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“One bourbon, one scotch and one beer
I said hey mister bartender come in here!
I want another drink and I want it now
my baby she’s gone, she’s been gone tonight
I aint seen my girl since the night before last
I wanna get drunk, get her off of my mind
I wanna a bourbon, one scotch and one beer.

And then I sat there, drinking
gettin high, mellow, knocked out, feelin good
and after a while, I looked on the wall
at the old clock
by that time it was 11:30
gettin’ little late
I looked down at the bar, at the bartender
I said, Hey! What do you want?
One bourbon, one scotch, and one beer.

Well my baby’s gone, she’s been gone tonight
I ain’t seen my baby since the night before last
I wanna get drunk, get her off of my mind
one bourbon, one scotch, and one beer.

And I saty there, I was drinking
getting stoned, and “dupe dupe”
getting a little buzy in the head
and after a while, I looked on the wall again
and by that time, lees cold, for alcohol
then I looked down at the bar, at the bartender
I said, Hey Mr. Bartender!
What do you want this time?
One bourbon, one scotch and one beer”.

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John Lee Hooker, One bourbon, one scotch, one beer – 2:58
(Rudy Toombs)
Album: The Real Folk Blues (1966)

Cover di One bourbon, one scotch, one beer, scritta da Rudy Toombs ed interpretata da Amos Milburn (1953).

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Citazioni.

One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer (or “One Bourbon, One Scotch, 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. […]
John Lee Hooker recorded the song as “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” in 1966. Hooker transformed Milburn’s song “into a vehicle for himself”. He used the storyline and chorus (but altered the order), but “edited the verse down to its essentials, filled in the gaps with narrative and dialogue, and set the whole thing to a rocking cross between South Side shuffle and signature boogie”. Part of Hooker‘s narrative included:

And then I sit there, drinkin’, gettin’ high, mellow, knocked out, feelin’ good
About that time I looked on the wall, at the old clock on the wall
About that time it was ten-thirty then, I looked down the bar at the bartender, he said
‘What do you want, Johnny?’, one bourbon, one scotch, and one beer

Hooker‘s version is notated as a medium tempo blues with an irregular number of bars in 4/4 time in the key of E. It was recorded in Chicago in 1966 with Hooker on vocal and guitar, pianist Lafayette Leake, guitarist Eddie “Guitar” Burns, drummer Fred Below, and an unknown bass player. The song was released on Hooker‘s 1966 The Real Folk Blues album and he later recorded several live renditions of the song. A live version with Muddy Waters‘ band recorded at the Cafe Au Go Go on August 30, 1966, has been described as “dark, slow, swampy-deep, and the degree of emotional rapport between Hooker and the band (particularly Otis Spann) [is] nothing less than extraordinary”.

(Wikipedia, voce One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer)

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