Beer for My Horses Lyrics - Toby Keith
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Well a man come on the 6 o'clock news
Said somebody's been shot, somebody's been abused
Somebody blew up a building
Somebody stole a car
Somebody got away
Somebody didn't get too far yeah
They didn't get too far
Grandpappy told my pappy, back in my day, son
A man had to answer for the wicked that he done
Take all the rope in Texas
Find a tall oak tree, round up all of them bad boys
Hang them high in the street for all the people to see that
Justice is the one thing you should always find
You got to saddle up your boys
You got to draw a hard line
When the gun smoke settles we'll sing a victory tune
We'll all meet back at the local saloon
We'll raise up our glasses against evil forces
Singing whiskey for my men, beer for my horses
We got too many gangsters doing dirty deeds
We've got too much corruption, too much crime in the streets
It's time the long arm of the law put a few more in the ground
Send 'em all to their maker and he'll settle 'em down
You can bet he'll set 'em down 'cause
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NOT RACISM - TRUTH! | Reviewer: Skeptical Observer | 1/31/13
"...a man had to answer for THE WICKED THAT HE DONE."
NOTHING RACIST ABOUT THAT! In fact those who see racism everywhere but in the mirror, ought to look closer into that mirror. The racism is in their heart.
Its Just a Song | Reviewer: lyrics | 10/17/12
I think the song is great. It has a fun beat and with Toby and Willie singing, it can't get much better. I think some people read way to much into songs and books, looking for a "deeper meaning". It's just a song, enjoy it or not, but it doesn't need to be a great debate.
Get over yourselves, silly rabbits!!! | Reviewer: Catherine | 8/18/12
I am all for capital punishment! With the death penalty for child sex offenders, there are no repeat offenders!!! And all those worried about the mention of alcohol in the song, where is your outrage with all of the other genres that go on about beating women, killing each other, getting blitzed on drug a b or c.....Take your pick. And calling it racist shows how ignorant you are. The desire to stop the cycle of violence should always be a top priority, but as long as whiney trolls need their momentary solace in protecting the foul and disgusting that would commit sex crimes and murder the world will continue to slither down a hole of increasing rapists, pedophiles, and murderers! Find something productive to fight for instead of fighting against the notion of stopping the innocence robbing of others!!!
If Beer for my Horses be "racist" What y'all call this? | Reviewer: Ado Christian | 8/7/12
Kill the white people; we gonna make them hurt; kill the white people; but buy my record first; ha, ha, ha";
"Kill d'White People"; --Apache, Apache Ain't Shit, 1993, Tommy Boy Music, Time Warner, USA.
"Niggas in the church say: kill whitey all night long. . . . the white man is the devil. . . . the CRIPS and Bloods are soldiers I'm recruiting with no dispute; drive-by shooting on this white genetic mutant. . . . let's go and kill some rednecks. . . . Menace Clan ain't afraid. . . . I got the .380; the homies think I'm crazy because I shot a white baby; I said; I said; I said: kill whitey all night long. . . . a nigga dumping on your white ass; fuck this rap shit, nigga, I'm gonna blast. . . . I beat a white boy to the motherfucking ground";
"Kill Whitey"; --Menace Clan, Da Hood, 1995, Rap-A-Lot Records, Noo Trybe Records, subsidiaries of what was called Thorn EMI and now is called The EMI Group, United Kingdom.
Dear john | Reviewer: The Patriot | 6/8/12
Your fucking retarded and i would hang your ass from a tree if i could.
Now that we understand each other.. Your idiotic ideals about this song make me sick, Not once is anything "racist" even uttered in this song. So..there was absolutely no point for you to bring up racism, your a damn trouble maker and a liar not to mention the undeniable fact that you are nothing more than a liberal, politically incorrect, jackass who likes to hear himself / herself / itself [whatever you wanna call yourself] talk. you wanna hear about racism? here it is.. the truth of the matter is that our country is so torn apart that the freedom of speech is now non-existent.. well ive heard enough about racism there is no damn racism anymore. Its gotten to the point that the only race that is a target for racism these days is the white Americans, while African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latin Americans can just play the race card over and over but god forbid if i take out a lawsuit against one of them for calling me a cracker, or a damn whitey. OOH... but i suppose that not being racist right?. Tell ya what shut your face and go the hell on, You wont be missed.
weed the garden | Reviewer: Susan | 5/29/12
You cannot tell your children there are no monsters. There are monsters, but they look like regular people. We should get rid of the repeat offenders, serial killers, murders of children. Make their last moments less violent via lethal injection, so that more people will find it acceptable. Just get rid of them. They are multiplying like flies. The weeds are taking over the garden.
