The Winner
Bobby Bare Lyrics

The hulk of a man with a beer in his hand he looked like a drunk old fool
And I knew if I hit him right why I could knock him off of that stool
But everybody they said watch out hey that's the Tiger Man McCool
He's had the whole lotta fights and he's always come out winner yeah he's a winner
But I had myself about five too many and I walked up tall and proud
I faced his back and I faced the fact that he had never stooped or bowed
I said Tiger Man you're a pussycat and a hush fell on the crowd
I said let's you and me go outside and see who's the winner
Well he gripped the bar with one big hairy hand then he braced against the wall
He slowly looked up from his beer my God that man was tall
He said boy I see you're a scrapper so just before you fall
I'm gonna tell you just a little bout what it means to be a winner
He said now you see these bright white smilin' teeth you know they ain't my own
Mine rolled away like Chicklets down the street in San Antone
But I left that person cursin' nursin' seven broken bones
And he only broke ah three of mine that makes me the winner
He said now behind this grin I got a steel pin that holds my jaw in place
A trophy of my most successful motorcycle race
And each morning when I wake and touch this scar across my face
It reminds me of all I got by bein' a winner
Now this broken back was the dyin' act of a handsome Harry Clay
That sticky Cincinnati night I stole his wife away
But that woman she gets uglier and she gets meaner every day
But I got her boy that's what makes me a winner
He said you gotta speak loud when you challenge me son cause it's hard for me to hear
With this twisted neck and these migraine pains and this big ole cauliflower ear
And if it wadn't for this glass eye of mine why I'd shed a happy tear
To think of all that you gonna get by bein' a winner
I got arthritic elbows boy I got dislocated knees
From pickin' fights with thunderstorms and chargin' into trees
And my nose been broke so often I might lose if I sneeze
And son you say you still wanna be a winner
Now you remind me a lotta my younger days with your knuckles a clenchin' white
But boy I'm gonna sit right here and sip this beer all night
And if there's somethin' that you gotta gain to prove by winnin' some silly fight
Well okay I quit I lose you're the winner
So I stumbled from that barroom not so tall and not so proud
And behind me I still hear the hoots of laughter of the crowd
But my eyes still see and my nose still works and my teeth're still in my mouth
And you know I guess that makes me the winner


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This was played at my Marine husband's funeral one year ago. There were chuckles throughout the church as many old friends were there he had fought with in the bars when they were younger. Love you Bobby Bare and Shel Silverstein.

Loyalty Over Money 1

@Grannimere I take it he scammed you?

Lance W. Dellshannon

There are more verses to this song written by Shel Silverstein, that were recorded by Bobby Bare. The complete lyrics were printed in a copy of Playboy Magazine, many years ago. Silverstein was a long-time contributor of humor to that magazine, one of the finest artists, in memorable lyrics and poetry, of his generation. Always brings tears of joy to me while listening to Bobby Bare's singing. HIs collections of greatest hits truly are among the greatest recordings of all time, some humorous, others great ballads, and outstanding hits, all of them.


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Aiden Bear

They don’t make country music like this anymore will always love the classics

Parker McCollum🔹

Thank you Aiden have you been to any of my concert ?

Robert Holmes

I think every young man should listen to this song.. there's only two things worth fighting for, your family and your country! nothing else matters!!!

Robby D Durham

what I learned young was, that when you win, there's always someone wanting to set up and try you out. I'm a fast learner and only had one fist fight when I was 19 or so. The guy's brother was looking for me.

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