ZZ Top - Balinese Lyrics




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.





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  1. Wendy Hanna

    I was there

  2. kmanick

    too good :)

  3. e. a. noe henry

    at a tender age of twelve i recieved this l.p. from none other than....you guessed it , the famed " columbia record club" for but a penny with bad co. running with the pack . therefore , contractually obligating myself for a life of service and the annual purchase of at least three l.p.' z from this fine record club ...at a slightly adjusted rate of $ 3674 and seventeen cents per record ...
    which may sound a bit high . . . however i waz bound into a deal that only reached into the year of 2160 which if im not wrong aint to far off ....i can see the light of the tunnel , peace ,davis

  4. Matthew Rogers

    SO DAZED AND CONFUSED AAAAAGGGGGGHH!!!😈😈😈😈 SLATWR WAS ME THEN AND NOW IM SO DUCKIN WASTED....... WOODWARRRRRD, BERENSTINE!!!SMOKED...... OR LIQUID LUNCH WHAT TIMES UR PARTY TONITE MAN 9:30 I GOT A COOZE BUY.....A LIL BUSINESS IF U KNOW WAT IM TALKIN ABOUT.....THATS WHAT UR TALKIN ABOUT MAN.........

  5. Michael Brodie

    I remember Ruby with a rag wrapped around her head.. I like how Billy & Dusty trade off vocals.

  6. star fox

    i was just there in G town saw the old enteance to the room all thats left really. galveston history and all of us Texans know the story. not even the boys from the state could touch the balinese. Texas is still outlaw country

  7. Manny from Atascadero

    Canya crankit uppa little?...there ya go...

  8. Lancer X

    Fandango was One of My Earliest Buys and Remains One of the BEST !! They are at their Best LIVE !! LEGENDS !!

  9. star fox

    hes talking about the old spot on a pier in galveston the waters may suck thanks bp but that island is the dopest spot in the lone star state

  10. mountain 66 hot wheels

    remember to eat a green thing everyday . well see u tomorrow.

  11. Marty Hurr

    Awesome

  12. William Baker

    One of the bands finest offerings, very tight.

  13. metallicbaldwin

    "I hope you brought your woodscrews Benny, cause I'm gonna blow your doors off!"

  14. Steve Dugger

    Check you later man!

  15. Arlen Burgin

    I believe this song is about Galveston

  16. Minus Mufflers

    Balinese Club in Houston.

  17. longhorn2615

    Sing it Dusty!

  18. m. saint

    I love Frank's drumming on this cut! It is just sooo fucking good and on point!

  19. John Tarpley

    The Balinese Room was a Galveston legend. We saw ZZ live in '76 at the Balinese and married in '77. Three kids and six grandkids later, we still remember where it all started.

  20. Jay Kester

    i was in the army when this album came out and its just as good now

  21. Ana Igus

    Is it "Balinese" Indonesia?

  22. Jack Forbes

    Dusty is a hell of a singer, I am not taking anything away from Billy, not at all. I just never understood why Dusty isn't featured on more ZZ songs than he is.

  23. m. saint

    Frank played some killer drums on this number.

  24. Lisa Broody

    GOOD OLD DAYS and nights!

  25. Shifty__

    Fuck punk when you have this

  26. Mark Uzee

    Galveston, Texas.Extended Pier Nightclub.Lot of drinking and gambling going on.😊

  27. longhorn2615

    RIP Balinese 9/13/08

  28. Elrond Hubbard

    So, if you don't know (my cousin just told me, I didn't know), The Balinese was a 'speak easy' at the end of a pier in Galveston, Texas starting during or pre Great Depression (closed in 58' I think it was I read two days ago). Drinking, cards, etc. Anyway, she also just told me A: there's a ZZ Top song about it (liked it) B: her 'cousin's inlaw blah blah somebody' won a house in River Oaks (one of if not the most expensive/exclusive neighborhood in Houston (or whatever)) in a card game there in the 1940s or 50s. That person lived there "many years". Wow. Anyway, just thought i'd add my color. P.S. I had never been a big Top fan until sometime in the 90s when I worked in downtown Houston and I got a free ticket to see them at some small club downtown (theater district (near library)?). Wow! They played a bunch of 'old stuff' (I think) and it was just simply stupendous. Anyone have any idea when or where exactly this might have been? This was definitely less than 100 maybe 200 or so max capacity club (again, I think). Any thoughts/ideas appreciated.

