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Best things: Favorite karaoke songs
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Rashanique Williams, Gina Bishop, Melinda Parsons and Shane Smith of Buffalo’s Southwest Café. - photo by Photo by Jen Alexander McCall

At Buffalo’s Southwest Café in Hinesville, it’s not just hot food and cold drinks being served to customers. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights — with the exception of the occasional Friday night live band, such as this week’s SouthBound appearance—the casual eatery’s clientele are treated to hometown stars who like to sing their hearts out to some interesting karaoke songs.
Karaoke nights always close with a round of “Closing Time” by Semisonic, delivered by karaoke master Mike Blanchard, but manager Shane Smith and his crew were nice enough to dish out the top five tunes their moonlighting diners can’t seem to sing often enough.

• “Sittin’ At A Bar” by Rehab
This catchy but somewhat colorful tune tells the story of a young man who just can’t seem to avoid trouble with the law, or his lady love. So while he waits for his “ride,” he decides to have a cold one or two.

• “I’m On A Boat” by The Lonely Island featuring T-Pain
A silly, ratings-restricted rap song, “I’m On A Boat” celebrates the joys of living the good life and gettin’ down on—surprise—a boat. If you can make it past the coarse language, you might find the lyrics just ridiculous enough to be amusing.

•  “Friends In Low Places” by Garth Brooks
This country favorite is less likely to offend delicate sensibilities, but it still celebrates the best of the nightlife, having some drinks with friends and toasting your old love to her new life — in your own special way.

• “Sex Is On Fire” by Kings of Leon
The title is titillating but the song is more subtle. The morphing intensity and passionate delivery make many an amateur pop star hop on the stage for a chance to belt this one.

• Anything by Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks’s quirky performances and personal life have induced some serious head-scratching, but onstage she’s a sight to behold and her haunting songs have captured many a soul. Who wouldn’t want to be on the Edge Of Seventeen for just one night?

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