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​Born With an Endless Thirst

This song is by Slim Dusty and appears on the album Beer Drinking Songs of Australia (1986).

Old Jimmy he liked whiskey, for whippin' the old TB
Hank Williams lived by the bottle, right to the end by gee!
I too might die from alcohol but I won't be the first,
County Music singers are just born with an endless thirst.

There's one more name I'll mention, his name is Mr Hall
He loves his beer and bourbon, oh I'd say he's tried 'em all
And some I'm afraid have gone onto the other stuff that's worse
I'll do no harm if I bend my arm to ease my endless thirst

So many of our brothers, in early life did lose,
We're either way up in the clouds or down deep in the blues,
It's a way life we're born to, so for better or for worse
Country music singers are just born with an endless thirst,

When I left my home away up north many long years ago
Our songs were played at 4 am and country radio
Oh they called us hicks and hillbillies and sometimes even worse
Twas enough to drive a man to drink, excuse my endless thirst

So from cowboy songs to country songs it's been a long hard grind
We were looked upon with such disdain back in the good old times
And as old G.P and few like me couldn't give tinkers curse
We've done it all our way anyway, lived with our endless thirst

So many of our brothers, in early life did lose,
We're either way up in the clouds or down deep in the blues,
It's a way life we're born to, so for better or for worse
Country music singers are just born with an endless thirst,

Those smart bandwagon hoppers wouldn't spit on the country scene
When we were in the doldrums, now they're bursting at the seams.
Oh they prance around like peacocks in city clubs and halls,
But fancy boots and hats don't make a fine star after all

So I'll just stick to my old bush songs, the ones that I enjoy,
Oh you'll understand my stories I'm not makin' too much noise
And if I should die from alcohol then I won't be the first,
'Cause country music singers are born with an endless thirst

So many of our brothers, in early life did lose,
We're either way up in the clouds or down deep in the blues,
It's a way life we're born to, so for better or for worse
Country music singers are just born with an endless thirst, hey

Country music singers are just born with an endless thirst,
Born with an endless thirst, hey