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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: Jack Campin
Date: 19 May 10 - 07:44 AM

If Scottish songs can fit in this genre, the McCalmans' "Oh No, I'm Wrecked Again".


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: GUEST,Lillian Kay Smith
Date: 16 Sep 07 - 02:32 PM

Just in case any ones interested, this song was written by my father, Jack Kay. He played the fiddle in Webb Pierce's band in the early and mid 50's. I have the original paper he wrote the song on and the contract where he sold the rights to Webb.

My Dad died in 1971. I have several songs that Dad wrote. Unfortunately, Dad had a drinking problem and most knew that so when he'd have a few too many and he's sell them for pennies. "Here I Am I'm Drunk Again", to my knowledge, was the only one that made the charts.

I am always looking for memorbilia from the era that Dad played with Webb, especially any video's. If anyone has any I'd really appreciate it if you'd contact me.

Thanks,
Lillian
lilliankaysmith@yahoo.com
August, Georgia


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: bankley
Date: 11 Sep 07 - 10:33 AM

"Many Happy Hangovers".... recorded by Jean Sheppard

"Get off my Case, I can't get to the Beer" by me..


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 10 Sep 07 - 09:52 AM

Four Walls.


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: Mr Happy
Date: 10 Sep 07 - 09:31 AM

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=rIs3Ez3AxFM


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 20 Feb 05 - 08:43 AM

Lonesome EJ: Maybe you'd like one of these. (I'm not sure they're all still available.) Information from allmusic
*********************************************************
"An Empty Glass: A Collection of Drinkin' Songs," Hightone CD #8133, 2001.
1. An Empty Glass (That's the Way the Day Ends) - Gary Stewart
2. Lovin' the Bottle - Heather Myles
3. Hair of the Dog - Dale Watson
4. Stoned at the Jukebox - Katy Moffatt
5. Scotch and Soda - Hank Thompson
6. Tequila Calling - Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys
7. Drinkin' for Two - Hollisters
8. Wine Don't Lie - Dale Watson
9. Brand New Whiskey - Gary Stewart
10. Behind Bars - Marty Brown
11. Last DUI - Randy Weeks
12. Pink Champagne - Sprague Brothers
13. Booze Party - Fly-Rite Boys
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"Country Drinking Songs," K-Tel Entertainment CD #3567, 2003.
1. The Bottle Let Me Down - Merle Haggard
2. Pop-A-Top - Jim Ed Brown
3. Tequila Sheila - Bobby Bare
4. Wine Me Up - Faron Young
5. I Like Beer [live] - Tom T. Hall
6. Country Bumpkin - Cal Smith
7. City Lights - Ray Price
8. Skid Row Joe - Porter Wagoner
9. Almost Persuaded - David Houston
10. Almost Persuaded, No. 2 - Ben Colder
11. There Stands the Glass - Webb Pierce
12. Dang Me - Roger Miller
13. Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer - Johnny Russell
14. Lone Star Beer & Bob Wills Music - Red Steagall
15. Smokey the Bar - Hank Thompson
16. I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink - Merle Haggard
17. If You've Got the Money (I've Got the Time) - Lefty Frizzell
18. Rye Whiskey - Tex Ritter
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"Country Shots: Barroom Biggies," Rhino CD #71672, 1994.
1. What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me) - Jerry Lee Lewis
2. Stomp Them Grapes - Mel Tillis
3. If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will) - George Jones
4. On Tap, In the Can, or In the Bottle - Hank Thompson
5. Jose Cuervo - Shelly West
6. Drinkin' My Baby (Off My Mind) - Eddie Rabbitt
7. Barstool Mountain - Moe Bandy
8. The Power of Positive Drinkin' - Mickey Gilley
9. Whiskey River - Willie Nelson
10. Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind) - Loretta Lynn
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"Country's Greatest Drinking Songs," All Star CD #76212, 1998.
1. Wasted Days and Wasted Nights - Freddy Fender
2. Chug-A-Lug - Roger Miller
3. I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink - Merle Haggard
4. Hey Bartender - Johnny Lee
5. Drinkin' and Dreamin' - Waylon Jennings
6. The Bottle Let Me Down - Merle Haggard
7. Rednecks, White Socks and Blue Ribbon Beer - Johnny Russell
8. Wine Me Up - Larry Boone
9. You Must Not Be Drinking Enough - Earl Thomas Conley
10. I Can't Quit Drinking - Johnny Paycheck
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"Fifth of Country," Madacy CD #8454, 1997.
1. Hey Bartender - Johnny Lee
2. Whiskey, If You Were a Woman - Highway
3. Bloody Mary Morning - Willie Nelson
4. Drinkin' and Dreamin' - Waylon Jennings
5. No Way Jose - Ray Kennedy
6. (There's a) Devil in the Bottle - T. G. Sheppard
7. Pour Me Another Tequila - Eddie Rabbitt
8. She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles) - Gary Stewart
9. Two More Bottles of Wine - Emmylou Harris
10. Drinkin' My Way Back Home - Gene Watson
11. Jose Cuervo - Shelly West
12. I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink - Merle Haggard
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"Honky Tonk Country: Saloon Country," Priority CD P2-53694, (no date given).
1. Jose Cuervo - Shelly West
2. I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink - Merle Haggard
3. Drinkin' My Baby (Off My Mind) - Eddie Rabbitt
4. She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles) - Gary Stewart
5. Hard Days and Honky Tonk Nights - Earl Thomas Conley
6. Y'all Come Back Saloon - The Oak Ridge Boys
7. Black Velvet - Robin Lee
8. There's a Tear in My Beer - Hank Williams
9. A Million Light Beers Ago - David Frizzell
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"One Hundred Proof Hits," K-Tel CD #852, 1991.
1. Tequila - Champs
2. Chug-A-Lug - Roger Miller
3. Escape (The Piña Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes
4. I'm Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home - David Frizzell
5. Jose Cuervo - Shelly West
6. Drinkin' Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee - Jerry Lee Lewis
7. One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer - Amos Milburn
8. I Got Loaded - Peppermint Harris
9. Million Light Beers Ago - David Frizzell
10. Scotch and Soda - Kingston Trio
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p.s. If you wanted to assemble a similar list of Irish drinking songs or German drinking songs, there are plenty of those albums out there, too.


