Bubbles in My Beer

Bob Wills, Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

About Bubbles in My Beer

"Bubbles in My Beer" is a Western swing song that was originally recorded by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys in 1947. It later became a standard that has been performed by many country music artists. One critic of drinking songs ranks it number 20, calls it "the ultimate self-pity song," and credits it with "setting the tone for a whole genre of songs about drowning sorrows in the barroom."The song's origins are the subject of different accounts (see Tommy Duncan for one); but there is agreement that Texas Playboys vocalist Duncan came up with the song's title and refrain, at which point songwriter Cindy Walker became involved. Walker has been quoted as saying: "If you can get a real good title, you've got something. I always write from the title. I've never written a song without the title." 


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Tonight in a bar alone I'm sitting
Apart from the laughter and the cheers
While scenes from the past rise before me
Just watchin' the bubbles in my beer

A vision of someone who loved me
Brings a lone silent tear to my eye
Oh, I know that my life's been a failure
Just watchin' the bubbles in my beer

I'm seeing the road that I've traveled
A road paved with heartaches and tears
And I'm seeing the past that I've wasted
While watchin' the bubbles in my beer

As I think of the heart that I've broken
And all the golden chances that have passed me by
And the dreams that I've made, now are empty
As empty as the bubbles in my beer

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Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys

James Robert Wills (March 6, 1905 – May 13, 1975) was an American Western swing musician, songwriter, and bandleader. Considered by music authorities as the founder of Western swing, he was known widely as the King of Western Swing (although Spade Cooley self-promoted the moniker "King of Western Swing" from 1942 to 1969). He was also noted for punctuating his music with his trademark "ah-haa" calls.Wills formed several bands and played radio stations around the South and West until he formed the Texas Playboys in 1934 with Wills on fiddle, Tommy Duncan on piano and vocals, rhythm guitarist June Whalin, tenor banjoist Johnnie Lee Wills, and Kermit Whalin who played steel guitar and bass. Oklahoma guitar player Eldon Shamblin joined the band in 1937 bringing j… more »

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Written by: Bob Wills, Cindy Walker, Tommy Duncan

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11 facts about this song

Song Composer
"Bubbles in My Beer" was composed by three songwriters: Tommy Duncan, Cindy Walker, and Bob Wills himself.
Performance Genre
"Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys" are famous for integrating traditional country music with jazz and swing which makes "Bubbles in My Beer" a unique blend of country and swing music.
First Release
The song was first released in 1947 and became a staple of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys' live performance repertoire.
Bob Wills' Influence
Bob Wills is frequently considered a key figure in the genre of Western Swing and his unique sound is evident in the song "Bubbles in My Beer".
Subject Matter
"Bubbles in My Beer" features classic themes of heartache and sorrow, recounted with a semblance of humor and a dancing beat.
Song's Legacy
The song has been covered by various artists over the years, including - most notably - country music icon Willie Nelson on his tribute album "For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price".
Induction into Hall of Fame
Bob Wills, one of the composers and performers of "Bubbles in My Beer," has been inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, demonstrating the widespread influence of his music.
Posthumous Recognition
Despite passing away in 1975, Wills' music continues to be recognized and celebrated, with "Bubbles in My Beer" remaining a fan favorite.
Impact on Music Landscape
"Bubbles in My Beer" and other songs by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys have greatly impacted the music landscape by influencing the creation of genres like Rockabilly and Country Rock.
Bob Wills' Band
"Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys" consisted of a large group of musicians — at times exceeding 20 members — contributing to the unique and rich stage sound in songs like "Bubbles in My Beer".
Innovation in Music
The song is another classic example of how Bob Wills transcended traditional musical boundaries by introducing electric guitars, drums, and horns, which were unusual for country and folk bands of that era.

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