Listen to Mona Rigby’s Houseboat

It’s a true story, but it’s not my story. This song is pretty popular among people who like to drink, and among people who like to laugh and especially among people who like to laugh about how much they drink. It also apparently strikes a more poignant chord with a lot of recovering alcoholics.

Winfield cred: It was an alternate showcase selection for Walnut Valley Festival’s NewSong Showcase, 2011.

Bonus video: This video is from our 2007 performance at Cabaret Old Town, when we recorded The Incredible Adventures of Back Porch Buddha.


Mona Rigby’s Houseboat

© 2006 Bryan Masters

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D  A  G D  A G

     A              G     A
The last thing I remember
                       D
I was dancin' in the buff
                        G
But I really I don't remember
                      A
No I swear I don't remember
                      D
How I got up on the roof
                         G     A
So that prob'ly means tequila
                        D
And it prob'ly means I did some things
                         G
That I really can't be proud of
                       A
No I really won't be proud of
                          D
And you won't be proud of me

          G              A
And you know I get this way
       G                    A
And I know there's hell to pay
                  G
But you know me better
                  A
Than to think I'd ever
                      Bm
Change for sure
                    G
That's why I'm not welcome on
   A         G         A    D   A  G
Mona Rigby's houseboat anymore.

I think there was a stripper
I think her name was Desiree
I think she had a brother
Yeah I’m sure that was her brother
And he wanted me to play
A song that I could not remember
A stupid song called “You Again”
And I didn't want to play it
So I'm sure I didn't play it
Things got really ugly then
'cause I drank all his Bacardi
Had another drink or two or three
And I think there was a pony
Yeah some fool was on a pony
I think maybe it was me

Now some folks might stop and think
Not me -- I drink and drink and drink and drink
And drink and drink and drink
But you know me better
Than to think I'd ever
Change for sure
That's why I'm not welcome on
Mona Rigby's houseboat anymore.

 E
Last night's drunken history
     A             D
Remains a perfect mystery

But you know me better
Than to think I'd ever
Change for sure
That's why I'm not welcome on
Mona Rigby's houseboat anymore.

But that's another story
That’s a story for another day
And if I recall the details or
The big stuff or the details
I'll be certain to relate it
But the moral of this story
So simple even I can see
That I should be drinking water
Yeah I ought to switch to water
And you prob’ly would agree

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