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Subject: Lyr Add: SHE BURNT THE LITTLE ROADSIDE TAVERN DOWN
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Feb 18 - 06:17 PM

SHE BURNT* THE LITTLE ROADSIDE TAVERN DOWN
Words & music by Bill Howard.
As recorded by Jimmy Dean, 1968.

CHORUS: Oh, she burned the little roadside tavern down,
The only one for miles and miles around.
I saw many hours of pleasure tumble down
When she burned the little roadside tavern down.

It was my home away from home.
Now those many night of gettin' stoned are gone.
This is what she had to say:
"Man, you'd better stay away,
Or I'll burn that little tavern down someday." CHORUS

It was there I had my freedom all night long,
But she'd fuss an' say that I had done her wrong.
She said: "Man, you'll never learn.
Just step back and watch 'er burn,"
And now that little roadside tavern's gone. CHORUS

I saw many hours of pleasure tumble down, down, down,
When she burned the little roadside tavern down.

[Also recorded byPorter Wagoner, and others.]
[*Or "burned" according to some recordings.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: SHUT UP AND DRINK YOUR BEER
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 14 Feb 18 - 02:16 PM

This is a lively, upbeat polka done in western-swing style. You can hear it at The Internet Archive:


SHUT UP AND DRINK YOUR BEER
(Bob Newman)
As recorded by Luke Wills' Rhythm Busters on Victor 20-2415, 1947.

There's a place on the corner where the gang will always meet,
Where the jukebox music makes you pat your feet.
In the middle of the evenin' when spirits are gay,
The fat bartender, you will hear him say:

CHORUS: "(Shut up!) and drink your beer.
There's a man asleep beneath the table in the rear.
(Shut up!) and drink your beer.
It's time to have another."

Patrick Mahoney he was always the same.
He'd lick any man with an Irish name.
The door it would open and Patrick walk in,
This is the place where the chorus begins: CHORUS

If the place gets noisy, and you know that it will,
And the folks around you seem to have their fill,
You'll all know the words from beginning to end,
So one, two, three, let's all sing it again: CHORUS

[Also recorded by Doye O'Dell, 1948; and by Merle Travis, 1953.]


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Subject: Lyr Add: I'M JUST A QUIET DRINKER
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 18 Aug 17 - 02:40 PM

Just ran across this novelty song, which you can hear at The Internet Archive:


I'M JUST A QUIET DRINKER
(Berger-Leopoldi)
As recorded by Herbi Hardt

1. Each night when I go drinking, I'm always on my own.
I need no girls winking; I like to drink alone.
I don't want any company; I only want my scotch,
Because it always bothers me when the others drink too much.

CHORUS: I'm just a quiet drinker; that's why I'm never blue,
And while my nose gets pinker, I sing the whole night through,
And when they holler "Quiet!" I tell them: "Listen, boys:
Go shut your mouth and drink your beer.
Don't be so loud; I cannot hear."
I'm just a quiet drinker; it's why I make such noise.
Hi-de-hi, hi-de-ho, hi-lee, hi-lo!
I'm always feeling fine whenever I have dough.
Hi-de-hi, hi-de-ho, hi-lee, hi-lo!
And drinking is no crime; my doctor told me so.

2. A cop is getting nasty; he starts to raise his voice.
He tells me I'm a nuisance; I'm making too much noise.
Sinatra and Bing Crosby, I tell that silly cop,
They sing more often than I do but no one locks them up.

3. When I go home in morning, it almost makes me weep.
They holler from the window: "Shut up! We want to sleep!"
I tell 'em: "Don't you realize you give me misery?
If you would shut your window, then your noise won't bother me."


[On one of the repeats, he sings: "I'm just a quiet sti—, uh, drinker...."]


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Subject: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics:The Serenity Prayer
From: GUEST,Gealt
Date: 28 Mar 17 - 09:14 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wonpb0NSu3M


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Jason
Date: 28 Mar 17 - 07:32 AM

Come Landlord fill the flowing bowl Until it doth run over,
Come landlord fill the flowing bowl Until it doth run over,
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
Tomorrow we'll be sober.

The man who drinketh small beer And goes to bed quite sober,
Fades as the leaves do fade That drop off in October.
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
Tomorrow we'll be sober.
The man who drinketh strong beer And goes to bed right mellow,
Lives as he ought to live, And dies a jolly fellow.
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
Tomorrow we'll be sober.

But he who drinks just what he likes And getteth half seas over,
Will live until he die, perhaps, And then lie down in clover.
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
Tomorrow we'll be sober.

The man who kisses a pretty girl And goes and tells his mother,
Ought to have his lips cut off, And never kiss another.
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
Tomorrow we'll be sober.

The maiden who enjoys a kiss and comes back for another,
She's a boon to all mankind and soon to be a mother.
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
Tomorrow we'll be sober.

Come into the garden Maud And don't be so particular,
For if the grass is very very wet, We'll do it perpendicular.
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
Tomorrow we'll be sober.

If I had a pile of bricks I'd build my chimney higher.
That would stop the neighbour's cat from pissing in the fi-er.
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
For tonight we'll merry merry be
Tomorrow we'll be sober.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Ged Fox
Date: 28 Mar 17 - 06:52 AM

In Cellar Cool - Drinking Drinknig Drigkin

"Pour out the Rhine wine, let it flow"

"Down among the dead men"


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Subject: Lyr Add: SWEDISH GLUG (Stan Boreson)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 27 Mar 17 - 02:36 PM

Found this parody on YouTube:

(Of course he sings it in a stereotypical Swedish accent, which I have not tried to represent with spelling.)


SWEDISH GLUG
As recorded by Stan Boreson & Doug Setterberg on "Yust Go Country and Western"
Tune: MOUNTAIN DEW (Grandpa Jones)

CHORUS: Oh, they call it that good old Swedish glögg,
Which sometimes we drink from a mug.
Please be a sport and give me a quart
Of that good old Swedish glögg.

