Whiskey Before Breakfast banjo tabs & chords

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  • Single String Style

    Difficulty

    A lower octave arrangement than the melodic version. This version of Whiskey Before Breakfast gives you a great single string work out down the neck because of the mixture of open and closed strings.

    • Key D
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning aDGBD
    Play Single String Style
  • Melodic Style

    Difficulty

    Like most other melodic D tunes, Whiskey Before Breakfast features a large left hand stretch from the 9th fret 3rd string to the 5th fret 1st string. Make sure you're pressing down hard enough!

    • Key D
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning aDGBD
    Play Melodic Style
  • Backup

    Difficulty

    A straightforward backup arrangement of Whiskey Before Breakfast that gives you some 7th chord runs to throw in for some nice color.

    • Key D
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning aDGBD
    Play Backup

Whiskey Before Breakfast lyrics

Early one day the sun wouldn't shine
I was walking down the street not feeling too fine
I saw two old men with a bottle between 'em
And this was the song that I heard them singing

Lord preserve us and protect us,
We've been drinking whiskey 'fore breakfast

Well I stopped by the steps where they was sitting
And I couldn't believe how drunk they were getting
I said "old men, have you been drinking long?"
They said "just long enough to be singing this song"

Lord preserve us and protect us,
We've been drinking whiskey 'fore breakfast

Well they passed me the bottle and I took a little sip
And it felt so good I just couldn't quit
I drank some more and next thing I knew
There were three of us sitting there singing this tune

Lord preserve us and protect us,
We've been drinking whiskey 'fore breakfast

One by one everybody in the town
They heard our ruckus and they all came down
And pretty soon all the streets were ringing
With the sound of the whole town laughing and singing

Lord preserve us and protect us,
We've been drinking whiskey 'fore breakfast

Lord preserve us and protect us,
We've been drinking whiskey 'fore breakfast