"Life By The Drop" as written by Doyle Bramhally and Barbara Logan....
Hello there my old friend
Not so long ago it was till the end
We played outside in the pourin' rain
On our way up the road we started over again

You're livin' out dreams of you on top
My mind is achin' oh lord it won't stop
That's how it happened livin' life by the drop

Up and down that road in our worn out shoes
Talkin' 'bout good things and singin' the blues
You went your way and I stayed behind
We both knew it was just a matter or time

You're livin' out dreams of you on top
My mind is achin' oh lord it won't stop
That's how it happened life by the drop

No waste of time we're allowed today
Churnin' up the past, there's no easier way
Times been between us, a means to an end
God its good to be here walkin' together my friend

Livin' our dreams
My mind stopped achin'
That's how it happened livin' life by the drop
That's how it happened livin' life by the drop
That's how it happened livin' life by the drop

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"Life by the Drop" as written by Doyle Bramhall Barbara Logan


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    General CommentAll of your interpretations are interesting except there's just one problem. SRV didn't write it. It was written by Doyle Bramhall, a drummer from Austin, TX.
    danielfon January 23, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis was Stevie's homage so to speak to being able to kick drinking and drugs and finally coming to realize how much there is to live for and how easily addiction can bring you down, or on the other hand how you can take control and live life strong. Great song. Strangely as talented as he was he was nervous about playing acoustic because he never thought he had a great voice for acoustic. As awesome a guitar player as was ever born, Stevie also had to have had one of the best voices ever for blues rock, totally underated as a singer
    skaboochyon February 11, 2005   Link
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    General Comment'Tis about drinking partially, but I "Life by the Drop" I believe also acts as a metaphor for living life to it's fullest.
    Hoobyon April 15, 2003   Link
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    My InterpretationLots of good thoughts on this song. When I first listened to it I was a heavy drinker. I have been sober for awhile now, I still dig the Blues and SRV (funny I didn't think I could unless I had a drink in my hand). My thoughts on this song have evolved over time and I am glad to have the chance to bounce them off of other SRV fans.
    I think it's addiction thats talking to the person. Of course the person is the writer, SRV and the listener. Keep in mind that addiction is like being two people and if you take this song line by line and look at it as though SRV is listening to, feeling and being that "old friend" you may see what i'm trying to get across. For me, I can see the path one takes fighting addictions, it's always there waiting to welcome you back. Facing this process with courage and hope allows you and I to live life by the drop.
    I could go on, but I fear I will only clutter the thoughts I am trying to provoke in you.
    Halcyon1on November 19, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationThe Blues are about loss, struggle, and defeat. This IS a song about the struggle with addiction. I've read the above posted opinions and have concluded that most of you feel these lyrics are a reflective view of a past/current struggle (the singer, his alter ego, alcohol, etc) and the eventual overcoming of that addiction... or, at least, learning to live with that daily battle. What hasn't been emphasized here is that he FAILS! He absolutely fails. He imples he returns to his "old friend" ...walking together again. Listen to SRV sing this song again and pay careful attention to the last few lines "Livin' our dream...." and "My mind stopped achin'..." and you will see this song in a clearer light... and will feel it, I believe, as it was intended. That is what makes this song truely great. It's not a victory. It's a sad, sad defeat. That's why we sing the Blues. SRV forever.
    LivinDaBlueson September 16, 2009   Link
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    Song Meaningper Yep Roc Records Artist Bio: (yeproc.com/…)

    "Growing up in Dallas, his Chessmen opened for Jimi Hendrix in 1968, when Doyle was still in his teens. Moving to Austin with the band's guitarist, Jimmie Vaughan, the two formed Storm, which Bramhall eventually left to form the Nightcrawlers-this time with Vaughan's little brother, Stevie Ray. "

    So, so much for not knowing SRV.
    Come on, he knew SRV for a while before Nightcrawlers was even discussed.

    also according to Yep Roc Records...
    "Another song, written while Stevie Ray was still alive, reflecting on their lives together, is "Life By the Drop,"which appeared posthumously on Stevie's Sky Is Crying album, as well as Fitchburg Street. It was penned by Doyle and his wife, Barbara Logan."

    Songs, poetry, books and all art in general have many meanings to many people.
    Just because you think a work of art means something different from somebody else doesn't invalidate your thoughts or the thoughts of others.
    Art is interpreted.
    Although the intention of the artist is important, it isn't all emcompassing or even the most important point. Perhaps, the artist produced a piece of art that they aren't even aware of all the implications.
    Perhaps, consciously the artist was creating art about one thing, but subconsciously the artist was also creating art about another thing or things.

    So what I'm saying is, even if you could get Boyle to talk about the song and give you all the details about what the song means to him, it's irrelevant.
    It's not about what the song means to him, except on a biographical, matter-of-fact level.
    It's about what it means to you.

    Just as stupid, is to debate "Lucy in the sky with diamonds" or "A horse with no name".
    It doesn't matter what the subject may be to the writer or the performers, it's what it means to you.
    It makes no difference that "Cuddly Toy", performed by the Monkees, is rumored to be about a Hell's Angels gang rape. If that's what it's really about, so what!? What does it mean to you?

    And if I may add, I personally think it is those pieces of art that are controversial and that appear to be hard to pin down and cause people to have many and varied views as to what the art represents, is what makes these pieces of art so good. The art piece strikes a chord in people, but it's not the same chord.

    timcflaon July 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcool song... why isn't anyone making comments??
    BleedAmericanon July 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentperfect blues coffee house song ... haha
    BleedAmericanon July 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA song about his drinking...i think....
    skitzochick420on July 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commentstevie ray is the KING of texas blues.
    Emberlyon January 22, 2005   Link

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