Just One More (song)
|"Just One More"|
|Single by George Jones|
|from the album 14 Top Country Favorites|
|B-side||"Gonna Come Get You"|
|Released||October 4, 1956|
|George Jones singles chronology|
"Just One More" is a 1956 country music song by American country artist George Jones. It was released as a single on Starday Records in 1956 reached #3 on the Billboard country singles chart. The song is often featured on his early compilation albums and was one of the most successful of his self-penned songs.
"Just One More" is one of the earliest examples of the "hard" drinking songs for which Jones would become famous. The song describes a lonely, self-pitying man who is drinking to forget his worries:
- Put the bottle on the table
- Let it stay there till' I'm not able
- To see her face in every place
- That I go
- I've been sitting here so long
- Just remembering that you are gone
- Well one more drink wine
- Then if your still on my mind
- One drink, then one more, and then another
Although he would adopt a more nuanced, quieter vocal approach in the next decade, Jones' performance on, "Just One More" displays his incredible vocal range and power and sounds very much like a composition his hero Hank Williams could have sung. The slow honky-tonk beat is accompanied by a fiddle and steel guitar throughout. Like Williams, Jones had already been tagged as a problem drinker very early on in his career. In the liner notes to the 1994 Mercury retrospective Cup of Loneliness: The Classic Mercury Years, Colin Escott quotes the singer from an interview with John Dew: "[In] the dives and honky tonks the drunks were always blowing foul breath in my face, and the smell of whiskey was enough to knock you down out if you hadn't had a few yourself. Drinking gives me courage. I'm easily depressed. I can feel it creeping up, and the best way to simmer down is with a drink."
|U.S. Billboard Hot C&W Sides||3|
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 179.