Date: Tue, 10 Oct 1995 14:38:01 EST
From: Beth Lee Simon simon[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CVAX.IPFW.INDIANA.EDU
Subject: Re: as it were
According to the song's narrative, Neal McCoy's subjunctive man was,
in his real past, indeed a drinkin' man. Hence, the subjunctive
grounded in the simple past: "If I (still) was a drinkin' man"
which, for lyric writing/music purposes would be "If I was (still) a