Hangover Blues

Hangover Blues

Well l woke up this morning,
took off my clothes and went to bed.
Oh, I woke up this morning,
took off my clothes and went to bed.
Said I woke up this morning,
took off my clothes and went to bed.
Well, this pain I got baby,
like a freight train going through my head.

Well, I went out last night,
I went out last night and got drunk.
Oh, I went out last night ,
ordered some whisky and got drunk.
Yes, I went out last night baby,
got me some whisky and got drunk,
              Glory be!
Well, I got drunk last night baby,
’cause of all those things you said bout me.

Well, you said I was no good,
you said you was leaving me.
Oh, you said I was washed up,
you said you was going to let me be.
Well, you said you was going,
you’d had enough of me.
              Yes, you did,
Well, I pleaded with you baby,
but you just walked away.

Oh, come back woman,
you don’t know how much I need you.
Why don’t you come back baby?
We can start anew.
Hey now baby you don’t know,
just how much I need you.
Yeah, you don’t know,
just how much I love you.

Well, this pain I got baby,
feel like I was dead.
Said this pain I got baby,
I feel like I was dead.
Oh, this pain I got baby,
’cause of all the things you said.
Well, this pain I got baby,
like a freight train going through my head.


Blues! A pastiche obviously but blues none the less. Hangover Blues is one of two blues inspired jottings that I have in my portfolio, the other one “I Wish it was Yesterday” I’ll post separately.

As for the date, well, all I can say is around 1977, the copy I have is typed on the back of a sheet with three short pieces on the other side all dated between November 1976 and July 1977.

Once again, I’ve adjusted the punctuation and capitalisation of some lines. I see that I couldn’t spell “off” in the original, tun-tut…

What interests me though, in the light of the way Bruce Springsteen cropped up twice when we were in Ireland some years back, is the line “…like a freight train going through my head.” When I first heard the Springsteen song “I’m On Fire” (released 1984) and the line that he’d written “…and a freight train running through the middle of my head” my immediate thought was that he’d stolen that line from me!

I had to dig out all my old typed up poems and go through them until I found “Hangover Blues” and saw that what mister Springsteen had written wasn’t quite the same as I had.

Phew! Major copyright tussle averted. 😀

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