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 17 Feb 05 - 02:39 AM

Wouldn't it be great to buy a CD compilation of these tunes, just titled Honky Tonk Heartbreakers. or something like that. I'd buy it


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 16 Feb 05 - 04:33 AM

A-11
B-17

Hmmmm...


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Feb 05 - 11:32 PM

Nobody could do drinkin' songs like Faron Young.

STEP ASIDE

WINE ME UP


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Subject: Lyr Add: A-11 (Hank Cochran)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 15 Feb 05 - 08:56 PM

Mentioned by Navillus above:

A-11
(Hank Cochran)
« © '63 Tree Publishing »

I just came in here from force of habit.
I don't intend to spend too much time in here,
But I saw you headin' for the jukebox,
And if you play A-11, there'll be tears.

CHORUS: I don't know you from Adam,
But if you're gonna play the jukebox,
Please don't play A-11.

Oh, this used to be our fav'rite night spot,
And when she was here, it was heaven.
It was here she told me that she loved me,
And she'd always play A-11. CHORUS

[Recorded by Hank Cochran, Norma Jean, Buck Owens, Johnny Paycheck, and a few others.]


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 15 Feb 05 - 10:35 AM

How about "Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, and Loud, Loud Music", which is another Burritos tune off of, I believe, the Close Up the Honky Tonks album.
And did anybody mention "I Didn't Know God Made Honky Tonk Angels"?


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHISKEY RIVER (Johnny Bush, Paul Stroud)
From: GUEST,Jim Dixon
Date: 15 Feb 05 - 07:23 AM

Mentioned by Scoville above.

WHISKEY RIVER
(Johnny Bush - Paul Stroud)
« © '72 Willie Nelson Music »

Whiskey river, take my mind.
Don't let her mem'ry torture me.
Whiskey river, don't run dry.
You're all I've got. Take care of me.

I'm drowning in a whiskey river,
Bathing my mem'ry's mind in the wetness of its soul,
Feeling the amber current flowing from my mind,
And leaving a heart you left so cold.*

[*Variant: "And warm an empty heart you left so cold."]

[Recorded by Johnny Bush, Freddy Fender, Willie Nelson, Trick Pony, and several others.]


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: Lin in Kansas
Date: 15 Feb 05 - 03:18 AM

Thanks, LEJ. I like the Flying Burrito Brothers, but don't have that one--I'll keep an eye out for it at Yesterday's Disks.

Lin


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 15 Feb 05 - 02:05 AM

Linn....just saw your post.

