"Barstool" as written by Paul Heaton, Scott Shields and Martin Paul Slattery....
Old man on a barstool watching TV
Got up and came over to sit closer to me
He said "you look familiar to someone I knew
But when were your age we were older than you
Jimmy was twenty and I seventeen
And to us there was nothing but girls and machines
Jimmy got married and I went to war
I still don't know what we were doing it for
But if you'll buy me a drink, a turkey on ice
Then I could give you some advice

"You just stay in the bar
For as long as you can
'Cause as long as you're drinking
Then you've got the world in your hand"

"There's no shame in hanging your world by a string
And you know there's no harm in not thinking a thing
But trying to find a place for yourself in this world
Is like trying to make a wife of an American girl
If you'll trade me a drink for a story or two
Then you'll know what you need to do"

"You just stay in the bar
For as long as you can
You know love is for sissies
It's whiskey that makes you a man"

Now the old man got up and stumbled out in the street
He'd been drinking all day and left his bar tab with me
I didn't have the money to cover his bill
But I found me a man who looked like me, younger still
And said "buy me a drink and I'll tell you a tale
About the old man who taught me so well"

You just stay in the bar
For as long as you can
Hell I know you're a friend
I can tell by the shakes in your hand
You just stay in the bar
For as long as you dare
As long as you're tipping
Then you've got a good friend somewhere

Lyrics submitted by luciferhades

"Barstool" as written by Paul Heaton Scott Shields

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentGreat song, by an under-appreciated artist. I'm not quite sure what the song means, and won't even venture a guess as to sounds like an idiot. Such soothing music though, and I hope he gets his name out there, past just "that song from Donnie Darko"
    TylerP119on November 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit's an upbeat song about being a barfly (or if you want, an alcoholic).

    yeah, hope he gets his name past "that song from Donnie Darko"..."he didn't even write it! Tears for Fears did!!!" - still a great version, but his own stuff stands on its own merit.
    dave_mon July 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHah! I found out about him as, "That song in Gears of War". Yes, T4F did write the song, but Michael Andrews and Gary Jules took a nice 70s sounding song and pumped some life and emotion into it. I think a rather simplistic grasp of the song would be that sometimes you just gotta accept the way things are, and then drink your way through them, then let someone else pay for it. :)
    Songprophet42088on October 29, 2011   Link

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