Song Lyric Sunday: “There’s A Tear In My Beer”

When I heard the prompt for this week’s SLS was “drink,” the first song that came to mind was “There’s A Tear In My Beer” by country music legend Hank Williams. Hank wrote this song in 1950 and recorded himself playing and singing it, but never released it, and the song sat on a tape somewhere for close to 40 years. In 1988, Hank’s son, Hank Jr., got hold of the tape and, using electronic merging technology, recorded a “duet” with his father. For the video, they took archive footage of Hank Sr. and used a similar technique to insert Hank Jr. into the picture so it appeared they were singing it together. The video won “Video of the Year” from both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, and in 1990 Hank Sr. and Jr. won the Grammy Award for Best Country Music Collaboration.

There’s a tear in my beer
’cause I’m cryin’ for you, dear
you are on my lonely mind.
Into these last nine beers
I have shed a million tears.
You are on my lonely mind
I’m gonna keep drinkin’
until I’m petrified.
And then maybe these tears
will leave my eyes.
There’s a tear in my beer
cause I’m crying’ for you dear
You are on my lonely mind.

Last night I walked the floor
and the night before
You are on my lonely mind.
It seems my life is through
and I’m so doggone blue
You are on my lonely mind.
I’m gonna keep drinkin’
till I can’t move a toe
and then maybe my heart
won’t hurt me so.
There’s a tear in my beer
cause I’m cryin’ for you dear
You are on my lonely mind.

Lord, I’ve tried and I’ve tried
But my tears I can’t hide
You are on my lonely mind.
All these blues that I’ve found
Have really got me down
You are on my lonely mind
I’m gonna keep drinkin’ till I can’t even think
Cause in the last week I ain’t slept a wink
There’s a tear in my beer
cause I’m crying for you dear
You are on my lonely mind.

Thanks to Wikipedia, AZLyrics, and Curb Records, and to Helen for running Song Lyric Sunday.

30 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: “There’s A Tear In My Beer”

  1. I am not a country fan but it was a nice video to be in a video and sing with his dad even if it is by this magic. There is this blues song, One Whiskey, One Beer I think by George Thoroughgood..is that how one spells his name??

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    1. Close enough on George’s name (it’s Thorogood, I think; maybe it was Thoroughgood and they simplified the spelling).

      “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” (sometimes “One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer”) is an old John Lee Hooker song. I think I heard George do it first, then heard Hooker’s version. Takes ya back to the South Side, don’t it? πŸ˜‰

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  2. Great pick this week, John. I love the way they can use the technology today to make duets like this. I saw one with Natalie and Nat King Cole doing Unforgettable and Cher did one with Sonny at a concert we saw. Touching tributes.

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    1. The one for me was The Beatles doing “Free As A Bird” and “Real Love” starting with a wobbly cassette recording of John playing the piano they got from Yoko many years after his death. I know Donny Osmond sings with his younger self in concert, which might not be exactly the same thing.

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    1. Modern country is more like pop music with cowboy hats and twangs, but the old style country (Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline etc.) is great, IMHO. I remember being upset when CBS canceled “Hee Haw” during their “rural purge,” but it managed to go into syndication and live a life of its own.

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          1. lol! We hated the pickled eggs but there was always a jar on the bar. The place was called H&R and it was advertised as a family place. Of course there was air hockey and pinball for the kids. It was the 70s, times sure have changed.

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  3. Ha! Thought about using this song as well, but am thinking about maybe using it in the #4M theme for Aug 27. Birgit will be happy to know I used George Thorogood for today’s choice (not exactly her song choice, but the artist). Thanks for the intro to this new to me theme prompt hop.

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  4. Though country music is my least favorite genre, when I do listen, I go classic – Patsy Cline, George Jones, Hank Williams. This song with the after life duet makes it even more special. Nice choice for this wonderful Sunday!!

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    1. The old country artists really had the sound going. About the closest you get these days is Dwight Yoakum, who still has that Bakersfield sound like Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. The rest are just pop singers who wear cowboy hats and sing with a country twang. Give me those old-time performers any day.

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  5. Yep, a true country classic, and pretty neat how they did the video. My mister is a fan of all the old style country music, so we hear them all the time. πŸ™‚

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    1. It’s harder to find the old stuff, although I can usually fall back on YouTube and find what I want. I won’t say the new stuff is bad, I just don’t enjoy it as much.

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  6. Love this! Never saw it before but it’s a great collaboration. I can see why it won awards. It’s also obvious Jr. had a lot of fun doing it. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the share. πŸ™‚

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