Gene Watson performs “Drinking My Way Back Home” live at Church Street Station in Orlando, Florida.

He reached # 10 on the US Hot Country Songs charts, and spent a total of 17 weeks on the charts. On the Canadian RPM country tracks charts, he reached # 8. The song was included in Gene's thirteenth studio album, Little By Little (MCA 1983)

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Drinking My Way Back Home

Album cover Gene Watson ( MCA 1983 )
Album cover Gene Watson ( MCA 1983 )

“Drinkin ‘My Way Back Home”, a song written by Don Scaife, Ronny Scaife and Phil Thomas, was recorded by Gene Watson for the MCA label, in July 1983, at Pete’s Place, 809 18th Ave. South, Nashville, TN, the song was recorded along with the rest of the album, Gene was accompanied in the recording session by: Daniel Raniwater (guitar), Norm Kastner (guitar), Tiny Olson (steel), Larry Booth (bass), Tony Booth (bass), Doug Boggs (drums), Lisa Silver and Buddy Spicher (fiddle), Joe Gough (piano) and Tennessee Express. With the production of Gene Watson and Russ Reeder, the song was released in November 1983, February 11 In 1984, he reached # 10 on the US Hot Country Songs charts, and spent a total of 17 weeks on the charts. On the Canadian RPM country tracks charts, he reached # 8.

The song was included in Gene’s thirteenth studio album, Little By Little (MCA 1983), the album released in autumn 1983, on June 9, 1984, reached # 34 on the charts of US Top Country Albums.
The first version of the song was recorded by the band Shylo, in fall 1976, for the Columbia label.

Versions:

Shylo 1977 (Columbia)
Joe Firth 1984 (Boots Records)





Gene Watson – Drinking My Way Back Home Lyrics

I sobered up in Houston
In the bed of my pickup truck
My head was hangin’ so heavy
I could hardly hold it up

I got to thinkin’ ’bout
Sweet little woman I left all alone
And that’s when I started rollin’
Drinkin’ my way back home

Drinkin’ my way back home
Listenin’ to a honky tonk song
I hope the Devil in my soul don’t steer me wrong
‘Cause I’m drinkin’ my way back home

I can feel that Texas sun
Down on this redneck of mine
Every time I pop top
I’m getting closer to the Arkansas line

I left a trail of Lone Star beers
From here to San Antone
So, baby, here I come, don’t worry
Drinkin’ my way back home

Drinkin’ my way back home
Listenin’ to a honky tonk song
I hope the Devil in my soul don’t steer me wrong
‘Cause I’m drinkin’ my way back home

Drinkin’ my way back home
Listenin’ to a honky tonk song
I hope the Devil in my soul don’t steer me wrong
‘Cause I’m drinkin’ my way back home

Here I come, baby

Single Gene Watson ( MCA 1983 )
Single Gene Watson ( MCA 1983 )

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