Bad Choices This Afternoon?

On my way to work today I was listening to the radio and the Nickelback song “This Afternoon” was playing. I do like their music, although the lyrics leave something to be desired, particularly in this song.  I hadn’t really listened to the words, though I knew the song was, at least in part, about drinking alcohol.
Here’s how it goes:

We got weeds in the backyard four feet tall
Cheech and Chong probably would have smoked them all
So, I’m out on the couch this afternoon

Beer bottles laying on the kitchen floor
If we take them out back, we can buy some more
So I doubt we’re going out this afternoon, oh

Better hang on if you’re tagging along ‘Cause we’ll be doing this ’til six in the morning Nothing wrong with going all night long
Tough to put the brakes on, doesn’t matter when you gotta

Get up and go out, me and all my friends Drink up, fall down, then we’ll do it all again Just sitting around, hanging out this afternoon

I know lyrics like these have been around for decades, but what do you think about them?  Harmless or dangerous? Does this sound like a good time to you?

Author: Sarah R.N.

Registered Nurse working as a Public Health Nurse in the Injury and Substance Misuse Prevention Program at the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

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