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Whiskey Lullaby

by

Brad Paisley



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A duet with Alison Krauss, this song is about a man and a woman who were married; he went to war and when he came back she was with another man. He kills himself, drinking himself to death, leaving a note to say that he still loves her. In the next verse the woman is mourning his loss. She thinks it's her fault and kills herself as well, drinking herself to death, holding his picture. (thanks, Melissa - Edmonton, Canada)
This acoustic ballad was the 2005 CMA Song of the Year.
Alison Krauss also played the viola on the track.
The song was written by Bill Anderson and Jon Randall and was inspired by a difficult time that Randall was going through including a divorce from country star Lorrie Morgan. Anderson told AOL's The Boot the story behind the song: "Jon Randall and I wrote the song together. Jon was going through some pretty rough times back then. He had gotten a divorce and lost his writing deal and his record deal all within just a day or two of each other. And he went over to a friend's house and crashed for a couple of weeks. When he decided to sober up and come back and join the living again, he apologized to his friend. He said, 'Man, I'm sorry for the way I've acted the last couple of weeks.' And his friend said to him, 'That's alright Jon, I've put the bottle to my head and pulled the trigger a few times in my life.' So when Jon came to the writing session, that was fresh on his mind. I went to the writing session with the idea to write a song called, 'Midnight Cigarette.' Basically that turned out to be the first line of 'Whiskey Lullaby': 'She put him out like the burnin' end of a midnight cigarette.' That was what I wanted to write the whole song about. Jon loved that line so we wrote it down and then he said, "Here's a line here: 'He put that bottle to his head and pulled the trigger.'" I said, 'Well, let's forget about the 'Midnight Cigarette.' Man, you've got the perfect idea for the song there.' And it just kind of flowed [from] there."
Paisley talked about the song in 2013 with Entertainment Weekly: "It's an angelic, ghostly bluegrass ballad, really a tragedy, and I think when I get to heaven, if the angels don't sound like Alison Krauss, we have been cheated.

What's interesting is it was never expected to be a single. And it's a good example of how I was slowly able to expand by comfort zone, like getting away with 'I'm Gonna Miss Her' and 'Celebrity' - songs that were just not what you would have expected from the guy that did Who Needs Pictures."
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Comments (14):

This is one of the best videos I've probably ever seen in my life. This song is so sad, but so good. True talent by both:)
- Megan, Stevenson, AL
In the original version of this song right after it came out it said, "I put the barrel to my head and pulled the trigger"
- Jared, Palmer, KS
I don't really care for Country all that much but this song rips your heart out for real. Damn good song..
- Adam, Boyce, VA
This song is so tragic.
- Dylan, Dodge City, KS
You know I heard this song when it first came out and it was just another song to me, then my fiancé left me and it's not just a song anymore. I understand what it is to live a constant nightmare from which you can't wake up. I can't forget and I don't think I ever will. This will be the story of my life.
- Christopher, Rome, GA
it's always nice to listen to songs that tell stories, and esp stories this sad... it makes you feel grateful for being strong but at the same time for the ones who have to live life this way and worse... die this way! I had tears in my eyes when i first listened to it... just like the time i heard the promise by tracy chapman.
- radio valley, Thimphu, Bhutan
The story of my life. I'm still trying. And I still miss her.
- Will, Memphis, TN
This song fits me well. After my girlfriend left me, I started drinking. It got wors and worse until I tried to kill myself.... twice. Obviously, that made her feel horrible, and that just made me worse. I don't know what to do now.
- Garrett, Spokane, WA
this song is great. the music video is good to. it's so sad but it was the womans fault. because she cheated on the dude, the woman and the dude are dead. suicide being their fate. the message it sends out really makes you think twice about cheating and women are not the only ones who cheat. guys do it to.
- Rachel, Cleveland, AL
Written By John Randall / Bill Anderson

Jon Randall has a haunting version (My Personal Favourite) on his Album "Walking Among The Living"
Just Acoustic & Strings with one of the most perfect vocals ever dedicated to record
- Paul, Ireland, Ireland
I love this song... it so sad and so well written. I love the story behind it.
- Lele, Little Elm , TX
This song took my heart last year and it still has it I love it!!
- Sandy, Warsaw, IN
I sing this every day. My cousin drunk himself to death. R.I.P.
- Erin, Pittsburgh, PA
This song took my heart when my mom frst had me liten to it...
- justin, keller, TX
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