Country’s Best Drinking Songs, No. 16: Clint Black, ‘Killin’ Time’
Cheers-worthy lines: "If I did the things I oughta / You still would not be mine / So I'll keep a tight grip on the bottle / Gettin' loose and killin' time."
"Killin' Time" is the title track of the debut album that was instrumental in Black winning the CMA Horizon Award in 1989; the record was also certified Platinum. The song was released in July 1989 as the second single and it became his second No. 1 hit--quite the feat for a new artist who was only 27 at the time.
Written by Black and Hayden Nicholas, "Killin' Time" is full of angst and misery; the narrator is yearning for his loved one who passed away and says he'll be a "happy man" when he dies--because he'll be reunited with his love. So for now, he's just killin' time, drinking himself into an oblivion. "If I did the things I oughta / You still would not be mine / So I'll keep a tight grip on the bottle / Gettin' loose and killin' time," he sings.
Black could have easily filled this entire countdown, as his 2005 album is titled Drinkin' Songs and Other Logic. Black chose the title because it helped limit him to simple topics, and find simplicity once again in songs he wrote.