Sam Hunt fans got a big New Year's Day surprise. The country star released a new song titled "Drinkin' Too Much" shortly after midnight on Jan. 1.

"Drinkin' Too Much" is a searingly honest song, framed as an apology to Hunt's girlfriend, Hannah Lee Fowler. The two broke up, and Fowler served as the inspiration for many of the songs on Hunt's smash debut album, Montevallo. On Tuesday (Jan. 2) news broke that Hunt and Fowler were engaged.

They are now back together, and the lyrics of "Drinkin' Too Much" address her directly: “I’m sorry I named the album Montevallo / I’m sorry people know your name now and strangers hit you up on social media / I’m sorry you can’t listen to the radio …I know you want your privacy / You’ve got nothing to say to me / But I wish you’d let me pay off your student loans with these songs you gave to me.”

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It's a darker song for Hunt, kicking off with a confessional tone from the very first: "Pour a drink and take a sip of it / Feelin’ like a hypocrite / Couple more, and I don’t give a s–t / I never used talk, I never used to talk like this.”

The song continues in that confessional vein, with the 2017 Taste of Country Musc Festival headliner remembering attending the CMA Awards with Fowler two years before his success: "You said, ‘That’ll be you up there one day; just wait and see.'” he sings. But when he did make it to the stage, she was “a million miles away”, and he says he was “onstage, drunk, barely holdin’ on on ABC.” 

Montevallo scored four No. 1 hits out of its five singles. "Drinkin' Too Much" is the first we've heard from what will presumably be Hunt's sophomore album, which is one of the most-anticipated projects of 2017. Take a listen to a studio-produced version of the song below, as well as an acoustic rendition.

Listen to Sam Hunt, "Drinkin' Too Much"

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