  29. Bluetop Guitar

    My high school days. Great tunes from ZZ Top

  30. james bell

    This would probably be one of their hardest to replicate authentic to the studio cut.

  31. Jolan Cecil

    That Little Ol' Band from Texas!!! The LEGENDARY ZZ TOP!!!!

  32. St. O'Ned

    This the stuff NOT TAUGHT here in Tejas!!
    #txsTRIPLEthreat

  33. Scott Moore

    One of their finest!!!

  34. Michael Brown

    ahhh the original mix too,,,,superb!

  35. Steve Carter

    Check ya later

  36. Steve Carter

    I don't remember this song in 76/77. I had to wait 25 yrs to hear it in a movie

  37. Wm Best

    Great album, reminding me of my 8 track collection in the 70s!

    _ dave

    reminds me of my open reels machines! rock begins at 65 brother!

  38. mark paez

    Yeah Baby, grew up surfing that joint. One of the best surfing spots on the island!

  39. Richard Smith

    My band got to play there 4 weeks before IKE sent it to Sea! Killer tune and killer place!

  40. kelly cameron

    Laporte Texas. HWY. 146

  41. hogfanbk70

    We used to crank this at Matagorda Beach, about 80 miles south of Galveston.

  42. Your Fabulous Happy Mann

    Galveston, Tejas....

  43. Randy Porterfield

    If this song doesn't make your toe tap to the beat, there is something definitely wrong. It will get you in trouble while driving if you get into it too much. Hammer down! This song brings back good memories and is one of my all time favorites. This is MUSIC!!

  44. Douglas Doudican

    It's a G-Town thang GYSOT😎🎼✌️

  45. TravlingNow

    47 people need to give up Neo-McCarthyism.

  46. Jeannie Bost

    killer tune Check out the rock creek experience version

  47. Quentin Carroll

    "And coach, I may play ball. But I will NEVER sign this"

  48. RedRoo13

    This song proves that a good rhythm guitar with a good chord progression, played very well, can carry a song. No shedding here and none needed.

  49. Ronnie James Devo

    You said...someone's tokin' some reefer.

    Justin Myslive

    It was just an observation. Someone smelling some pot

    VideoGame Polak

    @Justin Myslive well who are you sir issac fricking newton?

  50. marc dewey

    This is an underrated song,should be on their greatest hits album.

  51. Douglas Doudican

    Used to be a rockin place down in G-Town😎❤️🇨🇱✌️

    Arlen Burgin

    Galveston?

  52. Anti Law

    Good tune! I crank it loud in my truck on way to work. My brothers had this album when I was young back then. I didn't care, I was into kiss. Now as guitar player, I love this stuff!!

  53. Travis Hill

    It's a shame that rock and roll is gone :-( THESE BOYS COULD ROCK !! :-)!

  54. Larry Johnson

    my God this is one three piece force to be reckoned with!!! those boys from Texas sure can jam!

  55. Brian Mcdowell

    Every Knowooowos.....It Was Down At The Balinese!!!!Yeah...........

  56. Dylan Webster

    "Check ya later"

  57. Dylan Webster

    "Are you cool man"?

    Robert Morganti

    Dylan Webster like how?

  58. Darrell Somers

    The little band from Texas

  59. Moondog

    This is groovy man.

  60. Demetrius Dillard

    "Dazed and Confused" brought me here!

  61. smartacus88

    Nobody has uploaded Balinese by ZZ Top on YouTube yet.

    Shit... be a lot cooler if they did.

  62. Yamahog

    The wife and I were watching Dazed and Confused a couple of nights ago when I heard this song...it has to be 40 years since I heard this. This song gets absolutely no air time. I even saw ZZ Top in concert and they did not play this. This is a great song and deserving of air time.