I know the song from the Flying Burrito Brothers' Sleepless Nights lp from about 1974. The album was a collection of recording session outtakes, mainly by the Burritos featuring Gram Parsons, but it also has a couple of Gram Parsons/Emmy Lou Harris duets that are real classics. The album is for the most part a tribute to honky tonk music. It has the only version of "Your Angel" that I recollect ever hearing, although I don't think they wrote it.


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 14 Feb 05 - 06:02 AM

I think it was Sammy Davis Jr & Dean Martin who did the one about

"sittin' in a bar - waitin' for the rain -
so they can grow the grapes to make more wine"


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Subject: Lyr Add: TENNESSEE WHISKEY (from George Jones)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Feb 05 - 11:54 PM

Mentioned by Scoville above:

TENNESSEE WHISKEY
(Dean Dillon - Linda Hargrove)
« © '81 Tree Publishing »

I used to spend my nighttime in a barroom.
Liquor was the only love I've known,
But you rescued me from reaching for the bottle,
And you brought me back from being too far gone.

CHORUS: You're as smooth as Tennessee whiskey.
You're as sweet as strawberry wine.
You're as warm as a glass of brandy,
And I stay stoned on your love all the time.

I looked for love and all the same old places,
Found the bottom of the bottle always dry,
But when you poured out your heart, I didn't waste it,
'Cause there's nothing like your love to get me high. CHORUS

[Recorded by David Allan Coe and George Jones.]


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: Lin in Kansas
Date: 13 Feb 05 - 11:33 PM

Lonesome EJ, who sings "Your Angel..."? It sounds like a real honky tonk song, but I can't remember ever hearing it--and I can't say that about too many cryin' in your beer songs!

Lin


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Subject: Lyr Add: MISERY AND GIN (from Merle Haggard)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Feb 05 - 11:17 PM

Mentioned by GUEST,bds808 above:

MISERY AND GIN
Johnny Durrill, Tommy "Snuff" Garrett
« © '80 Peso Music »

Memories and drinks don't mix too well,
And jukebox records don't play those wedding bells.
Looking at the world through the bottom of a glass,
All I see is a man who's fadin' fast.

Tonight I need that woman again.
What I'd give for my baby to just walk in,
Sit down beside me, and say, "It's all right.
Take me home and make sweet love to me tonight."

CHORUS: But here I am again, mixing misery and gin,
Sittin' with all my friends and talkin' to myself.
I look like I'm havin' a good time, but any fool can tell
That this honky tonk heaven really makes you feel like hell.

I light a lonely woman's cigarette.
We start talkin' 'bout what we want to forget.
Her life story and mine are the same.
We both lost someone and only have ourselves to blame. CHORUS

[Recorded by Merle Haggard.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: MARGARITAVILLE (Jimmy Buffett)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Feb 05 - 11:01 PM

Mentioned by GUEST,Genie above:

MARGARITAVILLE
Jimmy Buffett

Nibblin' on sponge cake,
Watchin' the sun bake,
All of those tourists covered with oil.
Strummin' my six string,
On my front porch swing.
Smell those shrimp. They're beginnin' to boil.

Wasted away again in Margaritaville,
Searchin' for my lost shaker of salt.
Some people claim that there's a woman to blame,
But I know it's nobody's fault.

Don't know the reason,
Stayed here all season
With nothing to show but this brand new tattoo.
But it's a real beauty,
A Mexican cutie,
How it got here, I haven't a clue.

Wasted away again in Margaritaville,
Searchin' for my lost shaker of salt.
Some people claim that there's a woman to blame,
Now I think, hell, it could be my fault.

I blew out my flip-flop,
Stepped on a pop-top,
Cut my heel, had to cruise on back home.
But there's booze in the blender,
And soon it will render
That frozen concoction that helps me hang on.

Wasted away again in Margaritaville,
Searchin' for my lost shaker of salt.
Some people claim that there's a woman to blame,
But I know, it's my own damn fault.
Yes, and some people claim that there's a woman to blame,
And I know it's my own damn fault.


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Subject: Lyr Add: FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES (from Garth Brooks)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Feb 05 - 10:43 PM

Mentioned by GUEST,Genie above:

FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES
DeWayne Blackwell, Earl Bud Lee

Blame it all on my roots.
I showed up in boots
And ruined your black tie affair.
The last one to know,
The last one to show,
I was the last one you thought you'd see there;
And I saw the surprise
And the fear in his eyes
When I took his glass of champagne
And I toasted you,
Said, "Honey we may be through,
But you'll never hear me complain."

