#749: 1966, John Lee Hooker, One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

by Charlie_East_West on August 30, 2013

In 1966, John Lee Hooker took Amos Milburn’s One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer blues song and recorded the song as One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer. The song tells the story of a man who is in a bar at closing time trying to get enough booze down his throat to forget that his girlfriend’s gone off, and his life is a mess – so he starts harassing a tired, bored bartender for another drink or ten.

Hooker altered the narrative of the song, and included lyrics such as:
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 down there?”, one bourbon, one scotch, and one beer..
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The song highlights that there are times in life where certain things go to shit and having a drink appears to be the only remedy. With that in mind, this song is for our bedraggled Prime Minister, David Cameron. He has had a shit week – and all of his own making.

So perhaps somewhere out there in a private members club in Westminster, or within the walls of Downing Street or Chequers, there is a slightly flushed in the face, slightly receding and slightly diminished Prime Minister who is now sitting down, taking a sharp intake of breath and ready to pour himself a large one of something strong to take the edge off (as mentioned in my previous post – I hope he is drinking an Old Fashioned).

Yes, even David Cameron has shit weeks. And by god, this was a shit week for him.

So, line them up Dave, and take it away, John Lee…

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Mike Killingworth August 31, 2013 at 6:45 am

Bloody brilliant song.

And the video’s even better…

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Charlie_East_West August 31, 2013 at 6:51 am

Mike – it is indeed. An absolute belter of a song.

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