This Merle Haggard song lyrics page
features another great bar room song "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and
Drink" and an album filled with songs of bars, booze and the blues.
Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink" was also written by Merle Haggard
and released as a single in October 1980 off the album "Back to the Barrooms."
We'll let me tell you. Considered by many to be one of the finest stand alone country albums ever, this album was book-ended by "Misery and Gin" and "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink."
The album contained eleven songs. The first single off the album was "Misery and Gin" and reached number three on the country music charts.
As the second single from the album, and the last song on the album, "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink" would be Haggard's twenty-sixth number one country hit.
The single stayed at number one for one week and spent a total of twelve weeks on the country chart.
A third song off this old country music album was "Leonard" a heartfelt tribute song to Merle's good friend, songwriter Tommy Collins (whose real name was Leonard Sipes.)
Merle Haggard recorded his first Tommy Collins song -- "Sam Hill" -- in 1964 and then moved on to such Collins-penned hits as "Carolyn" (1971) and "The Roots of My Raising" (1976), both of which went to number one.
Is this featured song as good as Misery and Gin, a song I consider to be in the top 5 of all beer drinking songs?
Enjoy this great video of a Merle Haggard concert Live at Billy Bob's Texas in 2004 and watch Merle turn this into another great bar room song.
When you finish the video read the story about my album, Back to The Bar Rooms and the talented man who produced the album.
"I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink"
Written by Merle Haggard
#1 song in 1980
Could be holding you tonight
Could quit doing wrong...start doin' right
You don't care about what I think
I think I'll just stay here and drink
Hey puttin' you down don't square no deal
Least you know the way I feel
Take all the money in the bank
Think 'll just stay here and drink
Listen close and you can hear
That loud jukebox playin' in my ear
Ain't no woman gonna change the way I think
Think 'll just stay here and drink
Hurtin' me now don't mean a thing
Since lovin' you, don't feel no pain
My mind ain't nothin' but a total blank
I think I'll just stay here and drink, yeah
This old Country music album is an absolute classic by a musical genius at the top of his game. If you want beer drinking music and a bar room atmosphere it would be hard to pass up this album.
I obtained this "Back to the Barrooms" album in the early eighties from a musician friend in Austin, Texas. The album is sealed and has never been played.
The album was produced by Jimmy Bowen who co-wrote "Party Doll" with Buddy Knox and went on to become a well-know record producer. Read the Jimmy Bowen story here.
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