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Musical Monday (2022/11/14) – Bliss

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Being autistic, I’m unlikely to venture into places where this song usually heard. Pubs and loud people are a form of torture for me. Bliss has become something of an iconic cult song in Aotearoa – our unofficial national drinking song. Performed by the Kiwi band Th’ Dudes, it’s kind of ironic as it was written as a satirical comment about the many drunken audiences they played to while performing on the Sydney pub circuit in Australia. Any evening when large quantities of alcohol is consumed in this nation, you can guarantee the song will the night’s anthem.

Originally this song originally referred to piss, which is slang for alcohol, especially beer, but their recording company balked at its use, hence the word piss being replaced by bliss, including as the title. The music video was recorded in a well known Wellington watering hole – The Cricketer’s Arms. The song was released in May 1980 and climbed to a ranking of 25 on the New Zealand Music Charts. It has since been voted 50th best New Zealand song of the 20th century.

While I’ll never be able to participate in rendering this song in alcohol induced revelry, I find it somewhat liberating when I hear it played at a moderate volume level. Enjoy.

Bliss – Th’ Dudes (1980)
Bliss

Yah ya ya ya ya
Ya ya ya ya
Yah ya ya ya ya
Ya ya ya ya

Drink yourself more bliss
Forget about the last one
Get yourself another
Drink yourself more bliss
Forget about the last one
Get yourself another

Drink yourself more bliss
Have a stiff one all night
Everything is alright
Try and reach the bar
Coppers took the car
Offers from the sidewalk

Drink yourself more bliss
Forget about the last one
Get yourself another
Drink yourself more bliss
Forget about the last one
Get yourself another

Yah ya ya ya ya
Ya ya ya ya
Yah ya ya ya ya
Ya ya ya ya

Think I'm at full speed
Get it up the Coogee
Hello Sailor cruising
Buy some Spanish shoes
Think I need a refill
Get it at the Cross

Drink yourself more bliss
Forget about the last one
Get yourself another
Drink yourself more bliss
Forget about the last one
Get yourself another

Drink yourself more bliss
Forget about the last one
Get yourself another
Drink yourself more bliss
Forget about the last one
Get yourself another

Drink yourself more bliss
Forget about the last one
Get yourself another
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Author: Barry

A post war baby boomer from Aotearoa New Zealand who has lived with migraines for as long as I can remember and discovered I am autistic at the age of sixty. I blog because in real life I'm somewhat backwards about coming forward with my opinions.

5 thoughts on “Musical Monday (2022/11/14) – Bliss

  1. That’s a fun song – great energy!!

    I’ll drink enough for both of us!

  2. Actually Barry, I have been to many a piss up and someone will grab a guitar, (often a Maori fella) and “Ten Guitars” would be the favorite sing along for drunks that was written by the pomie guy Engelbert Humperdinck. Maybe times have changed.

    • You must have lived a sheltered life while in Godzone 🙂

      • ha ha, no I have of course heard the Dudes and the song Bliss but many liked a sing along session at a party and none is better than a strummed guitar and Ten Guitars raising the roof while downing a quart bottle of Lion Red 🙂

        • At least Lion Red is preferable to Redband which seemed to be the brew of choice of those I knew in the 60s and 70s.

          I’m simply not comfortable in crowds, and avoid them as far as possible. For me, 10 people I know really well (family or close friends) is a crowd, or 5 people I don’t know well is a crowd, no matter whether it’s Ten Guitars or Bliss.

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