Old uncle Knut when he goes on a toot,
He buys him a five-gallon jug.
He takes a little nip and it sends him on a trip.
It's that good old Swedish glögg.

Old uncle Sven he is sure happy when
He does that old chug-a-lug,
But he's sure a disgrace when he falls on his face
Just from drinking that Swedish glögg.

Aunt Ingebrigt likes glögg quite a bit.
She used it for cleaning her rug.
It was two hundred proof and it blew off the roof.
There's such power in Swedish glögg.


[I have kept the title as it appears in the video, but "glögg" is the correct spelling in Swedish, or "gløgg" in Norwegian and Danish. It's mulled wine.]


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 26 Feb 11 - 01:53 AM

CD (no titles listed).

After all these drinkin' songs, somebody here might be ready for it.

???

John


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Kara
Date: 25 Feb 11 - 07:19 AM

here is a bit saw and xylophone ideal for Alcoholics

When I'm Sober


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Barred for Life
Date: 24 Feb 11 - 12:29 PM

You shoulda seen me last night when I
fell down laughing and I tumbled down a flight of wooden stairs
I went crashing through the window at the VFW hall,
crashing over a pile of metal chairs
The I - cussed out my girlfriend,
tried to
feel up her mom,
crashed my my car I think I bruised my spiiiine.
(chorus)
Oh you - oughta go with me when I go out drinking
I always have myself a real good time

2 more verses and a refrain

Pat Daily: The Drinking song featured on Bob and Tom radio show
believe it's on youtube somewhere


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 03 Sep 10 - 03:27 PM

A virtual goldmine of songs is found in the "Half-Mind Hymnal" (Check the net)

Time Magazine this week has a great article on why heavy drinkers live longer than tea-totlers (Check the net)

A sample of H3 material contained in the Hymnal:
I want a beer, just like the beer, that pickled my old man.

or (directed towards some MC ladies who have discovered blogging

Thank god she finally shut up
Thank god she quit her bitchin'
Now drink your beer
Get out of here
And get back in the kitchen.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE NEAR FUTURE (Irving Berlin)
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 03 Sep 10 - 03:16 PM

Perhaps some of the most universally identified four notes.

Irving Berlins "The Near Future" copyright 1919
from lyricstime.com

How dry I am, how dry I am
It's plain to see just why I am
No alcohol in my highball
And that is why so dry I am

[Man:]
How dry I am, how dry I am
It's plain to see just why I am
No alcohol in my highball
And that is why so dry I am
Waiter, Waiter

[Waiter:]
What do you want? What do you want?

[Man:]
I'm just as thirsty as can be

[Waiter:]
What'll you have? What'll you have?

[Man:]
Suggest a little drink for me

[Waiter:]
Of the very finest soft drinks we have all the best

[Man:]
I don't know a thing about them
What would you suggest?

[Waiter:]
Have a little Coca-Cola
Really, it's a lovely drink
Percy, Clarence, Reginald, too
They will recommend it to you
Have a little Coca-Cola
It's the very best I think
It isn't alcoholic but you can have a frolic
If you take enough to drink

[Man:]
They are much too dry

[Waiter:]
Then how'd you like to try
Sarsaparilla, try sarsaparilla
Sarsaparilla ought to do
Rockefeller drinks sarsaparilla
And what's good enough for Rockefeller
Is good enough for you

[Man:]
Go and tell John D
His drink won't do for me

[Waiter:]
Then have a little glass of grape juice
It's the only drink to buy
Really, it's fine, simply divine
It's recommended by William J. Bryan
Eve'rybody's drinking grape juice
Ever since the town went dry
I've heard them tell, sir
That grape juice and seltzer
Is just the little drink to try

[Man:]
That won't do, I'm afraid

[Waiter:]
Then try some lemonade
A little lemon, a little sugar
A little vichy and a straw
Makes the very nicest little drink you ever saw
You ought to buy one, come on and try one
For it's the finest drink that's made
Drinks like this'll wet your whistle
Have a glass of lemonade

[Man:]
That won't do I fear
I'd like a glass of beer

[Waiter:]
Then have some Bevo
Have a drink of Bevo
It's the grandest imitation that we know
If you care for beer, it's the drink you should pick
It tastes like lager but it hasn't got the kick

[Bevo Girl:]
Bevo, have a drink of Bevo
Though it hasn't got a punch up it's sleeve-o

[Waiter:]
Those who drink it insist that a Christian Scientist
Could easily come staggering home on Bevo

[Man:]
How dry I am, how dry I am
It's plain to see just why I am
Oh, how I call for alcohol
And that is why so dry I am

[The Spirit of Alcohol:]
I hear you calling me
I am the Spirit of Alcohol
For let me assure you one and all
I'm not dead, I'm only asleep
Some day I'll come back to you

[Chorus:]
We hope you do, we hope you do

[The Spirit of Alcohol:]
When your laws are not so blue

[Chorus:]
We hope you do, we hope you do

[The Spirit of Alcohol:]
When you give Prohibition your shoe

[Chorus:]
You bet your life we'll kick it
Because it's very wicked

[The Spirit of Alcohol:]
Say to Mister Temperance you're through

[Chorus:]
That's what we'll do, that's what we'll do

[The Spirit of Alcohol:]
I'll come back someday
With a hip, hip hooray
Until I do, I'll give to you
A little cocktail that is new

SAME FOUR Notes and phrase appearing in:
How Dry I Am (Show Me the Way to Cairo)
Copyright 1921
by Johnstone and Johnstone
Sheet Music at digital.library.ucla.edu "Archive of Popular American Music"

Ship me east of Cairo land
Where there is jog on every hand.

Where the best is like the worst
And a man can raise a thirst
Gone are all the popping corks
And the glasses that used to clink.pr>

Water, water, everywhere
But not a drop to drink.

