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God loves a drunk

  • (Richard Thompson)

    Will there be any bartenders up there in Heaven
    Will the pubs never close, will the glass never drain
    No more D.T.s and no shakes and no horrors
    And the very next morning you feel right as rain

    But God loves a drunk, the lowest of men
    Like the dogs in the street and the pigs in the pen
    But a drunk's only trying to get free from his body
    And he soars like an eagle high up there in heaven
    And his shouts and his curses are just hymns and praises
    To kick-start his mind now and then

    God loves a drunk, come raise up your glasses, amen

    Does God really care for your life in the suburbs
    A dull little life full of dull little things
    And bring up the babies to be just like Daddy
    And maybe you'll be there when He gives out the wings

    But God loves a drunk, although he's a fool
    And he wets in his pants and he falls off his stool
    And he can't hear the insults and whispers go by him
    As he leans in the doorway and sings 'Sally Rackett'
    And he can't feel the cold rain beat down on his body
    And soak through his clothes to the skin

    God loves a drunk, come raise up your glasses, amen

    Will there be any pen-pushers up there in Heaven
    Does clerking and wage-slaving win you God's love
    I pity you worms with your semis and pensions
    If you think that'll get you to the kingdom above

    But God loves a drunk, although he's a clown
    And you can't help but laugh as he gags and falls down
    And he don't give a curse for what people think of him
    And he screams at his demons alone in the darkness
    He's staying alive for just one more pint bottle
    Won't you throw him a few pennies, friend

    God loves a drunk, for ever and ever, amen

    (as sung by Norma Waterson)

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