Alcoholic (song)

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Starsailor alcoholic.jpg
Single by Starsailor
from the album Love Is Here
Released17 September 2001
Songwriter(s)James Walsh, James Stelfox, Barry Westhead, Ben Byrne
Starsailor singles chronology
"Good Souls"
Music video
Alcoholic on YouTube

"Alcoholic" is the third single from the album Love Is Here by British pop band Starsailor, released in 2001. Often wrongly credited as "Daddy Was an Alcoholic", it is one of their most popular songs so far, and also their first single to be in the UK top ten.[1] In the Love is Here DVD, James Walsh comments that "Alcoholic" is so well known because of the topic of the song.

Music video[edit]

James Walsh playing the guitar in the dining room in the music video.

The video for "Alcoholic" starts outside of a house in the night with an image of James in front of a car that has its lights on. The shot then change showing the band playing in a garage with an introspective air in the scene. Later the video shows some scenes inside the house where everything is not in order and it's raining and thundering while the camera moves around simulating the state of an alcoholized person. After all, it's seen from a window on the last bedroom Walsh singing the last sentences of the song dramatically while the rain falls.

Track listings[edit]

CD 1[edit]

  1. "Alcoholic"
  2. "Alcoholic" (original)
  3. "Let It Shine"
  4. "Alcoholic" (video)

CD 2[edit]

  1. "Alcoholic"
  2. "Grandma's Hands"
  3. "Good Souls" (Soulsavers remix)


  1. "Alcoholic"
  2. "Let It Shine"


  1. "Alcoholic"
  2. "Grandma's Hands"


Chart (2001) Peak
UK Singles Chart[2] 10


  1. ^ "Alcoholic". Chart Stats. Retrieved on 22 January 2009.
  2. ^ "Alcoholic". Chart Stats. Retrieved on 22 January 2009.