CHORUS: 'Cause I've got friends in low places,
Where the whiskey drowns and the beer chases
My blues away,
And I'll be okay.
I'm not big on social graces.
Think I'll slip on down to the Oasis.
Oh, I've got friends in low places.

Well, I guess I was wrong.
I just don't belong.
But then, I've been there before.
Everything's all right.
I'll just say goodnight,
And I'll show myself to the door.
Hey, I didn't mean
To cause a big scene.
Just give me an hour and then,
Well, I'll be as high
As that ivory tower
That you're livin' in. CHORUS

Well, I guess I was wrong
I just don't belong
But then I've been there before
Everything's all right.
I'll just say goodnight,
And I'll show myself to the door.
Hey, I didn't mean
To cause a big scene.
Just wait till I finish this glass,
And, sweet little lady,
I'll head back to the bar,
And you can kiss my ass! CHORUS

[Recorded by Garth Brooks, Mark Chesnutt, and a few others.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: JOSE CUERVO (C. Jordan)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 13 Feb 05 - 02:26 PM

Mentioned by 53 and GUEST,Genie above.

JOSE CUERVO
Words and music by Cynthia Jordan a.k.a. Cindy Jordan, incorrectly identified as Cathy Jordan on some albums. 1983.

Oh, it's Sunday morning and the sun is shining
In my eye that is open, and my head is spinning.
Was the life of the party; I can't stop grinning,
I had too much tequila last night.

CHORUS: Jose Cuervo, you are a friend of mine.
I like to drink you with a little salt and lime.
Did I kiss all the cowboys? Did I shoot out the lights?
Did I dance on the bar? Did I start any fights?

Now wait a minute. Things don't look too familiar.
And who is this cowboy who's sleepin' beside me?
Well, he's awful cute, but how'd I get his shirt on?
I had too much tequila last night. CHORUS

Oh, those little shooters, how I love to drink 'em down.
Come on, bartender, let's have another round.
Well, the music's playing and my spirits are high.
Tomorrow might be painful, but tonight we're gonna fly.

CHORUS: Jose Cuervo, you are a friend of mine.
I like to drink you with a little salt and lime.
Every time we get together, I sure have good time.
You're my friend, you're the best, mi amigo. FIRST CHORUS AGAIN

[Recorded by Shelly West.]


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: goodbar
Date: 13 Feb 05 - 02:03 AM

roaring jack "honky tonks in heaven"


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 13 Feb 05 - 12:29 AM

One of my favorites Your Angel Steps Out of Heaven each Night.

Your Heaven's not the same
That she's living in
It's any place where there's music
and some free drinks thrown in
So call her your angel
I won't say you're not right
But your angel steps out of Heaven each night


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Subject: Lyr Add: CLOSE UP THE HONKY TONKS
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 11:13 PM

Mentioned by GUEST,Paddy(1) above:

CLOSE UP THE HONKY TONKS
Red Simpson

She's in some honky tonk tonight I know.
She's dancing where the music's loud and lights are low.
In a crowded bar she likes to hang around,
And as long as there's a honky tonk, she'll never settle down.

CHORUS: So close up the honky tonks. Lock all the doors.
Don't let the one I love go there anymore.
Close up the honky tonks. Throw away the key.
Then maybe the one I love will come back to me.

I wish I had the power to turn back the time
And live again the hours when she was all mine,
But it hurts to see her running with that crowd downtown,
And as long as there's a honky tonk, she'll never settle down. CHORUS

[Recorded by Buck Owens, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons, and a few others.]


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: GUEST,Obie
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 04:18 PM

Hank Thompson and Lefty ruled the Honky Tonk. My all time favourate is Hank T's "Point Of No Return".


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 03:27 PM

Here's the best I can do for this one, a transcription from a sound sample:

(Mentioned by Frogmore above.)

OKLAHOMA HOME BREW (excerpt)
Jet Penix*, Hank Thompson

Give me champagne, I won't complain,
If that's the best you can do,
But when I go first class, fill my glass
With Oklahoma home brew.

[Recorded by Hank Thompson.]
[*One name I'm glad not to have.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: ANOTHER SOMEBODY DONE SOMEBODY WRONG SONG
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 02:47 PM

Mentioned by Guest,Deda above.

(HEY, WON'T YOU PLAY) ANOTHER SOMEBODY DONE SOMEBODY WRONG SONG
Larry Butler, Chips Moman, 1977

It's lonely out tonight,
And the feelin' just got right
For a brand new love song,
Somebody done somebody wrong song.

