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The Winner by Bobby Bare 1976 Songwriter: SHEL SILVERSTEIN For More About Bobby Bare /> /> Bobby Bare – The Winner Lyrics The hulk of a man with a beer in his hand he looked like a drunk old fool And I knew if I hit him right why I could knock him off of that stool But everybody they said watch out hey that's the Tiger Man McCool He's had the whole lotta fights and he's always come out winner yeah he's a winner But I had myself about five too many and I walked up tall and proud I faced his back and I faced the fact that he had never stooped or bowed I said Tiger Man you're a pussycat and a hush fell on the crowd I said let's you and me go outside and see who's the winner Well he gripped the bar with one big hairy hand then he braced against the wall He slowly looked up from his beer my God that man was tall He said boy I see you're a scrapper so just before you fall I'm gonna tell you just a little bout what it means to be a winner He said now you see these bright white smilin' teeth you know they ain't my own Mine rolled away like Chicklets down the street in San Antone But I left that person cursin' nursin' seven broken bones And he only broke ah three of mine that makes me the winner He said now behind this grin I got a steel pin that holds my jaw in place A trophy of my most successful motorcycle race And each morning when I wake and touch this scar across my face It reminds me of all I got by bein' a winner Now this broken back was the dyin' act of a handsome Harry Clay That sticky Cincinnati night I stole his wife away But that woman she gets uglier and she gets meaner every day But I got her boy that's what makes me a winner He said you gotta speak loud when you challenge me son cause it's hard for me to hear With this twisted neck and these migraine pains and this big ole cauliflower ear And if it wadn't for this glass eye of mine why I'd shed a happy tear To think of all that you gonna get by bein' a winner I got arthritic elbows boy I got dislocated knees From pickin' fights with thunderstorms and chargin' into trees And my nose been broke so often I might lose if I sneeze And son you say you still wanna be a winner Now you remind me a lotta my younger days with your knuckles a clenchin' white But boy I'm gonna sit right here and sip this beer all night And if there's somethin' that you gotta gain to prove by winnin' some silly fight Well okay I quit I lose you're the winner So I stumbled from that barroom not so tall and not so proud And behind me I still hear the hoots of laughter of the crowd But my eyes still see and my nose still works and my teeth're still in my mouth And you know I guess that makes me the winner Songwriters: SHEL SILVERSTEIN The Winner lyrics © T.R.O. INC. For Lyrics />. thanks for watching .

The Winner by Bobby Bare country

polly cannon
was my husbands favorite song and when he would come home form having his kidney dialysis,he would say, "well another one done so that makes me a winner!!!"
John Ramirez
You Know it is true, especially if you are either the scrapper or the old fighter! My last one was close to this song.... a younger more "fit" youngster came in the bar & I guess just looking for me. So when he came up to me and said, "I heard you're the badass in this bar". I actually picked up my beer, drank a chug and told him, " you know kid, I'm fat, old, and crippled, but I think I've got one more left in me". To this day the regulars at that bar tease me about that, "but I got him boy, so that makes me the winner"?!
William Tweedie
im so happy we can enjoy these great artists on you tube and with such quality sound.
Zareon X
Loan Wolf
this song is so full of the truth its not even funny lol i love it
Derrick Adams
Thank you for such a great upload. I love referencing this song...mostly to myself. Reminds me to take care of the old body and check my ego when pride starts whispering in my ear to do dumb things.
"like chickletts down a street in San Anton..."   LOL
Written by Shel Silverstein
Roger Regor
Hot dingy dang! Great old c/w song! There were several like this in the mid 70s before the wussy heifer boys took over with the ball-less Vegas style songs.
The Spectre
A great song! With age comes a degree of wisdom, and foolishness goes out of the window. I guess that makes me the winner!
Sometimes we live through life's lessons and sometimes we don't. It's a "snappy tune" whether we learn by the mistakes of others or have to learn by our own. Bobby Bare - a very talented man indeed. Thank you Mr. Bare.
"That woman gets uglier and she get meaner every day" very funny.
