I tried it your way, that advice you gave to me was dirt

from El-P (Ft. Paul Banks) – Works Every Time Lyrics on Rap Genius


The majority of people have maintained that the best advice is to stay sober. However, the speaker is too deep in the world of drugs and finds sobriety to be unpleasant and boring.

It’s well known that El-P loves beer, so that would leave alcohol out of the equation. He’s prolly stating that the ‘old way’ means sobriety and abstinence, of which he is not a fan.

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