About One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

"One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" (or "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer") is a blues song written by Rudy Toombs and recorded by Amos Milburn in 1953. It is one of several drinking songs recorded by Milburn in the early 1950s that placed in the top ten of the Billboard R&B chart. Other artists released popular recordings of the song, including John Lee Hooker in 1966 and George Thorogood in 1977.


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Want to tell you a storyAbout the house-man bluesI come home one FridayHad to tell the landlady I"da lost my jobShe said that don"t confront meLong as I get my money next FridayNow next Friday come I didn"t get the rentAnd out the door I wentSo I goes to the landladyI said you let me slide?I"ll have the rent for you in a monthNext I don"t knowSo said let me slide it on you know peopleI notice when I come home in the eveningShe ain"t got nothing nice to say to meBut for five year she was so niceLoh" she was lovy-dovyI come home one particular eveningThe landlady said you got the rent money yet?I said no, can"t find no jobTherefore I ain"t got no money to pay the rentShe said I don"t believe you"re tryin" to find no jobSaid I seen you today you was standin" on a cornerLeaning up against a postI said but I"m tired, I"ve been walkin" all dayShe said that don"t confront meLong as I get my money next FridayNow next Friday come I didn"t have the rentAnd out the door I wentSo I go down the streetsDown to my good friend"s houseI said look man I"m outdoors you knowCan I stay with you maybe a couple days?He said let me go and ask my wifeHe come out of the houseI could see it in his faceI know that was noHe said I don"t know man ah she kinda funny, you knowI said I know, everybody funny, now you funny tooSo I go back homeI tell the landlady I got a job, I"m gonna pay the rentShe said yeah, I said oh yeahAnd then she was so niceLoh" she was lovy-dovySo I go in my room, pack up my things and I goI slip on out the back door and down the streets I goShe a-howlin" about the front rent, she"ll be lucky to get any back rentShe ain"t gonna get none of itSo I stop in the local bar you know peopleI go to the bar, I ring my coat, I call the bartenderSaid look man, come down here, he got down thereSo what you want?One bourbon, one scotch, one beerWell I ain"t seen my baby since I don"t know whenI"ve been drinking bourbon, whiskey, scotch and ginGonna get high man I"m gonna get looseNeed me a triple shot of that juiceGonna get drunk don"t you have no fearI want one bourbon, one scotch and one beerOne bourbon, one scotch, one beerBut I"m sitting now at the barI"m getting drunk, I"m feelin" mellowI"m drinkin" bourbon, I"m drinkin" scotch, I"m drinkin" beerLooked down the barHere come the bartenderI said look man, come down hereSo what you want?One bourbon, one scotch, one beerNo I ain"t seen my baby since the night before lastGotta get a drink man I"m gonna get gassedGonna get high man I ain"t had enoughNeed me a triple shot of that stuffGonna get drunk won"t you listen right hereI want one bourbon, one shot and one beerOne bourbon, one scotch, one beerYeahScratch my back, babyAhNow by this time I"m plenty highYou know when your mouth a-getting dry You"re plenty highLooked down the bar I say to my bartenderI said look man, come down here, he got down thereSo what you want this time?I said look man, a-what time is it?He said the clock on the wall say three o"clockLast call for alcoholSo what you need?One bourbon, one scotch, one beerNo I ain"t seen my baby since a nigh" and a weekGotta get drunk man "til I can"t even speakGonna get high man listen to meOne drink ain"t enough Jack you better make it threeI want to get drunk I"m gonna make it real clearI want one bourbon, one scotch and one beerOne bourbon, one scotch, one beer

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George Thorogood George Thorogood (born February 24, 1950) is an American blues rock vocalist/guitarist from Wilmington, Delaware, United States, known for his hit song "Bad to the Bone" as well as for covers of blues standards such as Hank Williams" "Move It On Over" and John Lee Hooker"s "House Rent Boogie/One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," and Bo Diddley"s "Who Do You Love?". more »