Country’s Best Drinking Songs, No. 13: Tracy Byrd, ‘Ten Rounds of Jose Cuervo’
Cheers-worthy lines: "After nine rounds with Jose Cuervo / They were counting me out and I was about to give in / Then after ten rounds with Jose Cuervo / I lost count and started counting again."
Tracy Byrd's third single from his record Ten Rounds was released in April 2002 and after one spin of "Ten Rounds of Jose Cuervo," fans loved it -- and probably craved a little tequila too.
The song chronicles a man who's on a mission to drown his ex-lover's memory. So he went to the bar and got to drinking a round of Jose Cuervo. Well, after one round, he's feeling pretty good and after two rounds, he's tapping his feet. Round three led him to the dance floor and you can just imagine what happens after rounds four through 10.
After each round, the narrator states what he did -- and his antics get crazier and crazier. "Well, around five or round six / I forgot what I came to forget / After round seven or was it eight / I bought a round for the whole dang place!" he sings.
Finally, he hits the 10th round and can't really remember anything (can you blame him?) so he begins the rounds all over again. "Ten Rounds of Jose Cuervo" is like a modern (and much less annoying) take on "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall."
It became Byrd's second No. 1 on the US country chart and was also a minor crossover hit; it peaked at No. 26 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.