  63. Brian Roark

    Best three man band ever period! I don't remember Ruby but I remember this on 8track player in my old man's Nova.... damn I guess I'm telling how fucking old I am. \m/

  64. RJAH80

    Underrated ZZ Top song...

    webster brandau

    A million classic rock songs dont get played all the time, they must play their same old 5 songs from each group , smh

    m. saint

    A virtually unknown gem. If this truly bad assed, kick-ass record could've had a little radio time it would've shot to the charts summit so fast ZZ TOP woulda got a speeding ticket. Even today, if the band were younger and put this bad mfr out there on the airwaves and bandwidths, they'd cause a ruckus that would scare the shit outta the present top rock bands.

    Dark Passenger

    One of my all time favourites

    Dark Passenger

    It's only underrated to novice zz fans. This is one of their classics actually.

    Andrew Jackson

    @webster brandau classic rock radio blows ass like old MTV ... still better than new MTV, but ...

  65. Pharaoh 0303

    There talking about Ruby Starr

    Steve McDowell

    You are crazy. Ruby Starr sang with Black oak Arkansas

  66. Jorma Nisula

    Yes good

  67. J. Mardis

    The kid slipped and his his head on every beam. Autopsy said the kid had 2 beers, how many you had?

    Jon Smith

    6 and counting!!!

  68. chris medders

    Party at tha moon tower...full kegs, everybody's gonna be there, u could come...awwwriggght

  69. Kelly Jackson

    Sounds like KISS

  70. Jeneane Supak

    Aunt Ruby!!

  71. ckelley63

    I came here tonight to do two things kickass and drink beer and looks like were outa beer!

    bluesrocker79

    "Dazed and Confused".

  72. m. saint

    Man, what a tight band they were, and boy Billy could fuck a guitar like it had a pussy on it. One of the best bands ever did it!

  73. wildwill1980

    ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT

  74. Lorenzo Nez

    Super love oldies of ZZ TOP never get old it just gets better and better

  75. David Barnich

    Sweet jam ...

  76. Lino Arispe

    Texas's best rock n roll band.

    RedRoo13

    At the end of the 1970's, the "one" year they elected to take off work, turned into "three". The music scene (demographic of who was actually buying music), had changed and so ZZ changed with it and endeared themselves to a whole new set of fans, via MTV. Great marketing on Mr. Gibbons part. But I still think their best music was the early, raw, Texas blues-rock sound that made them famous, in the first place.

    _ dave

    RedRoo13 lotta fans had joined the military. i bought this at the zukeran mcas “hobby shop” on okinawa...

  77. Smoke Bury

    God all these ol' great ZZ songs~memories~

  78. Dillon Cullin-Crews

    Now this is the way kick ass rock n roll supposed sound!

  79. Alan Delgado

    MUY LOCOS AT THE BALINESE!

  80. Chad Baker

    I only came here to do two things, man.

    Cledus Snow

    It was just an observation.

    Gamer Vibes

    Drink some beer and kick some ass looks like we are almost out of beer

  81. Justlooking

    grew up to this L.P....

  82. Ken Wolf

    Billy's tone unmistakable.

  83. 123TauruZ321

    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.

  84. Bando Surfer fpv

    I caught my first wave surfing next to the Balinese pier ❤️🏄

    Arlen Burgin

    In Galveston?

  85. Ricgard Smith

    king tone, rev bg

  86. Somee Dude

    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.

  87. Char Beaudoin

    sorry my question mark isnt working

  88. Char Beaudoin

    are you cool man

  89. Logan Gale

    check ya latuurr

  90. Logan Gale

    L- I- V- I- N

  91. 5dennisk

    Oh So Good Yall.!!!!!!!!

  92. Galactus G

    Oh shit look it's the cops!

    Emma

    lol he really wanted that beer

  93. Michael Van Damme

    Imagine all the people out there that are fuckin' right now, Just goin' at it !

  94. Mazatzin Ionesco

    Mexico!

  95. Indie Ingenuity

    The Kingpins of Cactus Crunch!

  96. gawzrocks

    Dazed & Confused.

  97. Randy Hogue

    All gone now

  98. Antonio Dias

    just great great!!!!

  99. barbara stiltner

    Martha Washington was a hip,hip,hip lady.  She had bowls or weed when he came home for him

    Stephen Ables

    ALIENS MAN