Jim Ed Brown performs “Pop A Top” Live On Grand Ole Opry.

The first hit version was released by Jim Ed Brown. The song was a number 3 Billboard country single for Brown in late 1967.

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Pop A Top:

Cover LP Jim Ed Brown ( RCA Victor 1969 )
Cover LP Jim Ed Brown ( RCA Victor 1969 )

Is a country song written and originally recorded by Nat Stuckey in 1966. The first hit version was released by Jim Ed Brown in May 1967 as the third and final single from his album Just Jim. The song was a number 3 Billboard country single for Brown in late 1967.

It was later revived by Alan Jackson as the lead-off single from his 1999 album Under the Influence. Jackson’s version peaked at number 6 on the United States Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart, and number 2 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart.

The narrator, a bar patron, asks the tender to open another bottle of beer for him, and then he’ll go. He commences to tell the bartender about his grief because his girl left him, and either he’ll hide it with beer, or he’ll be at home remembering heɾ.
The sound of a metal “pop-top” can being opened was a novelty, and that is a significant factor in the creating of this song. The metallic click and hiss sound of opening this type of container is featured several times in the song.

Single Alan Jackson 1999
Single Alan Jackson 1999

Some Versions:

Nat Stuckey July 4, 1966
Jim Edward Brown March 1967
Hank Thompson 1969
Slim Dusty April 1970
Conway Twitty March 12, 1974
Stacy Dean Campbell July 1995
Alan Jackson October 26, 1999
Heartbeat 2011
Chris Shiflett and The Dead Peasants

Jim Ed Brown – Pop A Top Lyrics

Pop a top again
I’ve just got time for one more round
Set ’em up my friend
Then I’ll be gone and you can let some other fool sit down

I’d like for you to listen to
A joke I heard today
From a woman who said she was through
And calmly walked away

I tried to smile and did awhile
But it felt so out of place
Did you ever hear of a clown with teardrops
Streaming down his face

Pop a top again
I think, I’ll have another round
Another one my friend
Then I’ll be gone and you can let some other fool sit down

All to me is misery
And here I’m wasting time
‘Cause a row of fools on a row of stools
Is not what’s on my mind

But then you see her leaving me
Is not what I prefer
So it’s either here, a drinking beer
Or home remembering her

Pop a top again
I think, I’ll have another round
Another one my friend
Then I’ll be gone and you can let some other fool sit down

Single Jim Ed Brown ( RCA Victor 1967 )
Single Jim Ed Brown ( RCA Victor 1967 )