Nobody knows - How dry I Am
I long to be back with Omar Khay-am
Beneath the bough
A jug of wine and thou
And from the flowing cup I would sup now

Just to lie around lazy
In the sunlight hazy
With my arm around a daisy
And say here's how
Nobody know - How dry I Am
I long to be back with wonderful Omar Khay-am.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

In-ability of "Guests" to post http address is a pain.


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Subject: Lyr Add: THAT'S WHY I'M HERE (Kenny Chesney)
From: Roger in Baltimore
Date: 03 Sep 10 - 02:01 PM

A country favorite of my is Ken Chesney's "That's why I'm Here".

That's Why I'm Here lyrics

No I ain't had nothing to drink
I knew that's probably what you'd think
If I dropped by this time of night
Remember way back when
I promised you I'd drop in
At one of those meetings down at the Y

Well, they started talkin bout steps you take
Mistakes you make
The hearts you break
And the price you pay
I almost walked away

You could hear a pin drop
When this old man
Stood up and said I'm gonna' say it again
Like I do every week
For those who don't know me

It's the simple things in life
Like the kids at home and a loving wife
That you miss the most, when you lose control
And everything you love starts to disappear
The devil takes your hand and says no fear
Have another shot, just one more beer
Yah, I've been there, that's why I'm here

This ole boy stood up in the aisle
Said he'd been living a life of denial
And he cried as he talked about wasted years
I couldn't believe what I heard
It was my life word for word
And all of the sudden it was clear

It's the simple things in life
Like the kids at home and a loving wife
That you miss the most, when you lose control
And everything you love starts to disappear
The devil takes your hand and says no fear
Have another shot, just one more beer
Yah, I've been there, that's why I'm here

I know for us it may be too late
But it would mean the world to me
If you were there when I stand to say
It's the simple things in life
Like the kids at home and a loving wife
That you miss the most, when you lose control
And everything you love starts to disappear
The devil takes your hand and says no fear
Have another shot, just one more beer
Yah, I've been there, that's why I'm here
Oh, I've been there, that's why I'm here

Roger in Baltimore


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Jack Campin
Date: 03 Sep 10 - 09:46 AM

Spelling:

Immanuel Kant
Schopenhauer
Hegel
Wittgenstein
Schlegel
Nietzsche
shandy
Aristotle
Hobbes
Rene Descartes


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 11:55 PM

Monty Python

emanual kant was a real pissant
who could drink you under the table
david hume could outconsume Schopenhouer and hagle
and litginstein was a beery swine who was just as sloshed as shlagle
There's nothing Nitsche couldn't teach ya
bout the raising of the wrist
socrates himself was permanently pissed

John Stuart mill, of his own free will
on a half a pint of shanty was particularly ill
Plato they say, could stick it away
half a crate of whiskey every day
aristottle aristottle was a bugger for the bottle
hobbs was fond of his dram
an' rene decart was a drunken fart, I drink therefore I am
Yes socrates is particularily missed
a lovely little thinker, but a bugger when he's pissed


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: LadyJean
Date: 01 May 10 - 12:43 AM

There's a wonderful French song calles "Sans Souci". If my French and my memory were a bit better I'd write it out.

"Father Dear Father Come Home" comes from a novel called "Ten Nights In a Bar Room", which accounts the troubles the Sickle and Sheaf tavern create in a small New England town.

My mom used to sing a parody of it, with the chorus, "Oh the doors swing in and the doors swing out. And some pass in, while others pass out. Your father I fear is having a beer, behind those swinging doors." But I've forgotten a few of the verses. I'd be thrilled if someone else knew them and posted them.

There's always "Farewell to Whiskey", which being by Robert Burns is fairly moving.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Clontarf83
Date: 01 May 10 - 12:30 AM

If you are interested I wrote and recorded a lament for a woman friend who died of alcoholism--they found her dead at the foot of her christmas tree where she had been wrapping presents for her estranged children, with two forty pounders of vodka on the floor beside her. Not sure how to send it to you--I have an mp3 file


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: kendall
Date: 30 Apr 10 - 07:44 PM

Sunday morning coming down.
Little Blossom
Shingling the rum sellers roof


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: John Routledge
Date: 30 Apr 10 - 07:20 PM

Thanks Joe. I rushed down this thread to put The Reunion by Cyril Tawney down and there it was.

Haven't heard Cyril singing it but Martin Wyndham-Read does as quietly chilling version.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Joe_F
Date: 30 Apr 10 - 06:31 PM

"Reunion", by Cyril Tawney, is a *non*drinking song by someone who knows he can't handle the stuff.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 30 Apr 10 - 05:44 PM

Old King Beer
A Pint of Contraception
Drop of Nelson's Blood
Old Dun Cow
Doll Thy Ale


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,russell j baines
Date: 30 Apr 10 - 05:40 PM

alcoholic's melody


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: reggie miles
Date: 10 Jan 08 - 01:30 AM

Here's one that came to be after listening to a musical partner tell me all of the various ways that he knew to refer to being drunk. I then started a thread here and asked for the same input before crafting the following.

Drunk Reggie Miles © 2004

On Monday we get plastered with martinis till we're lewd
On Tuesday we go to the pub and drink beer until we're screwed
On Wednesday we hang at the bar and down too many keggers
On Thursday we're found at the lounge test hopping liquor flavors
On Friday evening we begin our weekend drinkathon
On Saturday we celebrate by getting loaded all day long
On Sunday we slow down a bit and sip wine until we're feelin' no pain
Because tomorrow is the day we get to start all over again

And we'll get pickled, pissed, plowed, parboiled, polluted to the gills,
And we'll get sloppy, smashed, soaked, and stewed until we've had our fills
And we'll get tangle footed, tight as a drum, and three sheets to the wind
And tomorrow is the day that we'll get drunk all over again

