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#1167476 - 08/08/20 05:11 PM How Many Fingers Am I Holdin' Up  
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https://soundcloud.com/wabash-cannibal/how-many-fingers-am-i-holding-up

How Many Fingers Am I Holding Up

(V1) One night in this town can feel like a month in jail
and I was needing just a few more rounds.. to spring my bail
But I was short on cash and just a little too tipsy
when I begged the barkeep for more bourbon or whisky
He said "Son, let's play a game for some alcohol
The loser scrubs my sister's name off the men's room wall

Tell ya what, - I'll pour some rotgut -right here in this glass
just close your eyes- you win the prize- if you can guess

CHORUS

How many fingers am I holding up
it's a simple little question
shouldn't be that tough
You've been hangin' 'round this bar long enough
Tell me.. how many fingers am I holding up “


(ad lib during lead break) "that's what I'm talking
about, just keep pouring the bourbon and you can skip the beer

(V2) After five right guesses, it all became a blur
They say I was posing as a doctor when I tried to hit on her
She was a pretty little red head but I must have crossed the line
When I said, If you ever need an organ, I'll be glad to donate mine

Well, those shots of bourbon and Canadian mist
became the brass knuckles on her boyfriend's fist
I banged a booth, spit a tooth...the room began to spin
I guess I looked pathetic, when that paramedic, fin'lly came in
and said...

CHORUS

(longer ad lib during lead break) Oh Lord, I felt like I got hit by a truck named "Bill"
He was six four two forty five with a cold chrome grill

(V3) Well, next weekend when I left the bathroom stall
that same barkeep was scrubbin' something off the wall
he said, Hey Buddy, double or nothing
do ya wanna make another bet?
but I showed him my hand then grinned and said

CHORUS

(c)2005 Robert George/Joe Harris


Nashville demos etc:

https://www.soundclick.com/bands3/default.cfm?bandID=431939

other demos:

https://soundcloud.com/wabash-cannibal

Amazon Kindle books by Robert George you may enjoy:

1) Americana

2) Teenage Graceland

3) The Will to Be

4) Fort Mystery

5) Wheel Sea

6) My One True Love
#1167481 - 08/08/20 09:54 PM Re: How Many Fingers Am I Holdin' Up [Re: couchgrouch]  
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I don't need to tell you, Robert and Joe... this one is a "treasure." I don't know who sang it for you... but the vocal was as good as the message and the music. Can't you just see Garth Brooks bringing down the house with this song? Impressive work, my friends. Best of luck with it. Its a "Keeper!"

----Dave

#1167503 - 08/09/20 01:40 PM Re: How Many Fingers Am I Holdin' Up [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Thanks, Dave. I think there are some things in vs. 2 that'd keep Garth Vader from cutting this. Maybe Brad Paisley would do it. He's a rascal.

This either was an indie cut way back when or was going to be. I remember the artist saying it went over like gangbusters live. smile


Nashville demos etc:

https://www.soundclick.com/bands3/default.cfm?bandID=431939

other demos:

https://soundcloud.com/wabash-cannibal

Amazon Kindle books by Robert George you may enjoy:

1) Americana

2) Teenage Graceland

3) The Will to Be

4) Fort Mystery

5) Wheel Sea

6) My One True Love
#1167506 - 08/09/20 05:53 PM Re: How Many Fingers Am I Holdin' Up [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Yup, it's a fun song, and well done.And yes, maybe Brad Paisley.


Have a goodun,

John W. Selleck BMI Songwriter
A day without learning is a day lost forever.

www.soundclick.com/johnsings
www.soundclick.com/johnwselleck
www.soundclick.com/johnselleck
https://www.soundclick.com/artist/default.cfm?bandID=1468958 For Selleck/Kay co-writes
#1167511 - 08/10/20 06:45 AM Re: How Many Fingers Am I Holdin' Up [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Fantastic ! Country music does not get much more fun than this ... really well written and performed, a classic, well done Kevin

#1167587 - 08/11/20 04:46 PM Re: How Many Fingers Am I Holdin' Up [Re: couchgrouch]  
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Thanks, Kevin. smile


Nashville demos etc:

https://www.soundclick.com/bands3/default.cfm?bandID=431939

other demos:

https://soundcloud.com/wabash-cannibal

Amazon Kindle books by Robert George you may enjoy:

1) Americana

2) Teenage Graceland

3) The Will to Be

4) Fort Mystery

5) Wheel Sea

6) My One True Love

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