CHORUS: Hey, won't you play another somebody done somebody wrong song,
And make me feel at home while I miss my baby, while I miss my baby.

So play, play for me
A sad melody,
So sad that it makes ev'rybody cry,
A real hurtin' song
About a love that's gone wrong,
'Cause I don't wanna cry all alone. CHORUS

[Recorded by Sammy Davis Jr., Frankie Laine, Kenny Rogers, B. J. Thomas, and a few others.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: PLEASE, MISTER, PLEASE
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 02:17 PM

Mentioned by Guest,Deda above:

PLEASE, MISTER, PLEASE
Bruce Welch, John Rostill

In the corner of the bar, there stands a jukebox
With the best of country music, old and new.
You can hear your five selections for a quarter
And somebody else's songs when yours are through.

I got good Kentucky whiskey on the counter,
And my friends around to help me ease the pain,
'Til some button-pushing cowboy plays that love song
And here I am just missing you again.

CHORUS: Please, mister, please, don't play B-17.
It was our song; it was his song; but it's over.
Please, mister, please, if you know what I mean,
I don't ever wanna hear that song again.

If I had a dime for every time I held you—
Though you're far away, you've been so close to me—
I could swear I'd be the richest girl in Nashville,
Maybe even in the state of Tennessee.

But I guess I'd better get myself together,
'Cause when you left, you didn't leave too much behind,
Just a note that said "I'm sorry" by your picture,
And a song that's weighing heavy on my mind. CHORUS

[Recorded by Olivia Newton-John and a few others.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: HERE I AM DRUNK AGAIN
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 01:54 PM

Mentioned by Armen Tanzerian above:

HERE I AM DRUNK AGAIN
(Don Warden - Clyde Beavers)
« © '60 Cedarwood Publishing »

I said I'd never do it again.
I swore my ways that would mend;
But you cheated, dear, and that's a sin.
Here I am; I'm drunk again.

CHORUS: I'm drunk because that you are gone.
At the bar I'm standing all alone,
Drownding my sorrows deep within.
Here I am; I'm drunk again.

Now, I don't like this life of mine,
Drinking whiskey, beer, and wine.
Dear, I know this is the end.
Here I am; I'm drunk again. CHORUS

[Recorded by Moe Bandy, Webb Pierce.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: DRINK UP AND GO HOME
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Feb 05 - 01:14 PM

Mentioned by Armen Tanzerian above:

DRINK UP AND GO HOME
(Johnny Bond - Joe Maphis)*
« (c) '56 Acuff-Rose Music »

You sit there a-crying, crying in your beer.
You say you got troubles. My friend, listen here:
If you'd look around you, I'm sure you would find
There's folks who got troubles worse that yours and mine.

CHORUS: I'm fresh out of prison. Six years in the pen.
Lost my wife and family, no one to call friend.
Don't tell me your troubles, 'cause you're not alone.
Be thankful you're living. Drink up and go home.

Now there stands a blind man, a man who can't see.
Yet he's not complaining. Why should you or me?
Don't tell me your troubles. Got enough of my own.
Be thankful you're living. Drink up and go home. CHORUS

[*Some recordings credit Freddie Hart as the songwriter, but as far as I can determine from sound samples, all recordings with this title are the same song. Some versions swap the lines around a bit. Recorded by Bobby Bare, Johnny Bond, Jerry Garcia, Freddie Hart, Sleepy LaBeef, Carl Perkins, Tex Ritter, and several others.]


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: Kaleea
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 11:17 PM

& then there's me dearly departed Grandpap's oul favourite passtime, "Whiskey Before Breakfast."


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Subject: Lyr Add: POP A TOP (Nat Stuckey)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 09:48 PM

Armen Tanzerian mentioned this earlier:

POP A TOP
(Nat Stuckey)
« © '65 Stuckey Publishing »

CHORUS: Pop a top again.
I've just got time for one more round.
Set 'em up, my friend, then I'll be gone,
And you can let some other fool sit down.

I'd like for you to listen to a joke I heard today,
From a woman who said she was through and calmly walked away.
I tried to smile, and did awhile, but it felt so out of place.
Did you ever hear of a clown with teardrops streaming down his face? CHORUS

Home for me is misery and here I'm wasting time,
'Cause a row of fools on a row of stools is not what's on my mind,
But then, you see, her leaving me is not what I prefer,
So it's either here just drinking beer or home rememberin' her. CHORUS

[Recorded by Jim Ed Brown, Alan Jackson, Nat Stuckey, Conway Twitty, and several others.]