On Monday we get rummy with Bicardi till we stammer
On Tuesday we go pubbin' and guzzle Guiness till we're hammered
On Wednesday we hang at the bar, slammin' down the Yeagers
On Thursday we're found at the lounge with Johnny Walker's favors
On Friday morning we begin our drinkend week-a-thon
On Saturday we celebrate with Jack Daniels all day long
On Sunday we slow down a bit and sip Smirnoff till we're feelin' no pain
Because tomorrow is the day we get to start all over again

And we'll get tipsy, totaled, tanked up, toasted till we've had enough
And we'll get wobbly, well oiled, wrecked, and wasted, wiped out, from the stuff
And we'll get lit up, loaded, fallin' down, feelin' it, and then
Tomorrow is the day that we'll get drunk all over again

And we'll get liquored up, over the limit, looped, and lubricated
We'll get ripped, embalmed, sauced and then thoroughly marinated
We'll be seein' double, blind, and glazed and dazed till who knows when
And tomorrow is the day we get to start all over again
Oh tomorrow is the day that we'll get drunk all over again

And we'll get breathalyzed, DWIs, jail time, and courtroom fines
We'll be 86ed, searched, and cuffed, for weavin' o'er them centerlines
And we'll get impound fees, towing bills, revoked licenses and then
Tomorrow is the day we start our twelve steps over again
Yes, tomorrow is the day we join AA all over again
How dry I am....


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Subject: Lyr Add: LIGHTNING BAR BLUES (Hoyt Axton)
From: GUEST,Andy, Port Erin, I-O-M
Date: 10 Jan 08 - 12:29 AM

My favourite of all time is LIGHTNING BAR BLUES, written by Hoyt Axton but performed by many, many artistes. The best version I ever heard was by Shakin' Stevens and The Sunsets (before the "hit" period". Quite outstanding. These are the lyrics:

Lightning Bar Blues
by Hoyt Axton

CHORUS:
I don't need no diamond ring
I don't need no Cadillac car
Just want to drink my Ripple wine
Down in the Lightnin' Bar
Down in the Lightnin' Bar

Some people value fortune and fame
I don't care about 'em none
Just want to drink my Ripple wine
I want to have my good time fun
Have my good time fun

CHORUS

When I die don't cry for me
Don't bury me at all
Place my livin', laughin', lovin' bones
In a jar of alcohol
Hundred proof alcohol

CHORUS

©1970 Lady Jane Music (BMI)


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Subject: Lyr Add: WHITE WINOS (Loudon Wainwright III)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 09 Jan 08 - 07:15 PM

You can hear an archived radio program that contains this song: Click to play and then advance to 51 minutes, 30 seconds from the beginning of the sound file.

WHITE WINOS
Loudon Wainwright III

Mother liked her white wine when she was alive.
She was desperate to live, but her limit was five.
Carefully I'd kiss her, send her off to bed.
We always stuck with white wine. We stayed away from red.
Always stick with white wine. Stay away from—

Mother liked her white wine. She'd have a glass or two
Almost ev'ry single night after her day was through:
Sancerre, chardonnay, Chablis, pinot grigio,
Just to take the edge off, just to get the glow.
You've got to take the edge off if you want to get the—

Mother liked her white wine. She'd have a glass or three,
And we'd sit out on the screen porch, white winos, mom and me.
We'd talk about her childhood, recap my career.
When we got to my father, that was when I'd switch to beer.
We got to the old man and I'd always switch to—

Mother liked her white wine. She'd have a glass or four,
Each empty bottle a dead soldier. The marriage was no more.
When we blurred the edges, when we drank a lot,
That's when I got nervous, when the glow got hot.
I always get nervous when the glow gets—

I still like my white wine and I'll have a glass or two,
And when I'm down, I'll drink some whiskey. It's something I shouldn't do.
And ev'ry now and then I'll take a drop of red,
When I'm with a woman that I want to take to bed,
When I'm with a woman that I want to take—

Mother liked her white wine when she was alive.
She was desperate to live, but her limit was five.
Carefully I'd kiss her, send her off to bed.
Thank God we stuck to white wine and we stayed away from—
Mother liked her white wine.

[Recorded by Loudon Wainwright III on his album "Last Man on Earth," 2001. It's also featured in the soundtrack of the film "28 Days," and on the soundtrack album.]


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Jill
Date: 23 Nov 06 - 05:54 PM

What about "Goodbye Booze" and "Won't Get Drunk No More", on Alex Campbell's album Goodbye Booze.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Jill


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE DARK, SLENDER LADDIE / AS BEURLA
From: An Buachaill Caol Dubh
Date: 23 Nov 06 - 12:17 PM

There's a joke about, "What's the difference between a Drunk and an Alcoholic?", the answer being, "A Drunk doesn't have to go to the meetings..."; but, when I mentioned this in conversation with an alcoholic some years ago, he answered, "A Drunk enjoys it", so maybe it's not so funny after all. Anyway, bearing in mind this distinction, and what an earlier poster wrote about songs for Drinkers/Drunkards as distinct from songs for Alcoholics, how about the eighteenth-century song by Sean O'Seanachainn (Sean Aerach), which may be translated as "THE DARK, SLENDER LADDIE"? This version "As Beurla" is closely modelled on the translation by Donal O'Sullivan in his "Songs of the Irish", 1960.

When I'm at the market, some cloth to purchase,
And hold the earnest within my hand;
The dark, slender laddie still seeks and searches
Till he slips beside me, and there he'll stand.
It's not long after my senseless laughter
Will reach the rafters, so bright and bould;
And I'm tormented, for my money's spent, and
My clothes still unmended, and me sterved wi' could.

The "Buchaill Caol Dubh" is learned and charming,
Open-handed, of aspect fine;
And he has left me destroyed, he's bereft me
Of health and fortune, of land and kine.
Tho' I'd cross over the stormy ocean,
From the Port of Howth to Inis Mhor,
Swift as a swallow, my track he'd follow,
And by the morrow, he'd be on the shore.

