There’s a Tear in my Beer and Other “Great” Songs about Ale

Every once in a while I like to deviate from my serious and informative posts to delve into a topic that really has no relevant content or usefulness, my filler posts if you will, and this time around it will be a real doozy – songs about beer.

I am sure we all remember the time-wasting efficacy of 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall that seemingly never-ending chorus of ‘take one down, pass it around’, which somehow managed to stealthily teach math whilst promoting alcoholism. So get your groans ready because I have located many other beer-related chestnuts worthy of being immortalized in my blog.


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In no particular order I give you…


1. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer by Amos Milburn and His Aladdin Chickenshackers. A call and response blues song written in the early 1950’s. It reached number 2 on the R&B charts in 1953.

 I said, “Hey Mister Bartender”

Said, “Well, what do you want?”

One bourbon, one scotch and one beer


2. Warm Beer and Cold Women by Tom Waits. Released on Waits first live album, Nighthawks at the Diner in 1975.

 Warm beer and cold women, I just don’t fit in

Every joint I stumbled into tonight


3. Philosopher’s Song by Monty Python. Written by Eric Idle, this song opines on the drinking capacities of some of the Western World’s greatest thinkers.

 David Hume could out-consume

Wilhelm Freidrich Hegel,

And Wittgenstein was a beery swine

Who was just as schloshed as Schlegel


4. 99 Bottles of Beer is an anonymous American folk song dating back to the mid-twentieth century. It can take over twenty minutes to sing all 100 verses. Cheeky variations on the last verse include ‘if one of those bottles should happen to fall, what a waste of alcohol’.

 Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall, Ninety-nine bottles of beer.

Take one down, pass it around, Ninety-eight bottles of beer on the wall.


5. Beer for My Horses by Toby Keith and Willie Nelson. Released in 2003 this song hit number 1 on the Country Billboard for six weeks. There was controversy surrounding the lyrics, which some condemned as racist. The song inspired a 2008 feature film.

 When the gun smoke settles we’ll sing a victory tune

We’ll all meet back at the local saloon

We’ll raise up our glasses against evil forces

Singing whiskey for my men, beer for my horses


6.There’s a Tear in my Beer by Hank Williams. Originally written and recorded by Hank Williams in the 1950’s this song was not released until the late 1980’s as a duet with his son. Quite simply the lyrics go:

 There’s a tear in my beer

Cause I’m crying for you dear

You are on my lonely mind.


7. Beer Beer Beer by Flogging Molly. From the Irish American punk band, the lyrics to this one are not too complex.

 A barrel of malt, a bushel of hops, you stir it around with a stick,

The kind of lubrication to make your engine tick.

 40 pints of wallop a day will keep away the quacks.

 It’s only eight pence halfpenny and one and six in tax


8. In Heaven There is No Beer by Soggy Bottom Boys on the Oh Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack. Originally composed as a movie score for the film Die Fisherin vom Bodensee in 1956. The song was the inspiration for a 1984 documentary on polka.

In heaven there is no beer.

That’s why we drink it here (Right Here!)

When we’re gone from here,

all our friends will be drinking all our beer!


9. A Pub with No Beer by The Dubliners. Adapted from a poem of the same name. Performed by Slim Dusty in 1957, this song became the first Australian single to go gold. In the late 1950’s this song was popular in Canada when Brewers’ Warehousing employees went on strike stopping the flow of beer for 48 days.

 Oh, it’s lonesome away from your kindred and all,

By the campfire at night where the wild dingos call,

But there’s nothing so lonesome, so dull or so drear

Than to stand in the bar of a pub with no beer.


10. Beer 30 by The Reverend Horton Heat. Written by James C. Heath and performed by The Reverend (same person). Appeared on the soundtrack to the movie Coyote Ugly. Another highbrow set of lyrics coming your way:


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