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: GUEST,Paranoid Android
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 09:16 PM

One more round of drinks is on the table
One more time we slow-dance across the floor.
Softly in the dark we cling together
And I never wanted any woman more.

Your eyes tell me that it would be so easy
And I tell myself no-one will ever know
Here we are so close to love it scares me
And here I am a long long way from home.
Chorus
And I know that we could spend the night together
I can see the love light in your eyes
And I know that it would feel so good to love you
But just because it feels good, that don't make it right.

It's closing time, the place is almost empty
And we walk towards the door side by side.
I can almost feel you lying warm beside me
As I kiss your lips, should I say goodnight?
Repeat Chorus.

I sing this one, no idea who recorded or wrote it


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Subject: Lyr/Chords Add: SHE'S ACTING SINGLE (Gary Stewart)
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 11:57 AM

She's Acting Single -- Gary Stewart



G                   C                   G            D
I've seen the way men look at her when they think I don't see
G                   C                     A          D
I'd like to think it makes me proud but I'm only fooling me
G                      D       C             G
I know she'd be looking back the minute I'm not there
          C                      D            C             D    G
While she pours herself off some stranger, I'll pour myself a drink somewhere


          C                G
She's acting single I'm drinking doubles,
          C               G
I hide my pain I drown my troubles,
            C                      G
My heart is breaking like the tiny bubbles
            D       C          G
She's acting single, I'm drinkin doubles ..


G               C                G                  D
I know what she plans to do but I don't know where or when
G                   C          A                   D
If I ask who that stranger was she'd just say an old friend
G                  D       C               G
I'm not weak I tell myself I stay because I'm strong ..
C                   D             C             D       G
But truth is I'm not man enough to stop her from doing me wrong.


chorus...

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: Lyr Add: MOM AND DAD'S WALTZ (Lefty Frizzell)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 07:19 AM

Mentioned by Mudlark above. (Although this isn't quite what I'd call a drinking song.)

MOM AND DAD'S WALTZ
(Lefty Frizzell)
« © '51 Hill & Range Songs »

I'd walk for miles, cry or smile for my mama and daddy.
I want them, I want them to know
How I feel. My love is real for my mama and daddy.
I want them to know I love them so.

CHORUS: In my heart, joy tears start 'cause I'm happy,
And I pray every day for Mom and Pappy—and each night.
I'd walk for miles, cry or smile for my mama and daddy.
I want them to know I love them so.

I'd fight in wars, do all the chores for my mama and daddy.
I want them to live on till they're called.
I'd work and slave and never rave to my mama and daddy,
'Cause I know I owe them my all. CHORUS

[Recorded by Jim Croce, Iris DeMent, David Frizzell, Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Nelson, Patti Page, Ernest Tubb, Faron Young, and several others.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: BLACKBOARD OF MY HEART (Hank Thompson)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 06:55 AM

Mentioned by Mudlark above.

BLACKBOARD OF MY HEART
(Hank Thompson - Lyle Gaston)
« © '56 Brazos Valley Music »

When I was young and I went to school, they taught me how to write,
To take the chalk and make a mark and hope it turns out right.
Well that's the way it is with love and what you did to me.
I wrote it so you'd know that I was yours eternally.

CHORUS: But my tears have washed "I love you" from the blackboard of my heart.
It's too late to clean the slate and make another start.
I'm satisfied the way things are although we're far apart.
My tears have washed "I love you" from the blackboard of my heart.

If you'd been true the way you should, and not have gone astray,
Those tears would not have fallen down and washed the words away.
No need to talk, for if the chalk should write those words again,
It will be for someone else, not things that might have been. CHORUS

[Recorded by Hank Thompson.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: THANK GOD AND GREYHOUND (from Roy Clark)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 06:40 AM

Mentioned by Beadie above:

THANK GOD AND GREYHOUND
(Larry Kingston, Earl Nix)

I've made a small fortune, and you've squandered it all.
You've shamed me till I feel about one inch tall.
But I thought I loved you, and I hoped you would change,
So I gritted my teeth and didn't complain.

Now you've come to me with a simple goodbye.
You tell me you're leaving, but you won't tell me why.
We're here at the station and you're getting on.
And all I can think of is...
Thank God and Greyhound you're gone!

Thank God and Greyhound you're gone!
I didn't know how much longer I could go on,
Watching you take the respect out of me,
Watching you make a total wreck out of me.
That big diesel motor is a playing my song.
Thank God and Greyhound you're gone!

