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Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues

Title Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues
Artist Danny O'Keefe
Writer(s Danny O'Keefe
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"Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues"is a song written and performed by Danny O'Keefe. It was first recorded by O'Keefe in 1967, but not released. It was recorded by The Bards and released in 1968 as the b-side to the song "Tunesmith" on Parrot Records. The Bards were a band from Moses Lake, Washington. The song was recorded by O'Keefe for his self-titled debut album in 1971. The following year he re-recorded it (with a slower, more downbeat arrangement) for his second album, O'Keefe. The second version was issued as a single, reaching #9 on the BillboardHot 100 singles chart, #5 on the adult contemporary chart, and #63 on the country chart. It was covered by numerous artists. A cover by Leon Russell peaked at number 63 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1984.
Peak chart position # 9 in 1972
Lyrics Everybody's goin' away
Said they're movin' to LA
There's not a soul I know around
Everybody's leavin' town

Some caught a freight, some caught a plane
Find the sunshine, leave the rain
They said this town's a waste of time
I guess they're right, it's wastin' mine

   Some gotta win, some gotta lose
   Good time Charlie's got the blues
   Good time Charlie's got the blues

<brief instrumental>

Ya know my heart keeps tellin' me
"You're not a kid at thirty-three"
"Ya play around, ya lose your wife"
"Ya play too long, you lose your life"

I got my pills to ease the pain
Can't find a thing to ease the rain
I'd love to try and settle down
But everybody's leavin' town

   Some gotta win, some gotta lose
   Good time Charlie's got the blues
   Good time Charlie's got the blues
   Good time Charlie's got the blues

(whistling to end)
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