"Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)" as written by and Kurt/brecht Weill....
Well, show me the way
To the next whisky bar
Oh, don't ask why
Oh, don't ask why

Show me the way
To the next whisky bar
Oh, don't ask why
Oh, don't ask why

For if we don't find
The next whisky bar
I tell you we must die
I tell you we must die
I tell you, I tell you
I tell you we must die

Oh, moon of Alabama
We now must say goodbye
We've lost our good old mama
And must have whiskey, oh, you know why

Oh, moon of Alabama
We now must say goodbye
We've lost our good old mama
And must have whisky, oh, you know why

Well, show me the way
To the next little girl
Oh, don't ask why
Oh, don't ask why

Show me the way
To the next little girl
Oh, don't ask why
Oh, don't ask why

For if we don't find
The next little girl
I tell you we must die
I tell you we must die
I tell you, I tell you
I tell you we must die

Oh, moon of Alabama
We now must say goodbye
We've lost our good old mama
And must have whisky, oh, you know why


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"Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)" as written by Bertolt Brecht Kurt Weill

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  • +6
    General CommentThis is a great sing a long song when you are extremely drunk.
    OceanOfChaoson May 07, 2002   Link
  • +6
    General CommentLOL at you people who are telling these long anecdotes about how Jim wrote this song because of something that happened at the Whiskey A-Go Go, or it's and old Russian song, or bla bla. This song was written by the iconic German playwright Bertolt Brecht for Hauspostille in 1927, then put to music later by Kurt Weill for the musical Mahagonny, co-written by Weill and Brecht.

    Ray Manzarek had this musical on vinyl, and all of the Doors listened to it thinking it was weird and would fit their style well. So they added it to the album (without attributing it to its rightful songwriters!)

    The version they made is quite a bit different from the Kurt Weill version. Nevertheless, it is an amazing rock song, one of my favorites of theirs. But no, Jim did not write this, and neither did the "old Russians."

    (If you don't believe me, watch the VH1 Classic Albums documenting The Doors first album. Hear it in their own words.)

    Damn people, if you don't know what you're talking about, don't talk...
    ShepherdofBeingon June 28, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General Commentman i love the beat to this song.
    heh, its seems like the Doors like theyre whiskey like they like their women.....12 years old.
    themachine312on July 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe doors didn't even write this song, so buddy it has nothing to do with the doors this song was written by kurt weill and performed 1st by lotta lenya then the doors sang it, then bowie changed most of the wrds.. thats some of the history of the song, but i tell you its not about anything to do with the doors, Jim morrison can relate to the song, but its not about him,alright? alright!
    njrockstarbanditon June 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is kind of hard to uderstand because its not abgout what you think. The Doors were banned from the whiskey ago go for bein too crazy and saying what the said in "the end" Jim wrote this song saying that he wanted to the same thing only with the rest of the world, he pissed off the producers at the Ed sullivan show, always gettin into trouble with police. He liked pissing people off and used the Whiskey ago go as an example of what he wanted to do therefore he wanted to find the way to the next whiskey bar (another place to piss people off)
    IMJM4371on April 01, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJim wanted to spread the word
    "WAKE UP"!!!!!!!!!
    wake up from this delivered dream
    we were free in our mothers womb
    and shackled at birth, Jim says WAKE UP
    we can be free again
    we must own our minds
    The Lizard Queenon April 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually this song originally comes from a poem or better said a "song" of Bert Brecht eecg.toronto.edu/~flouris/docs/…
    And the music was performed by Kurt Weill
    chbon April 24, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti need a shot of whiskey.... did i say a shot better make 2, better yet make it 3 or 4 or 5 enough to keep me on the ground or in the toliet
    DagoBoyon June 17, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing to sing when your harmmerd, espeacily if your feeling lonely.
    guiwdon June 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually.... Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist in the doors had old records of German showtunes, so they found this song and used it. I might have interpreted this wrong though, but oh well.
    Lrr11201on November 14, 2004   Link

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