Rory Gallagher - Bourbon Lyrics

Rory Gallagher Jinx cover art
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Well, he's drinking down the bourbon like it was soda pop,
Trying to quell a feeling he knows ain't gonna stop,
He's mortgaged out his blood for one more chance to breathe.
He had the D.T.'s for breakfast, the shakes till noon,
He picked up his bag and left the motel room,
His head is held high but his heart is on it's knees.

Well, he packed his guitar and his bar-room tan,
Gotta get some miles behind him as fast as he can,
Another destination, some place else to play.

Well, he left a life behind him in some old trailer park.
They tried to make it work; it was ruined from the start.
He had to shake the rust, it became time to leave.

It's a honky-tonk engagement,
But there's no better place to play.
His face feels like crazy pavement,
It's getting more lined every day.

Well, he's gonna write a letter and try to explain,
She says he's too old to have these growing pains,
But something keeps him moving, living on through the night.

But as the night approaches, a change is in the air,
His heart is pumping fast, he's got no cares.
The music befriends him, it can take him anywhere.

It's a honky-tonk engagement,
But there's no better place to play.
His mind feels like crazy pavement,
He's getting crazed out every day.

Well, he's drinking down the bourbon like it was soda pop,
Trying to quell a feeling he knows ain't gonna stop,
He's mortgaged out his blood for one more chance to breathe.

He had the D.T.'s for breakfast, the chills till noon,
He picked up his bag and left the motel room,
His head is held high but his heart is on it's knees.

Track Listing
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Signals
  • 2 The Devil Made Me Do It
  • 3 Double Vision
  • 4 Easy Come, Easy Go
  • 5 Big Guns
  • 6 Jinxed
  • 7 Bourbon
  • 8 Ride on Red, Ride On
  • 9 Loose Talk


  • Credits
    publisher: ©BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
    writers: Rory Gallagher
    album: Track 7 in album Jinx
    release date: 1982
    popularity : 62 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Blues
    styles: Hard Rock/Classic Rock/Blues Rock
    length: 3:25
    producer: Rory Gallagher
    drums: Brendan O'Neill
    engineer: Jürgen Krämer
    bass: Gerry McAvoy
    Album Information
    label: Mercury Records
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin