"Beer for My Horses" as written by and Toby Keith/scott Emerick....
Well a man come on the 6 o'clock news
Said somebody's been shot, somebody's been abused
Somebody blew up a building, somebody stole a car
Somebody got away, somebody didn't get too far yeah
They didn't get too far

Grandpappy told my pappy, back in my day, son
A man had to answer for the wicked that he done
Take all the rope in Texas find a tall oak tree,
Round up all them bad boys hang them high in the street
For all the people to see

That justice is the one thing you should always find
You got to saddle up your boys, you got to draw a hard line
When the gun smoke settles we'll sing a victory tune
And we'll all meet back at the local saloon
We'll raise up our glasses against evil forces singing
Whiskey for my men, beer for my horses

We got too many gangsters doing dirty deeds
Too much corruption, and crime in the streets
It's time the long arm of the law put a few more in the ground
Send 'em all to their maker and he'll settle 'em down
You can bet he'll set 'em down

'Cause justice is the one thing you should always find
You got to saddle up your boys, you got to draw a hard line
When the gun smoke settles we'll sing a victory tune
We'll all meet back at the local saloon
And we'll raise up our glasses against evil forces singing
Whiskey for my men, beer for my horses
Whiskey for my men, beer for my horses

You know justice is the one thing you should always find
You got to saddle up your boys, you got to draw a hard line
When the gun smoke settles we'll sing a victory tune
And we'll all meet back at the local saloon
And we'll raise up our glasses against evil forces singing
Whiskey for my men, beer for my horses
Singing whiskey for my men, beer for my horses


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"Beer for My Horses" as written by Toby Keith Scott Emerick

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    General Commentheh heh. You don't have to be a redneck to like this song; saying that one has to be one only shows your ignorance, Lloyd. You don't understand the message he's trying to get across: justice used to be so much simpler, but the corruption in today's courts and the way people can warp words screw up true fairness and justice for the injured.

    Think about what you're saying before you say it next time, Lloyd.
    TenYears_Goneon November 15, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI ain´t no redneck but I still love this song. It rocks! But: I actually can`t believe, that I do like the song despite the lyrics. I mean what the .... does this message lead us to? Round em up, hang em high in the street, leave the bodies to be seen so that all the othe evildoers will see whats gonna happen if they don´t abide by the rules? And whose rules? It sounds so goddamned simple and that is what makes this message so fucking dangerous. You know, if I stop thinking and just listen to my stomach I can go with what is said. Yeah, sure, put them down, he stole a car so hang him and so on and so on. What century are we living in? This is not the west in mid 18th century. I actually apreciate a LOT, that I´m given the chance to explain my case to a court of law, in case that I´d be accused of whatever, never happend to me though. I really wonder what kind of justice that would be if whisky drinking men on beer drinking horses had the chance to "Send ’em all to their maker and he’ll settle ’em down "! And thik about this: Who is THEM? I suppose it might be a very thin line thats drawn between US and THEM! And one last thing: A country that nearly crimilizes any1 who dares smoking a cigarette while at the same time allowing so called free citizens to carry handguns should not be ruled by the disciples of Mr. Lynch!
    I still like the song though...
    Manumanon April 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfrom a pompous douche bag comes a song with an amazing title. "beer for my horses." drunk animals. heheh.
    suckmykisson May 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone think this song might not be entirely serious? I mean, most of it is an inspiring, law-and-order song, but then he ends each chorus with "...and beer for my horses," which sounds pretty silly. I think he's saying, "We're going to play up cowboy justice because it's fun and it's a nice idea, but we realize that we can't just get a posse together and kill the bad guys." If it's not intended to be at least a little ironic, I would like to know the significance of the line "beer for my horses."
    dcroxtonon June 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI always thought is was "Whiskey for my friends BEFORE my horses" It works either way tho. Rockin song!
    mrjames680on June 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI only started top listen to country songs, and I came across this song, I agree with him completely. Fuck jails being overcrowded (UK), just hang the bastards that did injustice. I think they should all go to Hell much faster and suffer there. Hang them up high so everyone can see, refers to anyone thinking about doingh any wrong-doing, they will definatrely think twice about it. Beer For My Horses refers to an old cowboy cavalry type scene setting, where they would hunt down a baddie and hang them when they were caught in a typical horse chase. Hence one the baddie is caught Whiskey for the men that caught the person and beer for the horse as a congratulations for keeping in high speed pursuit. I really and honestly think there still needs to be Capital punishment.
    saawanjon January 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentUK kid, the due process your countrymen fought and died for???

    Then when you get drunk and walk to close to someone who doesn't like you, you get shot.

    It's a catchy song yes, but the message is garbage. I expected more than this from willie nelson.


    Whether or not its a racist song or not, it comes out that way to the general public, (gangstersmainly triggers images of black people).
    darkwolf112on March 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me want to go out and string up a hippy or sexual deviant right now.

    This would probably include everyone who has commented on this song to date excluding Saawanj and mrjames680.

    This song was obviously designed for heroes and therefore should not be listened to by the homosexual liberals that have commented on it so far. Freaking communists.

    This song is obviously communicating a very serious yet simple message. Being a vigilante uber r0x0rs.

    FACT!

    Basically the person that stole my fleece at work better watch out. As soon as I found out who the freak it was. Pow, he's getting the Mussolini treatment whilst me and my buddies get drunk in the park alongside the squirrels and swans.
    Mycallon May 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song isn't about how the judicial system needs to be changed, nor does it tell the listener that they should kill everyone who does wrong-doing. This song is merely a story. In the first few lines, it obviously should that someone is frustrated with people getting off easy. But then the person's father tells the son (or the son remembers being told) that back in the day, everyone used to just round-up all the bad guys on the street and hang 'em high. It's kinda like the story we always hear that goes, "Back in the day, I had to walk 10 miles uphill in 8 inch snw everyday to get to school." That's all it really says, and it's up to the listener's own ideals to decided whether it's right or wrong...
    r3n3gad3on August 30, 2008   Link
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    Song Meaningsome of you are fucking retards. he isnt singing about getting horses drunk. he is pretty much saying to put the justice back in the judicial system and people are getting away with more crimes than they should.
    printzon February 02, 2009   Link

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