Country’s Best Drinking Songs, No. 15: Gary Stewart, ‘She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles)
Cheers-worthy lines: "While she pours herself on some stranger / I pour myself a drink somewhere / She's acting single I'm drinking double / I hide my pain / I drown my troubles."
We certainly feel the pain of Gary Stewart when he's singing "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)." After all, the second his girl throws back a drink, she starts working the room, encouraging all the others guys to take a second look at her--and more. "I know all she plans to do / But I don't know where or when / If I ask who that stranger was / She'll just say, 'an old friend," he sings before admitting he's not "man enough" to confront her about this problem, so instead he's drowning his sorrows in some liquid comfort.
Although the song's subject is pretty depressing, the song gave Stewart his only No. 1 and third top 10 hit on the country chart. Seems like fans really resonated with the song--or at least, were glad they weren't in his shoes.
"She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles" song was written by Wayne Carson and recorded by Stewart. It dropped in May 1975 as the third and final single from the album Out of Hand and is one of several liquor-centric songs Carson penned for Stewart.