As the prohibition crusade gained momentum, popular songs expressed the plight of families devastated by alcohol abuse. The Library of Congress contains many examples. Here are a few of the best:
The drunkard is so foolish that he will money waste,
On liquor, when there’s water more pleasant to the taste;
The water is much cheaper, and much more healthy too,
And never makes a man a fool - which liquors often do.
It never yet caused people to quarrel and to fight,
Or come home intoxicated at twelve o’clock at night.
Cold water never caused man in the gutter to be found,
And never, as I know of, to feel upward for the ground.
Some towns and states succumbed to the pressure, passing laws that abolished alcoholic beverages long before the 18th amendment required it. Popular songs, celebrating such victories, tried to convince men that living in a "dry" town did have some benefits. One notable example makes the point:
"I Never Knew I Had a Wonderful Wife Until the Town Went Dry."