Rudolph Toombs avait écrit One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer pour Amos Milburn en 1953, et John Lee Hooker l’a repris à sa manière en 1966, en modifiant l’ordre des libations du titre. Il l’a enregistré plusieurs fois, en faisant l’un de ses morceaux fétiches. D’autres bluesmen l’ont également enregistré, en particulier Snooks Eaglin et Champion Jack Dupree.

Le barman voudrait bien fermer son établissement, mais le type que sa femme a laissé tomber continue à commander à boire, malgré l’heure qui passe à la pendule qu’il consulte de temps à autre.

ONE BOURBON, ONE SCOTCH AND ONE BEER

One bourbon, one scotch and one beer
One bourbon, one scotch and one beer
Hey, Mister Bartender, come here
I want another drink and I want it now
My baby, she gone, she been gone two night
I ain’t seen my baby since night before last
One bourbon, one scotch and one beer

And then I sit there getting high
Mellow, knocked out, feeling good
And by the time I looked on the wall
At the old clock on the wall
By that time, it was ten thirty, daddy
I looked down the bar at the bartender
He said, « Now what do you want, Johnny? »

One bourbon, one scotch and one beer
Well, my baby, she gone, she been gone two night
I ain’t seen my baby since night before last
I wanna get drunk ’til I’m off of my mind
One bourbon, one scotch and one beer

And I sat there, getting high, stoned
Knocked out and by the time
I looked on the wall, at the old clock again
And by that time ‘t was a quarter to two
Last call for alcohol
I said, « Hey, Mister Bartender »
Said, « Well, what do you want? »

One bourbon, one scotch and one beer
One bourbon, one scotch and one beer
One bourbon, one scotch and one beer