Gambling Bar Room Blues
Jimmie Rodgers Lyrics


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Ho-ho hey hey the gamblin' bar room blues

I went down to the corner just to meet my gal
I found her standin' on the
Sidewalk talkin' to my pal
I strolled back to the bar room
To get another drink of gin
But the first thing I knew I was reelin'
Rockin' and drunk again

I kept drinkin' gin and liquor 'till
Way up in the night
When my pal walked into the bar
Room we had an awful fight
I reached down for my razor
And then we knocked around
But when I pulled my pistol
I quickly smoked him down

Hey hee hey-ho, ho hoo hoo
Hoo oo hoo oo, hoo-ho, hoo hey-ho

I went down to see my baby
And met her on the way
I told her I'd have to leave her
I told her I could not stay
I started down to the station and
Stopped in at the bar
There I met a policeman riding in a motor car

We both drank lots of liquor
That flatfooted cop and I
I thought he would never leave me, Lord
I thought I'd die
My baby came in to join us
And then it began to rain
Then I had to hurry hurry
To catch that midnight train

I laid my head in the bar room door
I'll never get drunk anymore
I've pawned my watch and my golden chain
I've pawned my baby's diamond ring
Police, police, police
You're just as drunk as me




I'll grab that old eight-wheeler and make
For the deep blue sea

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Jimmie Rodgers's song "Gambling Bar Room Blues" depict a narrative of a man caught in a cycle of excessive drinking, gambling, and reckless behavior. The singer starts by going to a bar to meet his girlfriend but finds her talking to his friend. Feeling betrayed, he returns to the bar, drinks heavily, and gets into a fight with his friend. The situation escalates when he reaches for his razor, and ultimately, he resorts to using a pistol and killing his friend.


Afterwards, he encounters his girlfriend again and tells her he has to leave. As he heads towards the train station, he stops at another bar and encounters a policeman. The two of them indulge in heavy drinking, and the singer becomes fearful that the cop won't leave him alone. Finally, his girlfriend shows up, and as it starts to rain, he rushes to catch the midnight train. The song concludes with the singer expressing regret for his actions, acknowledging his descent into a destructive lifestyle, and contemplating escaping to the sea.


The lyrics of "Gambling Bar Room Blues" reflect the themes commonly found in the blues genre - despair, self-destruction, and the consequences of one's choices. It captures the destructive impact of alcoholism, gambling, and violence in the life of the singer. The song conveys a sense of hopelessness and the consequences of one's actions, ultimately leading to a desire for escape and redemption.


Line by Line Meaning

I went down to the corner just to meet my gal
I walked to the street corner to see my girlfriend


I found her standin' on the Sidewalk talkin' to my pal
I saw her talking to my friend on the sidewalk


I strolled back to the bar room To get another drink of gin
I casually returned to the bar to have another glass of gin


But the first thing I knew I was reelin' Rockin' and drunk again
Suddenly, I found myself heavily intoxicated and swaying uncontrollably


I kept drinkin' gin and liquor 'till Way up in the night
I continued consuming gin and other alcoholic beverages until late at night


When my pal walked into the bar Room we had an awful fight
When my friend entered the bar, we engaged in a violent altercation


I reached down for my razor And then we knocked around
I grabbed my razor and we started fighting intensely


But when I pulled my pistol I quickly smoked him down
But when I drew my gun, I promptly shot him


I went down to see my baby And met her on the way
I went to meet my beloved and encountered her along the path


I told her I'd have to leave her I told her I could not stay
I informed her that I had to depart and couldn't remain with her


I started down to the station and Stopped in at the bar
I began heading towards the train station but made a pit stop at the bar


There I met a policeman riding in a motor car
There, I encountered a police officer driving in a car


We both drank lots of liquor That flatfooted cop and I
The police officer and I consumed large quantities of alcohol


I thought he would never leave me, Lord I thought I'd die
I believed he would never depart from my side, oh Lord, I feared for my life


My baby came in to join us And then it began to rain
My sweetheart joined us and then it started to rain


Then I had to hurry hurry To catch that midnight train
So I had to rush, rush in order to catch the train departing at midnight


I laid my head in the bar room door I'll never get drunk anymore
I rested my head against the bar room entrance, vowing to never get intoxicated again


I've pawned my watch and my golden chain I've pawned my baby's diamond ring
I've sold my watch, golden chain, and even my baby's diamond ring for money


Police, police, police You're just as drunk as me
Police, oh police, you're as intoxicated as I am


I'll grab that old eight-wheeler and make For the deep blue sea
I'll seize that old steamboat and sail away to the open ocean




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Written by: Bill Monroe

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Comments from YouTube:

Billy

My biggest favorite song with Jimmie Rodgers. This is very beautiful and gives me very good feelings.

Raymond Bonington

The version by the Sensational Alex Harvey band hit the charts in 1975 in the u.k .

Henry Pierce

Yes, sahb did a version that suited Alex's edgy theatrics. My fav song is give my compliments to the chef, a real sahb story! Both jimmy rogers and alex harvey were taken away too young.

Raymond Bonington

@Henry Pierce Alex would have been 87 now so yes he died very young at 46 .

Max Aradjah

What a wonderful song. J’en ai la chair de poule.

Ron Price

This song is straight O.G. greatness.

Ron Price

I would love to get rowdy and party in the old days. Probably would have been wilder than we expect. Think about it people getting shot or stabbed probably... And it was just like ohhh... He didn't mean it! Just let him sleep it off... Haha. Or even stuff like "crimes of passion". Where a husband (or wife) could straight murder you and who they caught you cheating with. And it be completely legal and understood. Old days were WAY crazier I bet.

Paula gomez

Buenas rolas jamas se olvidaran

archyleach

Beautiful

Son Of The Gun !

Awesome

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