidly foaming mad
i saw the aftermath too
the hollow wrecks it leaves behind
the burnt out shells of those it hath possessed
the emptiness the messed up blank and black eyed stare
more like a methylated spirit than a drink
its a clear cut killer of life and love and reason and beauty
stealer of youth
causer of quarrels
a violent horrible sickening poison
i saw a young geezer have a grande mal seizure on the filthy stuff
i hate it
i hate it
i hate it
you can hardly taste it but its gonna get ya down on yer knees
by the fucking balls
the anti-muse
nothing good comes from it
just trouble and strife
destroyer of life
oh i hate it
alcohol entity and elemental eating you up from the inside
making ya stupid and angry and coarse
i hate it
oh i fucking loathe it
oh i d-test it and what it does
i hate standing by watching it chew thru its victims
i hate that inchoate state
i hate its pernicious trespass upon humanity
its all bad
it rots yer guts
it fucks yer liver
it burns yer throat
it makes yer brain smooth n wrinkle-less
until you never ever gonna think straight
oh i despise vodka
oh i could scream
oh i could writhe in agony at its pointless poisonings
oh i damn the spirit of vodka which infests man soul
and swallows him whole
spits ya out dead if youre fucken lucky, mate
its evil its wicked its rotten its disgusting
oh i hate it i hate it
oh i truly and absolutely hate it more than anything
oh i do hate it so badly
oh i hate it so

43 Responses to “vodka”

  1. avatar
    Anonymous | 1 July 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    how can millions of russians be wrong?

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    eek | 1 July 2010 at 12:28 pm #


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    SLJ | 1 July 2010 at 12:28 pm #


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    redgrevillea | 1 July 2010 at 12:40 pm #

    I took home a bottle of vodka from the work christmas party last year. i made vodkas & orange for everyone on christmas day and filled the glasses with about a third vodka. I had seconds, thinking this drink was 'interesting' and filled up that second glass with 50/50 split of vodka and orange.

    I was in orbit for two days and decidedly unwell with it!

    ……one thing i did do that rainy xmas afternoon was play 'Seance' at FULL volume. the neighbours were banging their fists on the wall, but i was barfing like a vodka-mule, so..

    i'm quite naive really.. i like a good beer or nice glass of vino russo but the spirit world i've always neglected..

    luv ya man!

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    john | 1 July 2010 at 12:43 pm #



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    Georgia | 1 July 2010 at 1:39 pm #


    I totally understand. I am up here, near the Arctic Circle, in what is described as "The Vodka Belt" and It is like I am in a room full of blind people and I am the only one that can see. They moonshine it too-and if it is done improperly, it can actually blind you. (metaphors abound here…) I am lucky, my husband prefers a dram of Whiskey or a couple of Czech beers…but I have seen this very thing Steven…and have seen good men go down.

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    Anonymous | 1 July 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    oh no… my evening ritual of martini and Unseen Music… dashed!

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    10DD | 1 July 2010 at 2:10 pm #

    I love it

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    Anonymous | 1 July 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    tears at the souls of those around that don't drink it too. watching the helpless end of a loved-one infected with the angry torment of such evil is horrifying. especially when you have memories of how wonderful they were — before the onset, then downfall. luckily for an aunt I had to watch (who was wonderful and still one of the most remarkable people I have ever known), when she finally went into arrest, they were able to bring her back. she was able to live as a vegetable for months afterwards so her death certificate only said "natural causes"; as no remnant of the killer was left in her veins. it had destroyed those too. but at least on paper, there was no trace.

    solidified in my thoughts to remind myself constantly — when I become an old woman, I want only to buy thoughtful gifts, bake wonderful cookies, have a dog to walk on the beach daily, and stay out of the liquor closet so those around won't ever be sad for my life.

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    Ryan | 1 July 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    vodka seems to be the one legacy russia left behind in the regions it conquered (dysfunctional institutions aside). I saw the mess vodka made of Mongolia. I think the problem was that during communist times, everything was so futile that people could do nothing but drink to numb the hopelessness of it all. And that's when cheap vodka took hold and never let go. visit a place like mongolia if you want to see the effects of vodka on a national level.

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    prince michael PELAO III | 1 July 2010 at 3:53 pm #

    ha ha ha…te it!
    i tried "caramel vodka" just this last saturday…splendid!
    all things moderate become nothings extremeties…walk away from holes in the stomach!?


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    Anonymous | 1 July 2010 at 3:58 pm #

    as prompted by recent experience, observation, what? i recall you gleefully endorsing vodka + red bull on a recent tour…. consumable alcohol is the same chemical in all alcoholic drinks, just in different concentrations. jägermeister? or is it ok coz its herbal?

