Date: Tue, 10 Oct 1995 14:38:01 EST From: Beth Lee Simon 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 drinkin' man". beth