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The Old Black Rum (Great Big Sea) tabs, video
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I drank sixteen doubles for the price of one,
Trying to find the courage to talk to the one;
I asked her for a dance, not a second glance,
My night had just begun.

Well, I drink to the Father or the Holy Ghost,
I'm kneeling at the altar of my nightly post;
So I'll raise the glass, not the first nor last,
Come join me in this toast.

Because the old black rum's got a hold on me,
Like a dog wrapped 'round my leg;
And the old black rum's got a hold on me,
Will I live for another day? Hey!
Will I live for another day?

Well, the queen of George Street is just walking by,
Walking on by with some guy who don't care
That she stood in line since half past nine,
And spent three hours on her hair... on her hair

Well, my friend is looking at me with an evil grin,
I think the bloody racket might soon begin;
I must have said something to the George Street queen,
And the boys are joining in.

Because the old black rum's got a hold on me,
Like a dog wrapped 'round my leg;
And the old black rum's got a hold on me,
Will I live for another day? Hey!
Will I live for another day?

Because the old black rum's got a hold on me,
Like a dog wrapped 'round my leg;
And the old black rum's got a hold on me,
Will I live for another day? Hey!
Will I live for another day?

So, I drank all of my money and I slept out in the rain,
Every day is different, but the nights are all the same;
You never see the sun on the old black rum,
But I know I'm gonna do it again.

Because the old black rum's got a hold on me,
Like a dog wrapped 'round my leg;
And the old black rum's got a hold on me,
Will I live for another day? Hey!
Will I live for another day?

Because the old black rum's got a hold on me,
Like a dog wrapped 'round my leg;
And the old black rum's got a hold on me,
Will I live for another day? Hey!
Will I live for another day?

Because the old black rum's got a hold on me,
Like a dog wrapped 'round my leg;
And the old black rum's got a hold on me,
Will I live for another day? Hey!
Will I live for another day? Hey!

Will I live for another day?

And I drank sixteen doubles for the price of one...

####.... Bob Hallett of Great Big Sea. Based on an Irish traditional ....####
Recorded by Great Big Sea (Road Rage, trk#9, 2000, Rounder Records, Cambridge, Massachusetts); and (Up, trk#9, 1995, WEA, Scarborough, Ontario, Distributed by Warner Music Canada); and (Great Big DVD & CD Disc One ©2004).

The video above features a solo performance by Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea during his Boy On Bridge promotional tour stop at the Schooner Room in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on June 9, 2012.


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~ Chords and lyrics from the albums Up, 1995 and Rant & Roar, 1998 ~

I [G] drank sixteen doubles for the [D] price of [G] one,
[C] Trying to find the courage to [D] talk to one,
I asked her [C] for [D] a [G] dance, not a [C] se- [D] cond [G] glance,
My night had just [D] begun.

Chorus:
Because the [D] old black rum's got a [G] hold of me,
Like a [C] dog wrapped 'round my [D] leg,
And the [D] old black rum's got a [G] hold of me,
Well I'm [C] here for [D] another [Em] day... [C] Hey!
Well I'm [C]here for [D]another [G]day.

~ Alternate chords and lyrics from the Great Big DVD & CD Disc One ©2004)~

(Capo 3rd Fret)

I drank [D] 16 doubles for the [A] price of [D] one,
[G] Trying to find the [D] courage to [Em] talk to the [A] one,
I asked her [G] for [A] a [D] dance, not a [G] se- [A] cond [D] glance,
My night had [G] just be- [A] gun.

Well I [D] drink to the father and the [A] holy [D] ghost,
I'm [G] kneeling at the [D] alter of my [Em] nightly [A] post,
So I'll [G] raise [A] a [D] glass, not the [G] first [A] nor [D] last,
Come join me [A7] in this [D] toast.

Chorus:
Because the [A] old black rum's got a [D] hold on me,
Like a dog wrapped [G] 'round my [A] leg,
And the [A] old black rum's got a [D] hold on me,
Will I live for a-[A7] nother [D] day? [G] Hey!
Will I [D] live for an- [A7] other [D] day?

Well, the [D] Queen of George Street is just [A] walking [D] by,
[G] Walking on [D] by with some [Em] guy who don't [A] care,
That she [G] stood [A] in [D] line since [G] half [A] past [D] nine,
And spent three [G] hours on her [A] hair.

Well her [D] friend is looking at me with an [A] evil [D] grin,
I [G] think the bloody [D] racket might [Em] soon [A] begin,
I must have [G] said [A] some[D] thing to the [G] George [A] Street [D] Queen,
The boys are [A7] joining [D] in!

Chorus:
Because the [A] old black rum's got a [D] hold on me,
Like a dog wrapped [G] 'round my [A] leg,
And the [A] old black rum's got a [D] hold on me,
Will I live for a-[A7] nother [D] day? [G] Hey!
Will I [D] live for an- [A7] other [D] day?

Chorus:
Because the [A] old black rum's got a [D] hold on me,
Like a dog wrapped [G] 'round my [A] leg,
And the [A] old black rum's got a [D] hold on me,
Will I live for a-[A7] nother [D] day? [G] Hey!
Will I [D] live for an- [A7] other [D] day?

So I [D] drank all of my money and I [A] slept out in the [D] rain,
[G] Everyday is [D] different but the [Em] nights they're all the [A] same,
You never [G] see [A] the [D] sun of the [G] old [A] black [D] rum,
But I know I'm gonna [A7] do it a- [D] gain!

Chorus:
Because the [A] old black rum's got a [D] hold on me,
Like a dog wrapped [G] 'round my [A] leg,
And the [A] old black rum's got a [D] hold on me,
Will I live for a-[A7] nother [D] day? [G] Hey!
Will I [D] live for an- [A7] other [D] day?

Chorus:
Because the [A] old black rum's got a [D] hold on me,
Like a dog wrapped [G] 'round my [A] leg,
And the [A] old black rum's got a [D] hold on me,
Will I live for a-[A7] nother [D] day? [G] Hey!
Will I [D] live for an- [A7] other [D] day?

Chorus:
Because the [A] old black rum's got a [D] hold on me,
Like a dog wrapped [G] 'round my [A] leg,
And the [A] old black rum's got a [D] hold on me,
Will I live for a-[A7] nother [D] day? [G] Hey!
Will I [D] live for an- [A7] other [D] day? Hey!

[G] Will I [D] live for an- [A7] other [D] day?

I drank [D] 16 doubles for the [A] price of [D] one...

~ Alternate chords contributed by Bob Dumais ~


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