Honky tonk

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Honky tonk is a genre of country music.


  • The honk-a-tonk last night was well attended by ball heads, bachelors and leading citizens.
  • It was moaned by resonant moaners in honky tonks of the southwest.
  • "This place ain't no damn honkatonk, stranger," reproved the bar-tender... "Folks get throwed outa here sometimes."
    • C. E. Mulford, Deputy Sheriff, 1930
  • Its master whose anonymous dust lay with that of his blood and of the progenitors of saxophone players in Harlem honky-tonks.
  • Honky-tonks, restaurants and whore-houses.
  • These honkey-tonks ran wide open twenty-four hours a day... Their attendance was some of the lowest caliber women in the world and their intake was the revenue from the little, pitiful gambling games they operated.
  • I didn't know God made honky tonk angels
    I might have known you'd never make a wife
    You gave up the only one that ever loved you
    and went back to the wild side of life
    • Hank Thompson, "The Wild Side of Life"
  • It wasn't God who made honky tonk angels
    As you said in the words of your song
    Too many times married men think they're still single
    That has caused many a good girl to go wrong
    • Answer song to Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side of Life"
    • Kitty Wells, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" (written by J. D. Miller)
  • I met a gin soaked, bar-room queen in Memphis,
    She tried to take me upstairs for a ride.
    She had to heave me right across her shoulder
    'Cause I just can't seem to drink you off my mind.
    It's the honky tonk women
    Gimme, gimme, gimme the honky tonk blues.

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