Thank God and Greyhound you're gone!
That load on my mind got lighter when you got on.
That shiny old bus is a beautiful sight,
With the black smoke rolling up around the tail lights.
It may sound kinda cruel, but I've been silent too long:
Thank God and Greyhound you're gone!

Thank God and Greyhound you're gone!

[Recorded by Roy Clark.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: MAKING BELIEVE (Jimmy Work)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 11 Feb 05 - 06:21 AM

Mentioned by GUEST,Russ above:

MAKING BELIEVE
(Jimmy Work)
« © '54 Acuff-Rose Music »

Making believe that you still love me
It's leaving me alone and so blue
Still I'll always dream but I'll never own you
Making believe, it's all I can do
Can't hold you close when you're not with me
You're somebody's love, you'll never be mine
Making believe I'll spend my lifetime
Loving you and making believe

Making believe that I never lost you
But my happy hours, I find are so few
My plans for the future will never come true
Making believe, what else can I do
Making believe, I'll spend my lifetime
Loving you and making believe

[Recorded by Ray Charles, Duane Eddy, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Wanda Jackson, The Louvin Brothers, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Jim Reeves, Kitty Wells, Faron Young, and many others.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHE'S GOT YOU (Hank Cochran)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 Feb 05 - 08:22 PM

Mentioned by GUEST,Russ above:

SHE'S GOT YOU
(Hank Cochran)

I've got your picture that you gave to me,
And it's signed "with love," just like it used to be.
The only thing different, the only thing new:
I've got your picture; she's got you.

I've got the records that we used to share,
And they still sound the same as when you were here.
The only thing different, the only thing new:
I've got the records; she's got you.

I've got your memory, or has it got me?
I really don't know, but I know it won't let me be.

I've got your class ring that proved you cared,
And it still looks that same as when you gave it, dear.
The only thing different, the only thing new:
I've got these little things; she's got you.

[Recorded by Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, LeAnn Rimes, Dottie West, Lee Ann Womack, and several others.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHY DON'T WE GET DRUNK (AND SCREW)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 10 Feb 05 - 08:09 PM

Mentioned by Sean M. above:

WHY DON'T WE GET DRUNK (AND SCREW)
by "Marvin Gardens"—[pseudonym of Jimmy Buffett?]

I really do, appreciate the fact you're sittin' here.
Your voice sounds so wonderful, but your face don't look too clear.
So barmaid, bring a pitcher, another round of brew.
Honey, why don't we get drunk and screw?

Why don't we get drunk and screw?
I just bought a waterbed. It's filled up for me and you.
They say you are a snuff queen. Honey, I don't think that's true,
So why don't we get drunk and screw?

[Recorded by Jimmy Buffett on "You Had to Be There," 1978; and "Hits of Jimmy Buffett," 1994.]


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 10 Feb 05 - 07:53 AM

I was thinking "Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho.... But seriously, an old favorite of mine is "She's Acting Single, and I'm Drinking Doubles".

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: GUEST,Scouse (Cookie's gone walkabout)
Date: 10 Feb 05 - 01:35 AM

Don't forget "Bottles and Barstools.." by Jerry Lee Lewis As Aye, Phil


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: Lin in Kansas
Date: 10 Feb 05 - 12:12 AM

Whoops! Yep, it DO help if you read the dates! Sorry, Bill D. and thanks for pointing that out. Sure am glad Rose's site is still up and running.

Lin


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: Bill D
Date: 09 Feb 05 - 11:01 PM

you gotta read the dates on these threads, folks...

all those songs I noted above are still there...but at the new site noted by Lin....you go in the front door, then look for the list of authors or titles...

and if you use JetAudio or Real Alternative, you don't have to see Real Player in order to hear them.


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: Lin in Kansas
Date: 09 Feb 05 - 10:07 PM

Hey, how come no one has given a link to the
Record Lady's site? She's got scads of this old good stuff!

Anything George Jones does is a cryin' in my beer song--the man could sing the telephone book and make you sob.

Thanks for starting this thread, Guest Frankie. I'd forgotten about some of these.

Another good one to listen to (and relatively new to the country scene) is Gary Allen. He's the guy who did "Don't Tell Mama I Was Drinking," "Smoke Rings in the Dark" and "Bourbon Borderline," just to mention three of his songs that would fit this thread.

Keep on boot-scootin'!

Lin


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: Once Famous
Date: 09 Feb 05 - 09:39 PM

Jim

I didn't read the whole thread, just kind of came in where you started listing some of these great country tunes.

