Carrie Underwood is turning a new page in her career with her new single, "Drinking Alone." The "Drinking Alone" lyrics reflect more mature themes than any other song the superstar has released to country radio.

Sure, Underwood has released some songs with racier themes to go along with some of her squeaky-clean output. But darker material along the lines of "Before He Cheats," "Two Black Cadillacs" and the like is clearly fictionalized; we don't actually come away from those songs believing that Underwood smashed up a guy's truck or participated in a murder plot. However, she imbues her performance of "Drinking Alone" with just enough pathos for fans to wonder if Underwood's good-girl persona hides a more complex emotional life that we just haven't had a window into previously.

"Tonight all I need is a stranger / Lips with a whiskey chaser / And a corner booth kiss / To make me forget that he’s gone / We should be drinking alone /We should be drinking alone, together," she sings in the chorus.

It's actually the second song in a row in which Underwood has challenged the assumptions of her public image. Her previous hit from her current album, Cry Pretty, was "Southbound," a light-hearted party song. "Drinking Alone" is Underwood's fourth single from Cry Pretty.

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Carrie Underwood's "Drinking Alone" Lyrics:

Let me make one thing clear / You can buy me a beer / But you ain’t taking me home / No pick-up lines / I came here tonight / To shed a few tears on my own / Sitting there across the room / I couldn’t help but notice you / Seem a little down on your love, too / Yeah, my heart might be breaking / But this seat ain’t taken / You got me thinking.

Chorus:
We should be drinking alone, together / Drowning the pain is better / With somebody else who got problems / We ain’t gonna solve ‘em / But misery loves company / Tonight all I need is a stranger / Lips with a whiskey chaser / And a corner booth kiss / To make me forget that he’s gone / We should be drinking alone /We should be drinking alone, together.

Don’t know what she did / To make you hurt like this / But I know just what to do / It starts with a bottle of good reposado / And ends with a shooter or two / Tomorrow when the sun comes up / Tonight’s the night that never was / Baby, just forget my name / Won’t be your one and only / But just ‘cause we’re lonely / Don’t mean that we should.

Repeat Chorus

I’ll pretend that I care / Baby, pull up a chair / We’ll stay here ‘till they make us go home.

Repeat Chorus