Queen Aobhill of Thomond met us, roaming
Along the roadways, and to the lad said she,
Let him me abandon, and she would grant him
A hundred drunkards... instead of me.
Right firm and boldly, the laddie told her
He'd always hold to so close a friend;
For ever faring throughout all Erin,
My fortune sharing until the end.

This version keeps a bit closer to the Irish original than O'Sullivan's, and tries to preserve something of the internal rhyming and assonance characteristic of songs "As Gaelige". Cheers!

An Buachaill Caol Dubh.


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Subject: Lyr Add: ALCOHOL (from The Kinks)
From: number 6
Date: 22 Nov 06 - 11:24 PM

This song has been mentioned up above ... as far as I'm concerned it's the best 'alcoholic' song I ever heard.

Alcohol ... by Ray Davies (the Kinks)
        
Here is a story about a sinner,
He used to be a winner who enjoyed a life of prominence and position,
But the pressures at the office and his socialite engagements,
And his selfish wife's fanatical ambition,
It turned him to the booze,
And he got mixed up with a floosie
And she led him to a life of indecision.
The floosie made him spend his dole
She left him lying on skid row
A drunken lag in some salvation army mission.
It's such a shame.

Oh demon alcohol,
Sad memories I cannot recall,
Who thought I would say,
Damn it all and blow it all,
Oh demon alcohol,
Memories I cannot recall,
Who thought I would fall a slave to demon alcohol.

Barley wine pink gin,
He'll drink anything,
Port, pernod or tequila,
Rum, scotch, vodka on the rocks,
As long as all his troubles disappeared.
But he messed up his life and he beat up his wife,
And the floosie's gone and found another sucker
She's gonna turn him on to drink
She's gonna lead him to the brink
And when his money's gone,
She'll leave him in the gutter,
It's such a shame.

Oh demon alcohol,
Sad memories I cannot recall,
Who thought I would fall,
A slave to demon alcohol.

biLL


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Subject: ADD: I Likes a Drop of Good Beer
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Nov 06 - 11:14 PM

This being Thanksgiving and a day for celebrating gluttony and such, maybe we need these words of inspiration from the American Memory Collection of the Library of Congress.

IMPRINT
New York, New York: H. De Marsan
RELATED NAME(S)
Publisher: H. De Marsan
SHELF LOCATION
American Song Sheets, Series 2, Volume 1


I LIKES A DROP OF GOOD BEER.


One of Harry Pearson's Celebrated Comic Songs, as sung by H. C. WINTON, at his popular Social Scirées.

I'm Roger Rough, a ploughman,
A ploughman's son am I,
And like my thirsty feyther,
My throttle's always dry;
Let t' world go wrang, to me it's reet..
What need I interfere?..
I work and I sing from morn till neet,
And then I drinks my beer;
For, I likes a drop o' good beer, I does.
I'm fond of a drop o' good beer, I is;
Let gentlemen fine sit down to their wine,
But I likes a drop o' good beer, I does.

There's Sarah, that's my wife, sir,
Loves beer as well as me,
Who's the happiest woman in life, sir,
Who's happy as woman can be:
Who does her work, takes care t'bairns..
No gossiping neighbors near..
And, as every Saturday neet returns,
Like me, Sal drinks her beer;
For, Sarah likes her beer, she does;
She's fond on a drop of good beer, she is:
Let gentlemen fine sit down to their wine,
Sarah she likes her beer, she does.

There's my ow'd man, God bless him!
He's now turned eighty-five;
Hard work can never distress him,
He's the happiest chap alive;
He labors well, 'as gotten his health,
His heart and head is clear;
Possessed of these, he needs no wealth;
So he sings, and drinks his beer;
For, the ow'd man likes his beer, he does,
He's fond on a drop of good beer, he is:
Let gentlemen fine sit down to their wine,
But the ow'd man likes his beer, he does.

So, lads, need no persuasion,
But fill your glasses round;
We'll never fear invasion,
While barley grows i' th' ground;
Let discord cease, and joys increase
Wi' every coming year;
Possessed of these, and blessed wi' peace,
Why, we'll sing and we'll drink our beer;
For, we likes a drop of good beer, we does,
We're fond on a drop of good beer, we is;
Let gentlemen fine sit down to their wine,
But we likes a drop of good beer, we does


Stamped: 152


H. DE MARSAN, Publisher,
54 Chatham Street, New-York.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 12 Apr 05 - 11:53 PM

jOhn   O    joHn



Why are you missing from this thread?



The census zones, pizza deliveries, MC posting....have already revealed you as a "man of the bottle."



Surely, there are couple more unposted rhymes from the UK you and dredge up from that foggy memory.!!!



Sincerely, your once good friend - awaiting replies to multiple e-mails over a year ago.


Gargoyle


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Severn
Date: 12 Apr 05 - 10:29 PM

"The Drunken Driver"-Molly O'day, Stanley Bros, NLC Ramblers, among others

Just about every plot twist imaginable all in one glorious old time country weeper.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Severn
Date: 12 Apr 05 - 10:14 PM

I found an LP in a library sale recently by The American Music Group, a student chorus at ths U. of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)!?!?!
of nothing but temperance music, gleaned from the Womens Christian Temperance Union Francis Willard Library For Alchohol Research. The songs date from 1878-1939 and were taken from various publications and songbooks of the day, with such hits as "Tell Mother I'll Vote Dry", Wine is A Mocker" Lillie Of The Snowstorm" The Dead March Of The Saloon" and "When The Girls Can Vote". 24 Hits in all! Interesting, if quaint, stuff! Unfortunately, no lyric sheets included.

It's called "The American Music Group Volume 2 Temperance Music (LP 260-02) and came out in 1972. Their adress then was:


The American Music Group
PO Box 2866 Station A
Champaign, Illinois 61820.


