"Barrier Reef" as written by and Murry Hammond Kendall Bethea....
Empty bottle was half empty, tide was low, and I was thirsty
I saw her sitting at the bar, well you know how some girls are
Always making eyes, well she wasn't making eyes

So I sidled up beside her, settled down and shouted, "Hi there"
My name's Stewart Ransom Miller, I'm a serial lady-killer"
She said, "I'm already dead," that's exactly what she said

So we tripped the lights fantastic, we was both made of elastic
Midnight came and midnight went and I though I was the President
She said, "Do you have a car?" and I said, "Do I have a car?"

What's so great about the Barrier Reef?
What's so fine about art?
What's so good about a Good Times Van
When you're working on a broken, working on a broken
Working on a broken man
When you're working on a broken, working on a broken
Working on a broken man, yeah

My heart wasn't in it, not for one single minute
Oh then I went through the motions with her
Her on top, and me on liquor, didn't do no good, well I didn't think it would

What's so great about the Barrier Reef?
What's so fine about art?
What's so good about a Good Times Van
When you're working on a broken, working on a broken
Working on a broken man?
When you're working on a broken, working on a broken
Working on a broken man?
When you're working on a broken, working on a broken
Working on a broken man?



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"Barrier Reef" as written by Murray Hammond Kendall Dewayne Bethea

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    General CommentThe Empty Bottle is a rock club in Chicago. With all the double entendres, mixed meanings, and the general story line, I think the song is definitely about being drunk and confused.

    The chorus just basically turns all of our assumptions around and dumps them on the ground. Nothing is really great, fine or good times when you're too drunk to understand what's happening.

    Great song.
    supposablethumbson March 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the first Old 97's songs I heard. These are my favorite lines:

    My heart wasn't in it, not for one single minute.
    I went through the motions with her. Her on top, and me on liquor.
    lilac_lushon June 26, 2003   Link
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    General CommentRhett said once that this song is Rob Thomas' (from Matchbox 20) favorite.
    holmie00on October 14, 2005   Link

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