Dennis Baker
This is one of my favourite songs....I think Bobby Bare is fabulous
Paul Brown
great song.
pure genius ! but I got her boy ! she gets meaner and uglier every day . and that makes me a winner . HA HA !
Ronald Burgess
A woman cleaned me out and drove me crazy. She's dead. I ain't. That makes me the winner!
Cherylgirl Bergbauer
Love me some Bobby Bear ♥
I've always enjoyed this. Thanks so much for posting!
Thomas Pedersen
I love songs that are lessons. That Shel Silverstein was something
Tracy Humes
Brett McCool
Tiger Man McCOOL, sounds like someone I know, I'm a WINNER
Bill Widner
Good story song.
Always takes me back to a bar in Lompoc California in 1980, great song.
Joe Jr west ham United
thanks so much for this video is would never of heard it 👍👍
mary w
Still love this song.
Jack Law
WOWSER! Outstanding! The city-fied cuntry singers today don't have any songs like this.
Bill Widner
Your the Winner!
dixie cat
i spent a month in that bar one nite
Jackie Richardson
Sure glad to see this song here, been wanting to have my grandkids and greatgrandkids  hear this . Words are so perfect.  Hey Randy Burgess you out there.
Rob Larson
Love the Shel Silverstein songs!
Robert Holmes
I think every young man should listen to this song.. there's only two things worth fighting for, your family and your country! nothing else matters!!!
one of my faves
Mike Hanner
Poetry with a great message.
Special Skills
i actually know someone with a glass eye. looks real as hell. blue!
jo luttringer
This song -by Bobby Bare- is always welcome . Thanks for upload. From France : Jo Luttringer.
Samandrosa jones
Love that song !!!
martha guthrie
Great song and singer!!
Keith Kimmey Sr
Tommysmommy Cerio
I might lose if I sneeze haha
That's a fun song  ;D
Shiann Collins
I'm 13 and I love older country than the ones they play now my top five country singers :1 .Bobby bare 2.dolly patron 3 . Johnny cash 4. Ray Charles 5.Marty Robbins
Jon Cole
200 people are not winners!
Apollon Abaddon
"Now there have been nights and there have been fights when most folks thought I was dead / Shot cut and kicked and stumblin' downtown with a clawhammer stuck in my head / Some have called me a drunk and a madman and a thoroughly unjustified sinner... but with this hook that I've got for a hand, I can still prove a winner."
Thomas Pedersen
Best guitar player ever!
Thomas Pedersen
I have always loved the lead guitar. I was introduce to this artist back in 1980 by some sick Navy second class signalman who used to hock his wrist watch for six bucks so that we could go to the base "package store" and buy a fifth of bourbon, a fifth of vodka and a couple of packs of Winston's and Camel Filters each. (Because I eighteen and he was twenty six and knew what bourbon was) We would drive out to a place called Deep Creek. It was the closest open country we could get to, for escape from the depressing gray drudgery of the naval shipyard. He taught me to drink bourbon when that's all he'd buy. And that's when he played Down and Dirty by Bobby Bare. I'd love to see how he's doing, I sure hope that old dog is still alive but I doubt it.
Great bar song!
Byron Schwartz
I'll always love this song. man.
martha guthrie
Great song and singer!!
Herman Rosielle
this is one of Silverstein s best but is it 1976 ?? thought earlier 
Oh so profound!
richard carpenter
I must be a champion lol
Rick Smith
Okay..................... you win.
Great song. Amazing song writer!
Quay Smith
i walk up so bad dudes to one fide said it this way
A good one.
Timothy Cochrane
I loved this song in I think it was '79 or 80 always chased it on AM radio.
Henry Whitchurch
Among the very best favorites of mine.
Susan Colson Morson
Robert PINO
r u really
how many time have you drank to much and had to be carried home and poured into bed, but you woke up in the morning, so I guess that you were a winner.
Carolyn Spencer
This song is for guys & dolls!! Lucky for me I confort people on foot, right now on ice, so I usually fall down on my butt before they become THE WINNER!!
