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Happy Hour

by Doug Barnett

A collection of acoustic guitar and vocal songs, written about or while sitting in a bar and grill in Renton Washington.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Happy Hour
2:49 $0.99
2. Shayla
4:25 $0.99
3. Bottle Rocket
2:56 $0.99
4. Ugly Girl
4:09 $0.99
5. Edge of Summer
3:56 $0.99
6. Smoking Section
4:45 $0.99
7. Tequila in the Jar
3:28 $0.99
8. Too Much Information
1:48 $0.99
9. Try Again
3:34 $0.99
10. Well Drink
3:55 $0.99
11. Alcohol
4:14 $0.99
12. Walking Distance
4:35 $0.99
13. Winter
5:28 $0.99
14. Walking Home
4:22 $0.99
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Album Notes
This started out as a challenge from a friend to write an album of music with a theme. Most of the songs were written in the last year or so. Except 'Walking Distance', which was written several years ago, but keeps to the theme.

The term 'happy hour' has always intrigued me. Is it a guarantee that you'll be happy if you show up for the hour? Is it just a statement that the bartender and maybe other patrons will be happy to see you? Perhaps its the hope that if you join us here that together we can find happiness - at least for an hour. And how is it that some happy hours are 2 or 3 hours - in some cases its happy hour all night.

This is a collection of songs that has direct ties to the bar and grill down the street from me. Most of the songs were written with inspiration from the patrons, employees or owners of the place.

Happy Hour. - Basically this song is sort of like the theme from "Cheers". Come on down to happy hour. leave your troubles behind for a while.

Shayla - The full title is "Shayla, wont you bring me a beer". This was written after listening to one of the regulars attempt to get the bartender's attention by repeating over and over in an ever louder voice "Hey Shayla, can you bring me a beer". Its become quite useful while performing. If I find myself with no frosty beverage, I start singing this ditty and she brings it right out. One of the verses is specifically for certain patrons (you know who you are).

Bottle Rocket. - This is based on a Jeff Foxworthy joke from the blue collar comedy tour (Women are like diesel engines & men are like bottle rockets). Also, in my observations of several bar room vultures, I found a certain morally casual attitude and focus of attention.

Ugly Girl - While listening to a band called "Shotgun Wedding" play, not knowing the song and making up my own lyrics as they played, I came up with "She was an ugly girl but she's a beautiful woman now. This is a comparison song. Now vs then. Just so you know - I had no particular person in mind when I wrote this.

Edge of Summer. - There's a day in late August where you can feel the weather turn from summer and start heading for fall. But, there are still a few more barbecue's and softball games before the leaves fall. This is an ode to that "last chance" for summer fun.

Smoking Section. - The folks who are die hard smokers will endure the most amazingly harsh conditions for a fix. Exposure to the elements for a little nicotine. Every now and then the horse coral that serves as the smoking section becomes livable - for a while.

Tequila in the jar. - This is a traditional Irish song called "Whiskey in the jar". I wrote parody lyrics for Cinco de Mayo one year and now I have forgotten the original.

Too Much Information. - This is an audience participation song. Cover your ears and sing along. I wrote this after listening to someone talk about his ex, giving details no one wanted to hear. Simultaneously three of us clapped our hands on our ears and started saying "LA LA LA LA LA LA LA". This evolved into a truly effective response to drunken hecklers.

Try Again. - This is a little more philosophical look at bar romance than 'Bottle Rocket'. If at first you don't succeed...

Well Drink. - I misheard someone who actually said "where there's a will there's a way". This is my stab at politics and such. Rodney King said "can't we all just get along". My response - Where there's a well drink there's a way.

Alcohol - Even though there can be loads of fun at drinking establishments, there can also be horrible consequences if you don't remember moderation. I know a couple of folks who have gotten to this tragic point.

Walking Distance. - I wrote this several years ago. Its about 3 bars I used to frequent in my 20's. I know 2 are gone now. The third may be gone as well. I didn't want them to disappear completely. They were, in order, The Metro lounge - Dizzy's and the Westown Lounge. All located in Phoenix AZ sometime around 1980.

Winter - This is sort of an extension of the song "Alcohol". Sometimes it's a single moment you can hold onto that can turn your life around.

Walking Home. - This is an instrumental. I have a habit of walking to the bar just to be safe. I wrote this one night after walking home and jotting down notes about all the things I saw or thought. There are lyrics. I decided to keep them out of this version. After a night of fun or chaos you really do go home alone. With your thoughts at least.



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