This LP was one of a set of four I found. Volume 4 was of Sacred Harp music. Vol. 1 was Excerpts from The Young Folks Glee Book (1856)
and Vol. 3 was Solo songs w/ Four Part Chorus. Interesting period gems abound among the sometimes hokey and trite, but i just thought direct you to the biggest storehouse of anti-drink songs I know.


Back to the pub, everybody!!!


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 12 Apr 05 - 09:19 PM

I found this list posted at another forum: http://ilx.wh3rd.net/thread.php?msgid=2062844 (and I tidied it up a bit).

$500 Bottle of Wine (Fall)
A Drunk Can't Be a Man (Merle Haggard)
All That Wine Is Gone (Big Jay McNeely)
Alligator Wine (Screamin' Jay Hawkins)
Baptize Me in Wine (Screamin' Jay Hawkins)
Bartender's Blues (George Jones)
Beer Drinkin' Woman (Memphis Slim)
Bloody Mary Morning (Willie Nelson)
Blues in the Bottle (Holy Modal Rounders)
Booze in the Bottle (Carter Brothers)
Booze, Tobacco (Butthole Surfers)
Bottles and Barstools (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Buddy Stay off That Wine (Betty Hall Jones)
Champagne and Wine (Otis Redding)
Cocktails for Two (Art Tatum)
Daddy's Drinking Up Our Christmas (Commander Cody)
Daddy's Moonshine Still (Dolly Parton)
Don't Come Home A-Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind) (Loretta Lynn)
Don't Drink That Wine (NWA)
Don't Take My Whiskey Away (Wynonie Harris)
Down Where the Drunkards Roll (Richard & Linda Thompson)
Drink Too Much (Macka B)
Drink Up and Be Somebody (Merle Haggard)
Drinkin' by Myself (Wynonie Harris)
Drinkin' CV Wine (Howlin' Wolf)
Drinkin' Sherry Wine (Wynonie Harris)
Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Drunk Country (Midfield General)
Drunk on the Moon (Tom Waits)
Drunked Hearted Man (Robert Johnson)
Gin House Blues (Bessie Smith, Nina Simone)
Gin Soaked Boy (Tom Waits)
Give Me Yo' Most Strongest Whisky (Denise LaSalle)
Happy Hour (Ted Hawkins)
Heartaches and Hangovers (George Jones)
Heaven Was a Drink of Wine (Merle Haggard)
Hittin' the Bottle Again (John Lee Hooker)
Honky Tonk Song (George Jones)
Honky Tonk Wine (Jerry Lee Lewis)
I Ain't Drunk (Jimmy Liggins)
I Don't Wanna Sober Up Tonight (Merle Haggard)
I Drink and Gamble (James Brown)
I Gotta Get Drunk (George Jones, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson)
I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink (Merle Haggard)
If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me (Her Memory Will) (George Jones)
I'll Give You Something to Drink About (George Jones)
I'll Leave the Bottle on the Bar (Merle Haggard)
I'm Not Drinking Any More (I'm Not Drinking Any Less) (Chris Wall)
Jockey Full of Bourbon (Tom Waits)
Last Orders (Fall)
Last Orders Please (Faces)
Me and My Gin (Dinah Washington)
Misery and Gin (Merle Haggard)
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (John Lee Hooker)
One for My Baby (Frank Sinatra)
One Mint Julep (Louis Prima, Clovers, Ray Charles)
Pink Champagne That Left Me Feeling Blue (Joe Liggins)
Quiet Whiskey (Wynonie Harris)
Red, Red Wine (Tony Tribe)
Sally, Where'd You Get Your Whiskey? (Reverend Gary Davis)
Sloppy Drunk Blues and Straight Alcy Blues (Leroy Carr)
Snake Bite (Denim)
Straight No Chaser (Thelonious Monk)
Streams of Whiskey (Pogues)
Sunday Morning Coming Down (Willie Nelson)
Sweet Was the Wine (Impressions, Persuasions)
Swinging Doors (Merle Haggard)
Tennessee Whiskey (George Jones)
The Bottle (Tammy Wynette)
The Kneeling Drunkard's Plea (Louvin Brothers)
The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me) (Tom Waits)
The Price on the Bottle (Louvin Brothers)
The Warm Red Wine (George Jones)
There Stands the Glass (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Tom Drunk (U-Roy)
Tom Traubert's Blues (Four Sheets To The Wind In Copenhagen) (Tom Waits)
Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down (Merle Haggard, Elvis Costello)
Two More Bottles of Wine (Delbert McClinton)
Warm Beer and Cold Women (Tom Waits)
What's Made Milwaukee Famous (Jerry Lee Lewis)
Whiskey and Wimmen (John Lee Hooker)
Whiskey in the Jar (Thin Lizzy)
Whiskey Made Me Drunk (Rosco Gordon)
Whiskey River (Willie Nelson)
White Lightnin' (George Jones)
Why Am I Drinkin' (Merle Haggard)
Wine Spodee-O-Dee (Lightnin' Hopkins)
Wine Wine Sweet Wine (Wynonie Harris)
Wine Women and Rock 'n' Roll (Swamp Dogg)
Wino the Clown (George Jones)
Yesterday's Wine (George Jones)
You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk (Pet Shop Boys)


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Davetnova
Date: 22 Feb 05 - 03:14 AM

to the tune Love Me Tender


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: MAG
Date: 21 Feb 05 - 12:05 PM

Van Morrison also did one about working the 12 steps -- can't remember the name of the recording off the top of my head.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: thespionage
Date: 21 Feb 05 - 01:06 AM

Although not a folk song, "Master of the House" from Herbert Kretzmer's English translation of the pop opera Les Misérables is great on the topic of drinking.

Russ


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Subject: Lyr Add: GOD LOVES A DRUNK (Richard Thompson)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 20 Feb 05 - 11:13 PM

Mentioned by Oggie above:

Lyrics copied from MySongBook.de

GOD LOVES A DRUNK
(Richard Thompson)

Will there be any bartenders up there in Heaven?
Will the pubs never close? Will the glass never drain?
No more D.T.s and no shakes and no horrors,
And the very next morning you feel right as rain.

