Dick Barnes, a former representative and senator from Forsyth County, originally recorded "Booze It and Lose It" in the late 1990s, around the time that the State Highway Patrol began using the slogan for its DUI campaigns.
At the time, Barnes was deputy commissioner of insurance under Jim Long, who coined the phrase along with the head of Mothers Against Drunk Driving.
"If you booze it you lose it, don't be a fool," the chorus goes. "The highway is not the place to be. They'll take your license, raise your insurance rates. Lock you up and throw away the key."
But he didn't have much time to promote it, and the song got only limited release in North Carolina.
Now retired, Barnes went back to the studio earlier this year and remixed the song. It's now been rereleased on IGO Records out of Nashville. He says it's getting play in Europe, Australia and Japan.
"A little song recorded in Rural Hall, N.C., has gone worldwide," said Barnes.
Barnes is no stranger to music. As a child, he performed in the Baby Barnes Quartet, one of three gospel group's formed from his parent's 12 children.
Starting at the age of three, he was onstage with the likes of Minnie Pearl and Jerry Lee Lewis. But his musical career fell to the side as her pursued a life in politics.
Now 64, Barnes said he has more time to devote to music.
"Some people play golf," he said. "My hobby is music."
He's recorded a country album called "Good Ol' Country," which includes a bluegrass number called "North Carolina ... The Place to Be." He's also at work on a gospel album as a follow-up. Meantime, "Booze It and Lose It" has been released as a single.
He said he hopes the song will get good play on the radio with the Labor Day holiday coming up.
"I just want to bring awareness to the problem of drinking and driving," he said.