SERIOUSLY!!! | Reviewer: Max | 12/15/11
If you idiots think this is racist why dont you look at how blacks talk to themselves. they constantly drop the "N" word left and right at EACHOTHER!!! i'm a cop and in my honest opinion i think they should bring back corporal punishment. i dont care if it's blacks or whites hanging from a "Tall oak tree". as far as i'm concerned it should be the electric chair!
P.S amen to giving my horses beer and my partener whiskey! Toby and Willie have it right!!
get over it. | Reviewer: sense | 12/14/11
Just want to start by saying I consider myself a "liberal", but I will follow that by saying the song is whatever you interpret it as. If people still walk around calling everything racist than all the racist shit in the past lives on. If you shut the fuck up about it and let people have their own beliefs regardless of the implications and move on it will be a better America.
Racist?? Are you kidding me? | Reviewer: Ben | 12/6/11
Who are these idiots calling this song racist? This song isn't racist. Not even close. People need to learn a little something about the old west before they spout their racist dogma.
READ words, not memories | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/1/11
I'm not entirely sure it's even worth attempting a post in favor of moderation, but here's a notion for both sides of the opposition- take a breather, sit down, and read the lyrics. No. I mean the lyrics. Not just the post above or below yours, or the sub-context you think you see. Does the song have a vigilante context? I think we can say that it does. Our first stanza tells us that terrible things are happening in this world, our second remembers a past where(in the rose colored glasses of memory) people didn't get away with it. The third stanza suggests action, to take up arms and personally amend the issue. Is vigilante-ism wrong? I'm gonna have to vote for the party that said yes. And before party two gets in an uproar, and before party one starts acting all superior and mighty, I'm sorry, but I'm still going to have to disagree with the idea that there is something inherently racist about the song. Whatever issues you have with Texas(I'm from MA, before you start preaching) THERE IS NO MENTION OF LYNCHING IN THIS SONG.
"Take all the rope in Texas/Find a tall oak tree/round up all of them bad boys/Hang them high in the street for all the people to see that..."
The song mentions HANGING. Public hanging? Yes. But not lynching. We can't assume, just because the state of Texas and justice are mentioned in the same song, that the song is about lynching. That's like saying, Russia and the early 1900s are in this song, it must be about murdering royal families. It's kind of a jump, ladies and gentlemen, even if it is the time period in which it occurred. Further, as indicated in other posts, if you don't know the race of the prosecuting party, or for that matter, the race of the prosecuted, how can it be racist? If you watch any of those old western movies (which is clearly what this song is referencing, more than anyone's actual "memories"), most of the outlaws that get rounded up and hung are white guys.
P.S. Whoever said Toby Keith was racist and ignorant. That guy voted for- and publicly supported- a black president.
@terry | Reviewer: Chase | 10/6/11
terry.....and obviously your ok will letting be get away with rape, murder, stealing, etc. Take your daughter, sister, or mother into the scene and picture how devastating it would be to have something done to them. I got $10 bucks you wouldn't want them to get go chill in jail with your money being spent, free meals, and something new to get off too.
Dumbasses | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/6/11
Stop hating on Toby Keith, he's singing about real justice not the justice system we have today where criminals get better health care in prison than we do so just shut it, it's a song, build a bridge and get over it
Review | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/17/11
I'm not exactly sure what's racist about this song!
Personally, I think it's just about punishing those who have done wrong (the hanging may be literal or symbolic), then celebrating a job well done of protecting the people!
And about the whole alcoholism thing, a little beer and whiskey never hurt any one!
clearly a song praising lincing | Reviewer: terry | 7/4/11
String up people from trees? Being drunk on beer and whiskey and no trial? Its disgraceful to have a pop song about how great it is to get drunk and linch people. By the way, you ignorant drunk and drug addict morons, even when you are talking to a white person that does not mean they share your hatred of colored people, thank god there are lots of good white people, not like Toby Keith!
Ignorant liberals | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/10/11
Nothing surprises me anymore but I continue to be amazed at the ignorant loons in this country. I suppose the Dukes of Hazard is racist too. It’s these crazy IGNORANT loony toons who put this disastrous president in office. Great song!
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