Pan​-​Galactic Gargle Blaster

from Sci Fi Drinking Songs by Marc Gunn



Year ago, I heard a song written about the "Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster" from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It was poorly written with bad rhythm. I thought such a feat could never be done. That's what I told my Gunn Runners. Matt Hughes responded with the first verse of the song. So I sat down and wrote a chorus. We cleaned up both and kept writing. Soon Floyd and Sarah Brigdon, big fans of the Hitchhiker's series sent me some a verse too.

Matt sent me a guitar and vocal part that were the perfect addition to the groovy rhythm I started. A song was born.


The Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster
t’s the drink I never could master
It’s like having your brains smashed out by a lemon,
Wrapped ’round a gold brick
The Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster
Just one look I’m off the wagon faster
It’s like a mugging, a beating, a kick in the head
I’m broke and I wish I were dead.

I’ve hitchhiked intergalactic super highways
The bypass, back roads, all along the byways
At every stop, at every bar
The Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster hits me like a car
I’ve had porters, stouts, ales and lagers
Rum, Coke Whiskey and lots of Jager
I’ve had 42 different kinds of wine
But there’s only one drink to unhinge my mind

It’s got that Ol’ Janx Spirit juice from a bottle
Pour into one measure of Santraginus seawater
I’d make another gallon if I could remember how it went
But the last time I drank it, I lost 3 months rent
The whales, the dolphins, the mices, too,
They all know about this brew.
The Vogon warn about it in their verse
But, of the two, I’m not sure which is worse.

So all you hitchhikers take my advice
Don’t drink it once, don’t drink it twice
If you drink it at all, drink it very carefully
Tho if you drink it all, you’ll die quite cheerfully!


from Sci Fi Drinking Songs, released September 18, 2014
lyrics by Matt Hughes, Floyd Brigdon, Marc Gunn
music by Marc Gunn




Marc Gunn Atlanta, Georgia

Marc Gunn is a rhythm and folk musician inspired by Celtic culture, science fiction, fantasy, and cats--Sci F'Irish music.

He breathes new life into the autoharp, which continues to surprise musical veterans and fans alike for its unique sound and spirited energy. It’s like a satirical jam session between The Clancy Brothers and Weird Al Yankovic.
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