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"Born in a Bar"

from "Pomp and Circumstance" EP by Casey Ruff



An homage to my upbringing within the "Junction City Saloon" of Custer, Montana, a bar owned by both sets of my grandparents. The rest of the song speaks for itself. This song is a favorite at live shows for the band and the audience alike. The live show essence was captured a couple of birthdays back recording drunken friends and well-wishers at Her Car studios in Fremont. Probably one of the more fun songs to have written.


I was conceived between Centipede and Ms. Pac Man arcade machines
Mama had me on a green pool table
She said I sank the 8 ball on the break before I could crawl
I was born in a bar

I'd say Mother please could you spare me some dollars
for some quarters and a Roy Rogers
and a Shirley Temple for the farmers daughter
I've gotten older, man, but I haven't got too far
from being born in a bar

I was born in a bar
I live in a bar
I'll die in a bar
but I tip pretty well so you know I won't go to hell
I was born in a bar

I started bar tending when I was 18
my buddy's passed around my older brothers ID
I said I know you're only seventeen, you don't look 23
but we can't afford to ignore a revenue stream
we gotta make a living in this bar

you'll say where is the propriety in this society
to have kids in environments like bars
but the alcoholics with their empty wallets
got all the knowledge you can't buy from college
just by living in a bar

so, when I'm dead, tell the ferry man
I gotta come back and pay my tab
say Amen
May He Be Reborn In A Bar

I was born in a bar
I live in a bar
I'll die in a bar
but I tip pretty well so you know I won't go to hell
I was born in a bar


from "Pomp and Circumstance" EP, track released April 1, 2014
David Busby- bass
Kubby Casual- drums
Casey Ruff- acoustic guitar and vocals
Kate Voss- piano and vox
Dan Walker- lead guitar and vox

The birthday party singers on "Born in a Bar" are:
The Mayors of Ballard
Colin J Nelson
Paul Beaudry
Charles Wicklander
David Sproull
Lance Moore
Natalie Quist
Marc and Amanda Laurick
Peder Nelson
Eda Beers
Jess Wrenn

Recorded at Sound Track Unlimited in Greenwood, WA by Paul Beaudry
Mastered by Doug Krebs. Check out www.dougkrebs.com


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Casey Ruff Seattle, Washington

A singer/songwriter living in Seattle, WA. He's originally from Custer, MT. Known by migrant beet laborers as "El Dragón de las Altas Llanuras". Former high school mascot. Future nihilist. Acting Vice President of the M. Bellucci Fan Club. Sounds like AmeriContra, Gravelvet, and Frontier Orchestral ... more

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