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ZZ Top group composition "Beer Drinkers And Hell Raisers" (with or without the ampersand) is a fun track with the band playing up to their Southern redneck image. Unusually, bass player Dusty Hill supplies the lead vocal, backed up by axeman Billy Gibbons.

It has been suggested that the line, "Baby, don't you wanna come with me?" means something a little more explicit than, "Would you like to accompany me to the honky-tonk, miss?" If that is indeed the case, then the censor missed it; although it was not released as a single it received considerable airplay, including in the UK, where in 1973 this sort of innuendo would not have been tolerated by the BBC.

The original version runs to 3 minutes 23 seconds, and the song has been covered by both Van Halen and Motörhead, the latter of whom produced a blistering track with some fine and innovative soloing by Fast Eddie Clarke, but as is often the case, the original has not been bettered.


If you see me walkin' down the line

With my fav'right honky tonk in mind,

Well, I'll be here around suppertime

With my can of dinner and a bunch of fine.

Beer drinkers and hell raisers, yeah.

Uh-huh-huh, baby, don't you want to come with me?

The crowd gets loud when the band gets right,

Steel guitar cryin' through the night.

Yeah, try'n to cover up the corner fight

But everything cool 'cause they's just tight.

Beer drinkers and hell raisers, yeah.

Huh, baby, don't you want to come with me?

Ah, play it boy.

The joint was jumpin' like a cat on hot tin.

Lord, I thought the floor was gonna give in.

Soundin' a lot like a House Congressional

'cause we're experimental and professional.

Beer drinkers, hell raisers, yeah.

Well, baby, don't you want to come with me?

Songwriters: Billy Gibbons / Frank Beard / Joe Hill

Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers lyrics © BMG Rights Management


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