From the album In the Hills

Lyrics

It happened not too long ago on Prince William Sound
On the south Alaskan shore near Port Valdez
A giant supertanker hit a rock and split its sides
A billion buckets of oil upon the sea
The captain he’d been drinking and in his bunk below
He wasn’t really thinking about the damage he could sow
To the land of God’s creation and the living things therein
All down the tubes for a couple of beers, a whisky or a gin

So let us learn a lesson from the Exxon Valdez
Let’s all take some responsibility

If you drink don’t drive
Just ask the man who drove the boat that spilled the oil on Prince William Sound
If you drink don’t drive
‘Cos they’ll take away your license, throw you into jail, million dollar bail
And that’s alright by me, drinking killed the sea

The seagulls and otters are choking up with greasy filth
And the shoreline’s as black as an Arctic night
The Coast Guard and the company are trying to win the fight
‘Gainst an oily blob that’s spreading out of sight
All this wouldn’t have happened had the captain been awake
He endangered all those living things for a little pleasure’s sake
He surely wasn’t thinking when he took that extra beer
He said to himself “I can handle my booze, of this I have no fear”

Of course he was mistaken, and look what’s happened now
A crude mistake on Prince William Sound

If you drink don’t drive
Just ask the man who drove the boat that spilled the oil on Prince William Sound
If you drink don’t drive
‘Cos they’ll take away your license, throw you into jail, million dollar bail
And that’s alright by me, drinking killed the sea

There’s a part of every one of us to take a drink and take a chance
Of doing something foolish when we are drunk
But when it comes to driving, that’s the time to draw the line
Or maybe like that tanker you’ll be sunk
So next time that you’re tempted to get behind the wheel
After you’ve been drinking, no matter how you feel
Stop and do some thinking about the lives that are at stake
Don’t be like the Valdez captain, and make a crude mistake

So let us learn a lesson from the Exxon Valdez
Let’s all take some responsibility

If you drink don’t drive
Just ask the man who drove the boat that spilled the oil on Prince William Sound
If you drink don’t drive
‘Cos they’ll take away your license, throw you into jail, million dollar bail
And that’s alright by me, drinking killed the sea