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    Jason Haas | 1 July 2010 at 4:40 pm #

    Wow. Damn.

    Powerful words, moye droog. never seen this sort of prose from you before.

    ya know, methinks you're right about it, too.

    hmm. thank you.

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    Cee | 1 July 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    …and cigarettes…ack!

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    Broken Toys and Heros | 1 July 2010 at 5:03 pm #

    coming from a far away friend who has had family members lives destroyed by alcohol (including death)- ur right on target. simply put…u told it exactly as u see it- harsh, gritty, and full of passion. i can only hope that this is just an opaque observation and not something ur witnessing a friend or family member struggle with. if so- they need to waken and and realize that they have u and others to lean on thru a very difficult time.

    very sincere,


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    Anonymous | 1 July 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    Nice with coke.

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    cazziem | 1 July 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    I'd love to know what prompted your blog today, but I certainly get the message loud and clear!

    Have to be honest I've never been interested in this, or gin. Gin tastes like perfume and to me vodka smells like glue and by the sounds of it drinking this horrid stuff has the same effects as sniffing glue?? No thank you!!!

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    Anonymous | 1 July 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    I'm in total agreement with you about it, drugs (of any kind) & all alcohols in general.

    Yet…you know why people want "it" so much? To be someone they're not…

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    Anonymous | 1 July 2010 at 6:40 pm #

    Obviously you've never had one of my vodka gimlets.

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    davem | 1 July 2010 at 7:10 pm #

    I confess that I like a drink, but it has to taste like a drink. Real Ale, real cider, red wine.
    Makes me fat though.

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    Anonymous | 1 July 2010 at 7:21 pm #

    I hate alcohol in general, especially how it contributes to so many senseless deaths and destruction by idiots who drink and drive. In this country (US) the government lets alcoholics convicted of DUI continue to drive their vehicle after paying a fine and brief license suspension. The laws PROTECT alcoholics while the general public is victimized repeatedly. That's what I really hate.

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    Shaman Ron | 1 July 2010 at 8:31 pm #

    I feel everyone has a drink which makes them mad and bad. I personally don't like vodka as it tastes. I hate Gin as it makes me the devil. The rum, well yum!

    Oddly, Last night I found an empty bottle of vodka on my bosses kitchen table.

    He, his wife, and oldest daughter woke up later in very bad moods!

    Ok… I hate Vodka too!

    Shaman Ron

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    Anonymous | 1 July 2010 at 8:45 pm #

    i dont care for vodka, and pretty much all hard liquor. it really is poison. I had a few very nasty hangovers with vodka, and decided to not touch it anymore. now absinthe…i think i really embarrassed myself with that. i mean, i had a few shots, the church went on stage, and thats about all i remember until waking up in the morning. truly surreal and frightening.
    herbal liquors are pretty cool though, eg. becherovka, unicum…..

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    Anonymous | 1 July 2010 at 11:08 pm #

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. You can't talk man. You drugged for years on the evil H. Don't get me wrong I don't drink the stuff, but you can't throw stones.

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    Also Ran | 1 July 2010 at 11:17 pm #

    Message received!

    Another one who doesn't touch hard liquor. Haven't for decades. And I'm on day 2 of a dry July. Just because I want to know that I can be dry for a month, plus I want to lose a few kgs.

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    Anonymous | 2 July 2010 at 12:38 am #

    one wonders what prompted this outburst >?

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    Anonymous | 2 July 2010 at 12:44 am #

    I never really gave any consideration to vodkamania as a distinct phenomenon to alcohol in general, but after hearing these sad tales & diatribes, I'm thinking that a very troubled coworker of mine is probably on the vile potato…

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    Jasperina | 2 July 2010 at 1:04 am #

    How hard it is for us to feel the pain of our own emptiness. It is like staring at death. We look to something like alcohol to try to put that inward looking eye to sleep.

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    listener | 2 July 2010 at 1:14 am #

    with ya. the thai buddhists give 5 precepts to the householders and the fifth is to avoid the drink – because it makes it all to easy to fuck up on the previous four.

    Surā-meraya-majja-pamādaṭṭhānā veramaṇī sikkhāpadaṃ samādiyāmi.

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    Anonymous | 2 July 2010 at 2:15 am #

    When I was young used to like the Vodka & Orange and Harvey Wallbanger. Don't touch the stuff now. Though life wouldn't be the same without a cold beer and a good wine to enjoy. Everything in moderation of course.
    Enjoy your weekend.

