Balinese

Album: Fandango (1975)
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  • Deep in the South of Texas
    Not so long ago,
    There on a crowded island
    In the Gulf of Mexico

    It didn't take too much money,
    Man, but it sure was nice.
    You could dance all night if you felt all right,
    Drinking whiskey and throwing dice.

    And everybody knows
    It was hard to leave.
    And everybody knows
    It was down at the Balinese.

    Yeah, I remember Ruby,
    She always dressed in red
    Wearing skintight pants, Lord, and how she could dance
    With a rag wrapped around her head.

    And everybody knows
    It was hard to leave.
    And everybody knows
    It was down at the Balinese.

    And everybody knows
    It was hard to leave.
    And everybody knows
    It was down at the Balinese,
    It was down at the Balinese,
    It was down at the Balinese. Writer/s: BILLY GIBBONS, DUSTY HILL, FRANK BEARD
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management
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Comments: 8

  • Bubba Barnett from Deep In The Heart Of TexasThe Balinese Room was at the end of the Galveston pier. Hurricane Carla wiped it out in 1961. The pier is still there but reduced in length. Previous to hurricane carla the balinese had entertainment and gambling and illegal liquor sales. It was well known but about once a year the sheriff raided the place. Since the pier was a quarter mile long there was a buzzer at the entrance that alerted staff and patrons that a bust was coming so all of the gambling machines and tables and well as liquor were hidden by the time the sheriff showed up. The song is a true story
  • Gregory Paul L I L E S from CorpusI'm from Houston easy top is number one
  • James from Boston,mass.Kick ass rocker, vocal by Dusty about a nightclub in Galveston, Texas I think.
  • AnonymousAnd a chance for Dusty to do a lead vocal!
  • Boats from Va.beachIts just a great kick ass song!
  • Dane from Green Cove Springs Fla., FlYou can hear this song in the movie"Dazed & Confused" in the moon tower scene.
  • Stan from Houston, TxJust to let everyone know, the Balinese was totally destroyed by Hurricane Ike on Saturday 9/12/08 along with many other buildings in Galveston
  • Bill from St. Paul, MnIn the late 70's and early 80's, I played in a couple of bands that played a wide variety of rock tunes. Two of these bands only played one ZZ Top song, and interestingly enough, both bands played this song. A great early ZZ Top tune that packs quite a punch. Go for the original vinyl mix - not the 90's remix verion with the drums cranked up (IMHO, virtually unlistenable).
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