Susan Colson Morson
Marie Laveau....u can play my dad in we movie. See Bob Dylan young my dad. He was 39....In 1979.. yah. Bye +Bobby Colson
antonio pastore
Gigante tra i grandi !! Stupenda ballata, tra le sue più belle assieme a Tequila ! Che peccato che l'Italia, non la prendono in considerazione !! Dobiamo morire con Pupo,Jovannotti e compagni? che tristezza !!!     Antonio Cesare Pastore
virgendeguadalupe virgen
a drunks song.
One of Bobby's best.
Larry Frasure
Bobby and others are missed real C and W singer miss his music.
A real man only fights when it's worth it.
I believe Shel Silversteen wrote this..
ethan romero
Who doesn't like Bobby bare!!! Get outta here with your thumbs down.
Louise Mayo
good song
Simon Burridge
This song is pure genius, like so many of Shel's songs. It is not a drunks song in my opinion, it is a song about being prepared to take the knocks and pay the price to be a winner. Superb lyrics and Bobby can tell the story. Will always be a big fan. 
Love this tune. This is fun country music, storytelling at its best. Just can't find the heart and soul of these songs of the past anymore, everything seems so, manufactured.
barry shelton
luv Bobby!
Chantell Denham
So true about so many of us
gotta play this for my grandson who likes to fight
roger woody
I am 70 years old and I still remember my last fight. I was in the Jack Daniels bar in Lincoln Park Michigan. He came at me with a broken beer bottle, screaming and swinging. When they pulled me off he had a broken jaw, a broken nose,,missing four teeth and four broken ribs not to to forget the broken shoulder. My hand would not open and I could barely seen. I had just one cut across my belly just above my belt, about eight inches long and just bleeding slightly. I was one of the six bounders that summer night in 1984, he was the winner. I STILL HAVE NIGHTMARES ABOUT THAT FIGHT , THIRTY THREE YEARS LATER.
Marlin Bontrager
Mario Garcia
after the war, I went through a rough phase. thank goodness I quit the hard stuff.
sarah hayes
I 💛💙💜💚❤💗💌💘💞💖💕💓this song! 😚😘😗😙😍✌🍻🍸🍷🍹🍺🎵🎶🎶🎵
This is awesome. Love it!!!
Martin Stiastny
Great story ! A long time favorite of mine
Brent E.
i don't care what they say gosh dernit. i damn well am the winner dammit!
Hey you wouldnt happen have to have Bobby Bare - All The Good Times Are Past And Gone would you? Noone at all has this song on you tube.
I'm so glad to have spent time with my Gma recording records to cd's, she introduced me to this song - She smiles (laughs) when I expressed an "LOL" to this song. Silly me, to think Gma doesn't know what I'm making faces.. about.... Gma made the same faces, long ago, memories, never mind,... I'm a stupid, silly woman....
Wayne Brock
Neil Ladd
Better ways to spend your time. No winners here.
Joshua Brooks
One of country's greatest story songs.
The MEASTRO Shel Silverstein :)
My friend told me this was my song. Man, was he right. There's only one type of person left who would fight me; the type that doesn't know me. Yeah the damage hurts, and yeah the motions have a new line of action, but you still better bring some friends. To all the fighters that it takes a group to beat, here's a beer salute and a clap on the back. When your reputation is enough to bring the fucking punks, it's better to just drink at home.
thank yuo. my dad loved this song
are these the real words, or censored? where's the paper bag part?
TM Rezzek
Hilarious song with a great, droll delivery by Bobby Bare!
spencer vance
i like his grand ole opry version better
In case no one noticed, Tiger still managed to win in this scenario.
Dennis Smith
I dedicate this to everybody that ever whipped my ass
Dennis Smith
I dedicate this to evereybody that ever whipped my ass
Skittles VonHelvete
greatest song ever
hells yes sir. big cheers to you.
I can still clearly remember sitting in a bar in Lompoc California in 1978 singing along to this song, along with "up against the wall redneck mother". Can't imagine times like that again.