Yes, Colorado has been a lot less colorful since Lew Cady, one of this state's most creative characters, passed away on August 4. To give him a proper sendoff, family, friends and fans will gather in Central City tomorrow, raising a glass or two or ten in three of the bars in the town he loved so much: Dostal Alley (the locally owned brewpub), the Gold Coin (the oldest still-operating bar in Central) and the Teller House (where the Face on the Barroom Floor could well be yours). The toasting will commence at 2:02 p.m., and the afternoon will no doubt be a teary and beery time.
To get ready for the event, how about a round of Hank Williams Sr.'s "There's a Tear in My Beer"?
There's a tear in my beer 'Cause I'm cryin' for you, dear You are on my lonely mind
Into these last nine beers I have shed a million tears You are on my lonely mind
I'm gonna keep drinkin' Until I'm petrified And then maybe these tears Will leave my eyes
There's a tear in my beer 'Cause I'm crying' for you, dear You were on my lonely mind
Last night I walked the floor And the night before You were on my lonely mind
It seems my life is through And I'm so doggone blue You were on my lonely mind
I'm gonna keep drinkin' 'Till I can't move a toe And then maybe my heart Won't hurt me so
There's a tear in my beer 'Cause I'm cryin' for you, dear You were on my lonely mind
Lord, I've tried and I've tried But my tears, I can't hide You are on my lonely mind
All these blues that I've found Have really got me down You are on my lonely mind
I'm gonna keep drinkin' 'Till I can't even think 'Cause in the last week I ain't slept a wink
There's a tear in my beer 'Cause I'm crying for you dear You were on my lonely mind.
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