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Three Thirty-three/ Halfway to Hell

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Size: 3,685kb, uploaded 2/24/2016 8:58:12 AM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Wrote this simple waltz a few years back. Since "666;" is written about as a significant number in various sermons and horror movies and such as the Devil's number, I figured that the dark cold hour of 3:33 would be a fine time to set a scene for a conversation, real or imagined, between a bitter drunk and the Devil. Had a bit of trouble getting the song INTO the computer. (The original was lost in a previous crash, but my nephew had a copy, but not in a format BHO would accept. So it went from that format, to a disc, and was played out of one computer, through speakers, into a microphone, down a wire to an amplifier, out that into another a microphone, and into a second computer, to make an MP3 file.)

1 comment on “Three Thirty-three/ Halfway to Hell”

mike gregory Says:
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 @1:07:29 PM

Here are they lyrics:
It's halfway to hell in the morning, the clock's blinking 3:33
And I've wandered on home from the tavern alone, and the Devil's been whispering to me!

He says
“Looks like another day's wasted, and GOD knows how few might remain!
You can't crawl in the bottle, and hope there to throttle
The memories that give you such pain.”

He says “I've been the Devil a long time. Much Longer than most people think.
And the way that you do it, won't help you get through it, and it's no fun, just watching you drink!”

He says “Hell's just a BIT overcrowded, and that's why I'm BEGGING you, boy.
We're packed in and jammed by the folks who've been damned by the other folks that they annoy.”

Then he tells me of all of the people, 24 out of each 25, who mutter OH DAMN YOU! At people they don't know, just 'cause they don't like how they drive!
And it's DAMN all the telephone salesmen, and DAMN politicians, as well.
And DAMN that young crowd, with their music so loud... and THAT'S why it's crowded in Hell.

And the Devil says I get quite boring, when I've drunk me a toddy or three.
And he's so scared he's PISSING at the thought of STUCK, listening, to eternal damned WHINING from me!

He says “I don't NEED any more whiners, especially DULL ones like you! I am short space for cheaters, liars, wife-beaters, and I don't know what more I can do.”

Then he says “I am BEGGING for PITY! Because Eternity's too long to live if I have to put up with such boring-ass bullshit, so why not grow up, and forgive?”

I said “Devil, I just can't believe you. I've been told you're the Father of Lies! And having you tell me to learn to forgive, has taken me quite by surprise.”

He said “Buddy, there's many GOOD persons, I've had to tempt HARD in their time, to give up their Hope, turn to drinking and dope, and a life of disorganized crime.

But you two-bit perpetual whiners don't need ME to tempt you, or judge. You claim your a victim of some mighty wrong, because you like HOLDING your grudge!
Well, it's like I've been saying all evening and the Devil don't make no mistakes: The ONLIEST Hell for somebody like you, is the one you so carefully make!
Quit blaming your past for your drinking, and don't blame your past on your booze. Life can be pleasant when lived in the present. You can walk ANY path that you choose.”

I said “Devil, it sounds like you're trying to send me on some other way. Why would you care two cents about me, and whether or not I'm astray?”

He said “Drunkards have got to be honest, so listen to what I must say
There's no place in MY hell for whiners like you, so I'm begging you: Just stay away!
Sure, keep all you sad old memories, but don't WALLOW in all that regret.
You can learn how to live, you can learn to forgive,
Then you won't have to drink to forget.”

I said “Drinking helped me a lot, so far! That's the one clear FACT that I'm stating.”
He said “Chatting with the DEVIL in the way early morning, means you're NOT hallucinating????
You've done a LOT of talking, fueled by your 100 Proof.
But if you say drinking is HELPING you some, I say that you're pulling my hoof!

Hmmm Hmm Hmm

(Now, ain't that a Country/Western HIT!??)

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