How about:

Pop-a-Top by Jim Ed Brown

If you've Got the Money by Lefty Frizzell

My Bucket's Got a Hole In it by Hank Williams


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Subject: Lyr Add: SWINGING DOORS (Merle Haggard)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Feb 05 - 09:06 PM

I was unable to find a song called CLOSING TIME recorded by Merle Haggard, but he did record a song called SWINGING DOORS that repeats the line "I'm always here till closing time," so I assume that's the one that Armen Tanzerian had in mind. At any rate, Frogmore also recommended SWINGING DOORS.

SWINGING DOORS
Merle Haggard
 G                                              C
This old smoke-filled bar is something I'm not used to,
          G                         D7
But I gave up my home to see you satisfied,
          G                                     C
And I just called to let you know where I'll be living.
C       G                D7             G
It's not much, but I feel welcome here inside.
CHORUS: And I've got swinging doors, a jukebox, and a barstool,
And my new home has got a flashing neon sign.
Stop by and see me anytime you want to,
'Cause I'm always here at home till closing time.

I've got everything I need to drive me crazy.
I've got everything it takes to lose my mind;
And in here, the atmosphere's just right for heartaches,
And, thanks to you, I'm always here till closing time. CHORUS

Yeah, I'm always here at home till closing time.


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Subject: RE: Honky Tonk Drinking Songs
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Feb 05 - 08:51 PM

This was also mentioned by Armen Tanzerian above, but I was unable to find the lyrics on the Internet, so I transcribed a bit from a sound sample. Looks like it would be a good addition to our collection:

WALLS OF THIS OLD HONKY-TONK (excerpt)
Red Steagall, G. Sutton

If ever'thing that goes on in this place was ever known,
Well, I hope I'm in Alaska, just a little southeast o' Nome,
'Cause the one I love'd snap my neck just like a piece of chalk
If the walls of this ol' honky-tonk ever learned to talk.
They're watchin' me cheat on you.
They hear ever'thing I say….

[Recorded by Red Steagall on an LP, "Lone Star Beer and Bob Wills Music," 1976; which was reissued in 2000 as a CD combined with another album "For All Our Cowboy Friends."]


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Subject: Lyr Add: SIX-PACK TO GO (Thompson, Lowe, Hart)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Feb 05 - 08:35 PM

Mentioned by Armen Tanzerian and Frogmore up above.
Lyrics and chords below copied from http://www.roughstock.com/cowpie/cowpie-songs/t/thompson_hank/six-pack_to_go.crd

SIX-PACK TO GO
(Hank Thompson - Johnny Lowe - Dick Hart)
« © '59 Hall-Clement Publications »
 C                   F                  C
Hey, Mr. Bartender! Please don't be so slow.
C                A7                  D7          G
I've got time for one more round and a six-pack to go.
C                               F                C
Tomorrow morning is Sunday. I'm gonna be feeling low,
                  A7             D7   G       C   C7
So please, Mr. Bartender, I want a six-pack to go.

Chorus:
F                  f#dim          C               C7
I've been drinking all night long, painting up the town.
F                  f#dim                C      Ab7    G7
I've done spent my whole paycheck just a-honky-tonkin' round,
      C                                  F                   C
And I don't have enough to pay my rent. I ain't a-gonna worry, though,
                         A7                  D7   G       C
'Cause I've got time for one more round and a six-pack to go.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WURLITZER PRIZE (I DON'T WANT TO GET...)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 08 Feb 05 - 07:08 PM

Mentioned by Mark Clark back near the beginning of this thread.

THE WURLITZER PRIZE (I DON'T WANT TO GET OVER YOU)
(Chips Moman, Bobby Emmons)

I'm not here to forget you. I'm here to recall
The things we used to say and do.
I don't want to get over you.
I don't want to get over you.

I haunt the same places we used to go,
Alone at a table for two.
I don't want to get over you.
I don't want to get over you.

They ought to give me the Wurlitzer prize
For all the silver I let slide down the slot
Playing those songs sung blue.
They help me remember you.
I don't want to get over you.

A fresh roll of quarters‚ same old song,
Missing you through and through.
I don't want to get over you.
I don't want to get over you.

They ought to give me the Wurlitzer prize
For all the silver I let slide down the slot
Playing those songs sung blue.
They help me remember you.
I don't want to get over you.

I don't want to get over you.
I don't want to get over you.

[Recorded by Waylon Jennings, Norah Jones, and Willie Nelson.]


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