Somebody Buy Me A Drink

Words & Music by Oscar Brown, Jr.
Recorded by Oscar Peterson, Jr., 1960

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The other night, I was on Skid Row

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By a liquor store sign's garrish glow;

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I saw a fellow I used to know a long, long time a - go.

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He stood with the lost, with the living dead,

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With rumpled clothes and a reeling head,

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Reviewing the wasted life he'd lead, and as I passed he said,

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"Let me tell you a story that's sad but true

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About someone who just may remind you of you

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Let me tell you a tale that may help you awake a woozy head --

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Somebody buy me a drink.

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"It begins long ago on a happy day,

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With a fool who was loved, but threw it all away,

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Who exchanged a good home for a flophouse, a bar and a plank --

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Somebody buy me a drink.


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"Well, to see me today, when I have hit the skids,

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Who would think I once had a fine wife and kids?

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Yes, I was that fool, after treasure and pleasure,

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And love was just a game played with some other dame.

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"Now there's only one thing I feel certain of:

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The only true treasure in life is love.

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Without someone to love and love you, see how low you can sink?

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Somebody buy me a drink,

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Somebody, somebody, buy   me  a drink."

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