But God loves a drunk, the lowest of men,
Like the dogs in the street and the pigs in the pen;
But a drunk's only trying to get free from his body,
And he soars like an eagle high up there in heaven,
And his shouts and his curses are just hymns and praises
To kick-start his mind now and then.

God loves a drunk. Come raise up your glasses. Amen.

Does God really care for your life in the suburbs?
A dull little life full of dull little things,
And bring up the babies to be just like Daddy,
And maybe you'll be there when He gives out the wings.

But God loves a drunk, although he's a fool,
And he wets in his pants, and he falls off his stool,
And he can't hear the insults and whispers go by him
As he leans in the doorway and sings 'Sally Rackett',
And he can't feel the cold rain beat down on his body
And soak through his clothes to the skin.

God loves a drunk. Come raise up your glasses. Amen.

Will there be any pen pushers up there in Heaven?
Does clerking and wage-slaving win you God's love?
I pity you worms with your semis and pensions
If you think that'll get you to the kingdom above.

But God loves a drunk, although he's a clown,
And you can't help but laugh as he gags and falls down,
And he don't give a curse for what people think of him,
And he screams at his demons alone in the darkness.
He's staying alive for just one more pint bottle.
Won't you throw him a few pennies, friend?

God loves a drunk, for ever and ever. Amen.

(As sung by Norma Waterson)


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Enderby
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 08:52 PM

'Yes I guess they oughta name a drink after you' by John Prine from Diamonds in the Rough.

'Farewell to Whiskey' sung by Dave Gaughan, don't know who wrote it though....


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Brandy
Date: 29 Jan 05 - 01:27 AM

Don't forget "...HAVE SOME MADEIRA, M'DEAR...
It's surely much better than beer...."
B!


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 11:33 PM

Carrickfergus and NOTTINGHAM ALE


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE WINE SONG (Grant Baynham)
From: JennyO
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 10:56 PM

"The Parting Glass" a song for alcoholics? That's stretching it a bit!

Now here's one I have posted before. It's about getting drunk, and it's very funny. I think it's worth adding to this thread:

THE WINE SONG

by Grant Baynham   

There are those who like their wine
Because it adds sophistication
To that hearty meal they're serving to their friends.
And there are those who like their wine
Because it helps in the creation
Of that party feel on which so much depends.
And there are those who'd like their wine
To come from eastward-facing chateaux
On the plateaux of Lorraine and all that bunk
But their motives are not mine
And I like lots and lots of wine
And I like it 'cos it makes me drunk.

There are those who take a glass
Because it helps them to relax
They find it helps their social manner to improve
Well, that's a jolly useful scheme
Which I have taken to its logical extreme:
I sometimes get so well-relaxed I can't move
And there's another kind of fellow
Drinks champagne to make him mellow
And he swears by Cliquot, Bollinger and Brut
Well, I tried some Brut meself
I found it on the bathroom shelf
And he was right: it got me mellow as a newt.

You can judge your wine by the quality of the vine,
Its colour and bouquet and all that junk.
But it all comes back to the falling over factor
And the fact that it gets you drunk.

There are those who like to think
That it's important what you drink
They haven't got an inkling what it's all about
They spend their evenings wasting
Decent drinking time by tasting
Drops of this and that, then spitting it all out.
They pass along the tables
Strewth, they even read the labels
Muttering things like, "What a shame
The cork has shrunk"
Or "fruity nose" or "too much tannin"
When they ought to get a man in
Who appreciates the chance to get drunk.


They waste their time describing
What they ought to be imbibing
Which is wine of course, although you'd never think it.
'Cos they use words like "young but promising, "
"Precocious," "full of fun";
You'd think they were going to adopt the stuff
Not drink it.
And at a meal these silly asses
Have a row of empty glasses
A different wine with every dish they eat.
Me, I mix whatever's handy
In a stiff, all-purpose shandy
Which goes very nice with fish or Shredded Wheat.

You can judge your wine by the quality of the vine
Its colour and bouquet and all that junk
But it all comes back to the falling over factor
And the fact that it gets you drunk

And there are those who take delight
Pronouncing all the labels right
They roll their r's and do those German glottals.
Me, I couldn't give a monkey's
'Cos the stuff for getting drunk is
On the inside not the outside of the bottles
So if you have a cheese and wine
Invite your friendly Philistine
Call me drunkard, call me sot
Or call me wino. What do I know?
You'll find me in the kitchen
I'll be giggerlin' and twitchin'
Having a sup and throwing up
Across your lino

You can judge your wine by the quality of the vine
Its colour and bouquet, if you insist…
But it all comes back to the falling over factor
And the fact that it gets you
Misty-eyed and mellow, gets you
Maudlin, mawkish, miserable and PISSED!


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 07:56 PM

Forgive me if I list any already cited, but I think these are new to this thread.

Whiskey You're the Devil, The Parting Glass - easiest found by Clancy Bros.. who also recorded any number of other good boozers, as did Patrick Galvin, A.L.Lloyd and others from the eastern side of the water.
Cruiskeen Lawn
Let Her Sleep Under the Bar
No More Booze - it's in Sandburg, maybe as Fireman Save My Child
The Stout Family (Glorious, Glorious)
Quartermaster's Corps
Never Get Drunk No More...

and also the classic recitation, "Last Night I Decided To Give Up Drinking," which was recorded in a shortened and somewhat dulled-down version by Johnny Bond as TEN LITTLE BOTTLES.

However, I agree, we're largely suggesting songs for drinkers and drunks. Songs for alcoholics per se is a much different and more disenchanted group. What about "Morning-After" songs? "Kicking-the-Habit" songs? More to the point, what exactly IS a "song for alcoholics" apart from drinking & drunk songs?


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Les from Hull
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 07:30 PM

Fogie - the song you might want is 'Whiskey, you're the devil'

And while I'm here, my favourite alcosong is Loudon Wainwright's WINE WITH DINNER.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 07:23 PM

Add in the Irish cautionary tale "THE JUICE OF THE BARLEY".

and Mike Harding's "I ain't Gonna Drink No More", which expresses the results in a tight little chorus:-

Hughie Hughie Hughie Hughie, Ruth Ruth Ruth,
Hughie Hughie Hughie Hughie, Ruth Ruth Ruth,
Oh man, I ain't gonna drink,
I ain't gonna drink no more.


Don T.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,DHL
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 02:26 PM

Richard Thompson wrote a song called "God Loves a Drunk" Norma Waterson sings it on a solo album. Not sure of the CD name but it can be located on the Waterson/Carthy website.


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: fogie
Date: 28 Jan 05 - 01:02 PM

Len Graham sung a good song called "whisky o whisky" youve led me astray- anybody got the words


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 27 Jan 05 - 07:11 PM

Good Liquor Gonna Carry Me Down


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Subject: Lyr Add: ALKIE'S LAMENT
From: Wrinkles
Date: 27 Jan 05 - 02:07 PM

Rather than being about "songs for alcoholics," this thread seems on the whole more like "drinking songs," so I thought I'd redress the balance with this little number I wrote about my recovery from alcoholism. It's got a bluesy/country feel to it.

ALKIE'S LAMENT

1. I woke up in this hospital bed.
All I know is the pain in my head.
Don't know how I got here; don't know how I came.
I'm back in the DT ward again.
Maybe I was busted after a fight,
Or a Samaritan's kindness to me in the night.
Who really knows? Who gives a damn?
I've ended up here all the same.
The doc says I'm dyin'.
She says she's quite sure
If I don't quit the drinkin', I'll be dead for sure.
Gives me an injection then puts me right out of her mind.

[Refrain:] And Lord, I miss my mama, and I want my teddy bear.
But both were lost, long time ago. They're memories in the air;
And Lord, I feel like dyin' but I don't wanna die alone,
Yet I've never found a single place that feels like I belong.

2. My bed is awash with my blood and my sweat.
I shake with a violence that ain't over yet.
My bowels and my belly don't know they are mine,
And my eyes cannot focus no more;
But I can still see the contempt in their eyes.
I put on a brave face but I wanna cry
When I hear, "Trash from the gutter," "an alkie," "a drunk."
Truth hurts when it burns in your ears.
For God knows I've tried, ten times or more,
But when each day before me's a tedious chore,
I only pass though it by drownin' my pain
And runnin' away from the night.

[Refrain]

3. I lie here and wonder what's worth livin' for
And remember the days when I was so young and sure.
Before I found my bottle, my treacherous friend,
Who steals while he's takin' away.
Now the junkies and whores look down on me
And the hobos avoid my company,
And even this place says I've blown my last chance,
And they will not treat me again.
Dear God, one more chance! I'll try very hard
If you can forgive me all my false starts.
Lord, I don't wanna die, with all that I've done,
Still hangin' guilty on me.

[Final refrain:] And Lord I miss my mama, and I want my teddy bear.
But both were lost, long time ago. They're memories in the Air;
And Lord I feel like dyin' but I don't wanna die alone,
Yet I've never found a single place that feels like I belong.
Yet I've never found a single place that feels like I belong.

FINIS

And lest I be accused of being a downer I'll share this little ditty I learned from that great tunemaster Osmosis;

I wish I could drink like a Lady,
But I can only have two at the most.
Three puts me under the table,
And four puts me under the host!

Barbara


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Subject: RE: Wanted: Songs for alcoholics!
From: GUEST,Snuffy
Date: 27 Jan 05 - 09:52 AM

Supersearch is down, but I think the Kipper Family's Are You Dry may be in the Cat somewhere

Are you dry? Are you dry?
Or will you go to hell where you will fry?
We are the little troop
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Subject: Lyr Add: I AM NEVER GOING TO DRINK AGAIN
From: alanabit
Date: 27 Jan 05 - 02:56 AM

Merle Haggard's "THE BOTTLE LET ME DOWN" is probably my favourite song about a compulsive drinker. I also like a song called "Sick, Sober and Sorry," of which I have a recording by Sourdough Slim and Blackie. My own offering, "I Am Never Going To Drink Again," has regrettably not been taken up by the temperance movement.

I AM NEVER GOING TO DRINK AGAIN

Oh what a horrible feeling! I can hardly move my head.
My mouth is dry. I've got two red eyes. I fear I'm almost dead.
But at least that's some improvement – if my legs don't give.
In my neck, at last there's movement,
And I'm no longer scared I'll live...but

        I'm never going to drink again.
        I'm never going to drink again.
        Can't move me head. It feels like lead.
        It gives me too much pain.
        I'm never going to drink again.
        I'm never going to drink again.
        So until tonight when a pub is in sight,
        I'm never going to drink again.

The alarm clock has started drilling a hangover into my brain.
I'm going to smash it, then, God willing,
I'm going back to sleep again.
But first a couple of aspirin – I think I'll take before....
Excuse me now. I'm gasping.... I think I'm going to ... once more

        I'm never going to drink again.
        Can't move me head. It feels like lead.
        It gives me too much pain.
        I'm never going to drink again.
        I'm never going to drink again.
        So until tonight when a pub is in sight,
        I'm never going to drink again.

Last night has just about cured me. it pushed me over the edge.
I don't know how my girlfriend endured me.
I think I'll sign the pledge.
(spoken) No, I won't go that far.
From now on, I'll drink in moderation,
For my symptoms have gone down.
That calls for a small celebration,
So tonight I'll hit the town.

        I was never going to drink again.
        Couldn't move me head. It felt like lead.
        It gave me too much pain.
        I was never going to drink again.
        I was never going to drink again.
        So until tonight when a pub is in sight,
        I'm never going to drink again.


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