Somebody Buy Me A DrinkWords & Music by Oscar Brown, Jr.
Recorded by Oscar Peterson, Jr., 1960
E7 Am G F7 E7 The other night, I was on Skid Row Am G F7 E7 By a liquor store sign's garrish glow; Am G F7 E7 Dm7 F7 E7 Am I saw a fellow I used to know a long, long time a - go. E7 Am G F7 E7 He stood with the lost, with the living dead, Am G F7 E7 With rumpled clothes and a reeling head, Am G F7 E7 Dm7 F7 E7 Am Reviewing the wasted life he'd lead, and as I passed he said, Am G F7 E7 "Let me tell you a story that's sad but true Am G F7 E7 About someone who just may remind you of you Am G F7 E7 Dm7 Fdim E7 Let me tell you a tale that may help you awake a woozy head -- F7 E7 Am Somebody buy me a drink. Am G F7 E7 "It begins long ago on a happy day, Am G F7 E7 With a fool who was loved, but threw it all away, Am G F7 E7 Dm7 Fdim E7 Who exchanged a good home for a flophouse, a bar and a plank -- F7 E7 Am Somebody buy me a drink. Bridge: Dm F7 Am "Well, to see me today, when I have hit the skids, Dm F7 Am Who would think I once had a fine wife and kids? Dm F7 Am Am7 Yes, I was that fool, after treasure and pleasure, Dm F7 Bm7-5 E7 And love was just a game played with some other dame. Am G F7 E7 "Now there's only one thing I feel certain of: Am G F7 E7 The only true treasure in life is love. Am G F7 E7 Dm7 Fdim E7 Without someone to love and love you, see how low you can sink? F7 E7 Am Somebody buy me a drink, F7 E7 Fdim Bm7-5 E7 Am Somebody, somebody, buy me a drink."