Doing Alright

EXETER ARMS HOTEL 100 MILEExeter Arms Hotel | 100 Mile House BC

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Words + Music © Alison Hogan / Whole Lotta Music SOCAN

Charlie Hase : pedal steel guitar
Darryl Havers : piano
Nolan Murray :
fiddle
Brent Gubbels : bass
Shawn Soucy : drums

Recorded 2017

Spirit Studio * Surrey BC
Co-producer/Engineer: Shawn Soucy

Vocal track recorded at Wizard Sound Services * Vancouver BC
Engineer: Brian Campbell

This is a tune that arrived all at once, in a seedy hotel room at the tail end of a miserable few weeks on the road. I started playing it at coffeehouse gigs and people seemed to love it. Picture a tired band at the end of a six-night gig. It’s two in the morning, the air is thick with cigarette smoke, the drummer is stifling a yawn, and the piano is really out of tune. Two or three really drunk couples are careening around the dance floor, someone wants to hear Me and Bobby McGee, the waiters are slamming glasses into the dishwasher, and the bartender is announcing last call.

If you listen all the way to the end you’ll hear some bar sounds and a Canada/Russia hockey game from 1966. Good times!

V1

Outside in the parking lot of this hotel
It’s some kind of 18 wheel truck trailer hell
There’s a big cattle hauler stuck in the ditch
And the driver’s a hard drinking son of a bitch

CHORUS

And he wants to hear Waylon and Willie tonight
And if I stop playing he might start to fight
And if I can get through this Saturday night
I guess I’ll be doing alright
I guess I’ll be doing alright

V2

Well I stumbled into this time warp here
A sea of cheap beer and Stetsons and Maybelline stares
They’ve got dirt on their boots and girls on the brain
These truck driving cowboys will drive me insane

CHORUS

‘Cos they wanna hear Waylon and Willie tonight
And if I stop playing they might start to fight
And if I can get through this Saturday night
I guess I’ll be doing alright
I guess I’ll be doing alright

BRIDGE

Now there’s only one thing pulling me through
All the time that I’m singing I’m thinking of you
I’ve been gone too long but I’ll be back real soon
And I can’t wait to get you alone

V3

This town is a nightmare, this bar is a zoo
But I need the money, what else can I do?
I was born with this curse that I can’t quite explain
And I just might go end it all under a train…

CHORUS

‘Cos they wanna hear Waylon and Willie tonight
And if I stop playing they might start to fight
And if I can get through this Saturday night
I guess I’ll be doing alright
I guess I’ll be doing alright
I guess I’ll be doing alright

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