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Drunk (stylized as dRuNk) is a song by Zayn Malik. It appears as the sixth track on his debut studio album Mind of Mine.

"Drunk" highlights the album's recurring theme of "emotionally labile intoxicated love",[1] which is a common theme in Islamic poetry.[2]

Background

"Drunk" incorporates elements from 1990s R&B music. "Drunk" usually sounds like something resembling a slowed down version of R. Kelly’s ‘Ignition (Remix)’.[3]

The idea for the song came about when Zayn wa working with the Hannides and one of them was telling him he'd just been to a music festival where everybody had got wasted.

Zayn took the vibe into a more downtime space and "Drunk" became a song for home, but inspired by what happens when you go out.

Lyrics

[Intro]
We're so late nights
Red eyes, amnesia, on ice
Late nights, red eyes, amnesia, I need ya

[Verse 1]
Right now I can't see straight
Intoxicated it's true
When I'm with you

I'm buzzing and I feel laced
I'm coming from a different phase
When I'm with you

[Pre-Chorus]
Another away now
Like we're supposed to do
Take you to the back now
I'd take a shot for you

Wasted every night
Gone for every song
Faded every night
Dancing all night long

[Chorus]
Drunk all summer
Drunk all summer
We've drunk all summer
Drinking and flowing and rolling
We're falling down

[Refrain]
We're so late nights
Red eyes, amnesia, I need ya

[Verse 2]
Right now I'm emotional
I lose control, when I'm with you
I hope I haven't said too much
Guess I always push my luck when I'm with you

[Pre-Chorus]
Another away now
Like we're supposed to do
Take you to the back now
I'd take a shot for you

Wasted every night
Gone for every song
Faded every night
Dancing all night long

[Chorus]
Drunk all summer
Drunk all summer
We've drunk all summer
Drinking and flowing and rolling
We're falling down

[Refrain]
We're so late nights
Red eyes, amnesia, on ice
Late nights, red eyes, amnesia, I need you

[Outro]
Drunk, drunk, drunk,
Drunk, drunk, drunk
(You put your drinks up)
Drunk, drunk, drunk, drunk
Drunk, drunk, drunk, drunk
Drunk all summer
Drunk all summer

Lyric Video

ZAYN - dRuNk (Lyric Video)

ZAYN - dRuNk (Lyric Video)

Reception

New York Times described that "“Drunk” is R&B delivered under a dark cloud, with its woozy imagery — “Late nights, red eyes, amnesia, I need you” — and its direct, almost spoken chorus, forgoing any vocal theatrics in favor of a casual nonchalance." Cleveland describes it as "a seductive R&B anthem".[4]

References

  1. Zayn – Mind Of Mine
  2. Being Zayn Malik: A Mind (and a Solo Album) of His Own
  3. ALBUM REVIEW: Zayn’s “Mind of Mine”
  4. 'Mind of Mine' elevates Zayn Malik above his former 1D pals (Review)