Bar Fight 

Song: Bar Fight 

Album: Hell Rooster 

Written by: JonEmery Dodds 

Music Arranged by: JonEmery, Dan Sisson, Mike Bacon Jr & Chris Amaral 

Players: JonEmery: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Dan Sisson: Electric Guitars, Mike Bacon Jr: Bass, Chris Amaral: Drums 

Engineered by: Mike Bacon Jr. 

Mixed & Mastered by: Mike Bacon Jr. 

The Story Behind The Song : Bar Fight 

“Bar Fight” was inspired by a real event that went down at the only bar in town of Olivehurst, Ca… Grumpy’s Tavern. Olivehurst is one of a cluster of tiny towns on the outskirts of Marysville & Yuba City.  Linda, Ca. Is another.  What makes Linda stand out, it has Beale Air Force base, but not much of a bar to speak of. Grumpy’s Tavern was spacious & clean. They hosted bands and karaoke, plus had the best jukebox around. If you didn’t want to go to “the city” (Yuba), you went to Grumpy’s. 

I didn’t go there often, but the night “Bar Fight” was conceived, was a crazy one. I walked in around 9. Ordered a beer and started playing the jukebox. The night was just getting started. As it was approaching 10, It felt that people were coming in about as fast as the minutes were going by.  At some point, a group of young Air Force members, apparently just back from deployment, arrived.  They started off a bit rowdy and loud but, harmless. As the shots started flowing, the banter became louder. There was a small group intensely arguing, there was another small group hitting on all the girls, and a third group that were having the type of fun that gets old and out of hand quickly.  As the intense arguing began to hit a fever pitch, and the girls that were being hit on, were accepting every drink bought for them, I made my way to the back patio for a cigarette and some space. The  wild boys followed shortly, whooping and hollering, hammered drunk. One guy thought is was a good idea to snort cigarette ash of the dirty table.  At that point, I realized there was no “real” escape, so I made my way back inside only to walk into a heated crowd. 

Apparently, the group hitting on the girls were in each other’s face because there was some confusion of which girl would be going home with which guy. The arguers, whom were more buzzed than drunk, tried to diffuse the situation, which only heightened it.  Words and threats were exchanged, liquid courage turned to bravado and pride, then, before you know it, it was like those bar fight scenes you see in westerns. 

Dudes starting punching each other, girls were screaming, and the wild boys came barging in, for no other reason than to throw fists.  The bar tenders duck behind the bar calling the cops and the bystanders find the furthest piece of wall to lean on, if they couldn’t find shelter. 

When the cops show up, about two thirds of the bar is either arrested or sent home.  The rest of us were slack jawed.  The tornado of chaos was surreal. From start to finish, it was all over well before midnight.  Due to fear of the cops picking us off one by one for DUIs, and the fact that whatever buzz the lot of had 5 minutes earlier was lost, the remaining patrons bellied back up to the bar to sober up from what we had just witnessed.  I order a beer, grab a napkin and ask for a pen and write the first lines of the song … 

There’s gonna be a bar fight 

And it’s gonna be all night 

Fast forward to September 2015, My birthday show at Kenny’s Bar & Grill in Woodland, Ca. JE&DCD are on stage and some dude walks in and orders a handful of Coronas then, starts chucking them at people inside the bar.  Dumbfounded, I announced “Hey! There’s no fighting in here!” over the PA. It didn’t stop the stocky farmhands and regulars from beating the living hell out of the guy. As they drug the perpetrator outside to finish the job, and before the cops arrived, we played the soundtrack to the situation … “Bar Fight”. 

After the cops had come and gone. One of the farmhands came up to us, with a mix his and the other guy’s blood soaked into his cotton white t-shirt. I can only guess how he successfully hid from the cops. He wanted to let us know, he REALLY liked that song we played, thought it was funny, and wanted to buy a CD after he “cleaned up a bit”. 

Happy Birthday 

Video link 

https://youtu.be/NON5GeI0y6I 

“Bar Fight” 

There’s gonna be a bar fight 

It’s gonna be all night 

It’s gonna be fist-a-cuffs, blood and mud 

Broken bottles and a sucker punch 

There’s gonna be a bar fight 

It’s gonna be all night 

Good Lord there’s gonna be a bar fight tonight. 

 

There’s gonna be a quarrel 

Over a stupid girl 

There’s gonna be a drug deal going bad 

There’s gonna be two drunks 

Who just got it in em 

And that’s why there’s chicken wire up for the band. 

 

There’s gonna be a bar fight 

It’s gonna be all night 

It’s gonna be fist-a-cuffs, blood and mud 

Broken bottles and a sucker punch 

There’s gonna be a bar fight 

It’s gonna be all night 

Good Lord there’s gonna be a bar fight tonight 

 

There’s gonna be a tangle 

Between Cain and Able 

Two brothers who just can’t seem to get along. 

There’s gonna be a cat fight 

Over a senseless man 

Who knocked them both up and done them both wrong. 

 

There’s gonna be a bar fight 

It’s gonna be all night 

It’s gonna be fist-a-cuffs, blood and mud 

Broken bottles and a sucker punch 

There’s gonna be a bar fight 

It’s gonna be all night 

Good Lord there’s gonna be a bar fight tonight 

 

There’s gonna be a tramp 

Showing off her stamp 

And if that kind of trouble wasn’t enough 

There’s gonna be a big stud, full of bravado 

Who’s gonna have a chicken hawk backing him up. 

 

There’s gonna be a bar fight 

It’s gonna be all night 

It’s gonna be fist-a-cuffs, blood and mud 

Broken bottles and a sucker punch 

There’s gonna be a bar fight 

It’s gonna be all night 

Good Lord there’s gonna be a bar fight tonight 

 

Thanks for reading and listening. Thanks to Steve Burgess of Burgie’s for the request.

#GetBehindTheMusic

Leave a comment