    Peace & love

    ps hoping theres some Church news soon want to bring my brother & sister in law next time to convert them.

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    Anonymous | 2 July 2010 at 2:29 am #

    glad my party animal dayze are far behind me. Can't take any kind of booze anymore whatsoever. It all makes me literally ill. It causes high sugar, high blood pressure, and like you said … It ruins people's lives. That's the sad part. However, beer can ruin people's lives too – and other kinds of booze can also. It's just all sad, bad bad.

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    LF | 2 July 2010 at 2:52 am #

    Promise I won't make you tastel any more moonshine (though I remain proud of the Lunar Julep). Only intoxicating books next time. 🙂

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    Anonymous | 2 July 2010 at 3:32 am #

    I'm glad my "party animal dayze" are behind me, too! All alcohol depresses me – makes me sleepy and weepy. I like to get high on great music…like yours, Steve! Saw one of your recent interviews…you seem pretty healthy and fit. Nice!!!

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    Donna | 2 July 2010 at 3:37 am #

    Any alcohol makes me feel sleepy and weepy. Who needs to drink when you can get high on great music? Love your music, Steve! Also, saw you in a recent interview…you seem pretty healthy and fit. Nice!!!

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    Mary | 2 July 2010 at 3:51 am #

    Hey Steve, well yeah drinking alot in general could do some stupid stuff to people, but when i was younger, vodka and orange juice was my favorite but now icant stand it but still love the Grey Goose vodka in moderation, if its in moderation i think its ok, and anon:
    "Anonymous said…
    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. You can't talk man. You drugged for years on the evil H. Don't get me wrong I don't drink the stuff, but you can't throw stones."

    Ok so what if he did the evil "H" I think we all did stupid shit when we were younger but him talking about how he hates Vodka, doesnt make him a hypocrate, why bring something so long ago to this now, honestly i think its a stupid arguement.

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    Phish pole | 2 July 2010 at 8:32 am #

    Its great to be sober at parties and steal the women! Got an idea! Lets drink some vodka and drive a car! A friend told me alcohol and cigs are the most addictive drugs yet legal, go figure. I've been alcohol free for five years, best thing I ever did, thinner, happier, sober, body levels normal, bad shit that vodka, alot of advertisements here in the states for beer, making it seem OK and cool to drink to excess, my dad drank too much, successful guy, sweet heart when sober, Mr Hyde when drunk, eventually killed him, what a shame, oh i hate it so.

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    tom | 2 July 2010 at 2:54 pm #

    I gave up the vodka a long time ago. I have done and said some stupid things in the past because I drank way more than I realized. I can never once recall waking up feeling happy and fit after a few vodkas the night before.
    I enjoy beer and wine, in very moderate amounts, however I have been avoiding all alcohol lately. I simply feel more centered and stronger without it.

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    bc | 2 July 2010 at 3:57 pm #

    no doubt! let's stop the massive hypocrisy – and end the global war on drugs!

    Taking the numbers into account, in the U.S. there used to be 390,000 deaths per year from Tobacco, 150,000 from Alcohol and only 400 from Heroin and 200 from Cocaine (and none from Marijuana).

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    Anonymous | 3 July 2010 at 10:23 am #

    You expect too much too soon. Mr Instant Gratification. Lets hope people never dump you as fast as you dump others.

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    Ray C. | 4 July 2010 at 1:08 am #

    I love vodka and that is why I'm in rehab now. Used to be able to put away a fifth and still walk away. How? That's the crafty thing about it; it seems so right but is oh so wrong. Glad to see that you are clean of it. Right?

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    Lotus | 4 July 2010 at 3:25 pm #

    for many years, my evening routine was drinking alone whilst listening to music… i was actually afraid to quit drinking, for fear the music would no longer make sense, bring that same sense of ecstasy, comfort and wonder…

    turns out i was wrong — gave up the booze, still live in the music. a blessing on both counts –

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    plumlady | 5 July 2010 at 8:58 pm #

    I hear ya about the vodka. Lost a good musician friend in the last weeks to Korsakoff's Syndrome and cirrosis of the liver. It was a short decline for him until his demise; but rather unexpected for such a drumming god who seemed to handle his alcohol well. But handling your alcohol is an oxy moron; no one can really handle it…the body just won't allow it indefinately. A puff from the magic dragon would always be my preferred choice, but only in moderation.

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    Anonymous | 21 July 2010 at 7:17 am #

    hmm… you got the vodka curse bad. I feel for ya dude. it just makes me dance, sing and get nude.

    I call it my nemesus…

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