I worked the rigs from three 'til midnight
On the Corpus Christi Bay
I'd get off and drink 'til daylight
Sleep the mornin' away
I had a plan to take my wages
Leave the rigs behind for good
But that life it is contagious
And it gets down in your blood

I lived in Corpus with my brother
We were always on the run
We were bad for one another
But we were good at having fun
We got stoned along the seawall
We got drunk and rolled a car
We knew the girls at every dancehall
Had a tab at every bar

If I could live my life all over
It wouldn't matter anyway
'Cause I never could stay sober
On the Corpus Christi Bay

My brother had a wife and family
You know he gave 'em a good home
But his wife thought we were crazy
And one day we found her gone
We threw her clothes into the car trunk
Her photographs, her rosary
We went to the pier and got drunk
And through it all into the sea

If I could live my life all over
It wouldn't matter anyway
'Cause I never could stay sober
On the Corpus Christi Bay

Now my brother lives in Houston
He married for a second time
He got a good job with the union
And it's keeping him in live
He came to Corpus just this weekend
It was good to see him here
He said he finally gave up drinkin'
Then he ordered me a beer

If I could live my life all over
It wouldn't matter anyway
'Cause I never could stay sober
On the Corpus Christi Bay

If I could live my life all over
It wouldn't matter anyway
'Cause I never could stay sober
On the Corpus Christi Bay


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    General Commentme and my brother, even though we didnt do anything like this, its still good to see hhim.
    gwamoon December 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentProbably my favorite REK song. Reminds me of good, rowdy times with the guys I consider to be my "brothers". This song always puts a smile on my face when I hear it.
    roushsn95on January 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis has always been my favorite Keen tune and he never fails to play it live in concert. At least he did the 5 or 6 times I have seen him. Always wondered how much of this story is true...whether it is about him and his brother or maybe two other people he knows.
    Dizbusterson August 02, 2014   Link

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