Bartender's Blues Lyrics

James Taylor


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: James V Taylor
album: Track 5 in album JT
release date: 1977-6
popularity : 2 users have visited this page.
length: 4:13
steel guitar: Dan Dugmore
strings arranger: David Campbell
mix: Val Garay
producer: Peter Asher
recording: Val Garay
vocal: Linda Ronstadt
composer: James Taylor
lyricist: James Taylor

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Now I'm just a bartender
And I don't like my work
But I don't mind the money at all
I see lots of sad faces
And lots of bad cases
Of folks with their backs to the wall

Chorus:
But I need four walls around me to hold my life
To keep me from going a-stray
And a honky-tonk angel to hold me tight
To keep me from slipping away

I can light up your smokes
I can laugh at your jokes
I can watch you fall down on your knees
I can close down this bar
I can gas up my car
I can pack up and mail in my key

Chorus:

Now, the smoke fills the air
In this honky-tonk bar
And I'm thinking 'bout where I'd rather be
But I burned all my bridges
I sank all my ships
And I'm stranded at the edge of the sea

Chorus:

Track Listing

  • 1 Your Smiling Face
  • 2 There We Are
  • 3 Honey Don't Leave L.A.
  • 4 Another Grey Morning
  • 5 Bartender's Blues
  • 6 Secret o' Life
  • 7 Handy Man
  • 8 I Was Only Telling a Lie
  • 9 Looking for Love on Broadway
  • 10 Terra Nova
  • 11 Traffic Jam
  • 12 If I Keep My Heart Out of Sight