"Mekong" as written by and Brian David/clyne Blush....
Barkeep
Another Mekong please
Yes of course, you can keep the change
A new glass here for this new friend of mine
Forgive me, I've forgot your name
Flip a coin
What shall we talk about
Heads I tell the truth
Tails I lie

I came all the way
From Taipei today
Now Bangkok's pouring rain
And I'm going blind again
And I ain't seen my girl
In fifteen thousand miles

Is it true
It's always happy hour here
If it is I'd like to stay a while
And as cliche as it sounds
I'd like to raise another round
And if you bottles empty
Help yourself to mine
Thank you for your time
And here's to life

Barkeep
We need to go around again
One for me and what's his name
My new best friend
Deal me in
And I'll pick my cards up off the floor
I'll see my lucky coin
And raise a pack of lies

Smile to the girl at the door
Another 4 dollar whore
But don't look her in the eyes
She'll break your heart

We came all the way
From Taipei today
Now Bangkok's pissin' rain
And we're going blind again
And I ain't seen my girl
In fifteen thousand miles

Is it true
It's always happy hour here
If it is I'd like to stay a while
And as cliche as it sounds
I'd like to raise another round
And if you bottles empty
Help yourself to mine
Thank you for your time
And here's to life

Is it true
It's always happy hour here
If it is I'd like to stay a while
And as cliche as it sounds
I'd like to raise another round
And if you bottles empty
Help yourself to mine
Thank you for your time
And here's to life


Lyrics submitted by rabidpenguin

"Mekong" as written by Roger Clyne Brian Blush

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    General CommentNo, no, no.. you're both wrong. He says He came all the way from Taipei today. Taipei, in Taiwan. By the way, Locals call it "Tem-pee" for Tempe. I should know, I live there. He's singing about Bangkok and Mekongs, so it's no stretch of the imagination that he's singing about Asia, which is where Taipei is
    billvmc2000on September 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit's about celebrating life, wherever you are. mekong, by the way, is an expensive whiskey from thailand.
    schlieffenon March 04, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyeah, celebrating life i gues, no matter where it put you. Drown you're sarrows and have a good time. I'm not sure, but i really like the song
    zeprefreshon March 19, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis band is so amazing. I love almost every song they made.
    kerplunk17on November 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI believe the words are "I came all the way / from Tempe today"
    The band is from Tempe, AZ (which i wish i'd known when i was visiting family there).
    anakoluthonon February 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentanakoluthon is right. It is Tempe. I used to live there for several years, and I found out many people native there, or who lived there their whole lives pronounce it "Temp-ay". This is a great song about celebrating life with friends and strangers.
    whoser93on May 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThere's a great and touching article where Roger talks about his trip to Thailand during or after college with his friend Micheal. The went with 300 bucks between them and made ends meet by giving guitar lessons for cash, and they drank Mekhong whiskey because it was cheap and strong (Roger always jokes that it'll strip the white off your teeth and advises not to drink it but keep it around for cleaning things). Micheal was with Roger in Thailand where he wrote this song.
    Micheal later died a long, slow, hard death due to cystic fibrosis, and often Roger introduces this song by dedicating it to Micheal and giving the "Here's to this thing we all share, Here's to Live!" toast before they kick the song off. This song along with "Leaky Little Boat" inspired my tattoo and is one of my favorite songs of all time.
    DrThunderon September 07, 2017   Link

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