"Well Whiskey" as written by and Oberst....
I get my whiskey from a well, except on holidays
Then it's the top shelf
But tonight I don't mind if I spend a little more
Cause you're a tolerant woman and the world is at war

I know you witnessed my decline
You used to push back the darkness like a floodlight
But tonight that's a secret, like the soul of a whore
That if you want to have fun you'll just have to ignore

Now I let my troubles solve themselves
I used to get involved, but I'm just no help
But tonight let's pretend that we're just like we were
Let me stay until the morning, I will sleep on the floor

We can talk in circles, no dollar figures
Just what is owed or paid. We can make predictions
I know you see the future and I agree
We agree, tonight's not happening

When I got dry as a desert, I got mean
I was lonely and empty as a canteen
With no anesthetic you're found to be sore
But tonight I am drinking, all peaceful and warm

And just when I got fed up with the grey sky
The sun came out of nowhere like a bar fight
And it knocked out the wind and it bruised me with light
and I felt grateful for living like I feel tonight

Well, I know you feel safer in a group
Where you could be anyone or they could be you
But tonight, we'll take risks that you can afford
You still have bars on your windows and a hole in your doo

We can talk in circles around the dirty mirrors
Night trickles down our throats
And we can make a time line to last our whole lives
But we don't know, no one knows
What's further up the road
Just wait and see
All in time


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    General CommentIt's a lament of a relationship he used to have, where everything was great, and she helped him through tough times("You used to push back the darkness like a floodlight") But she left, and now he feels deserted and wants that relationship back, but all he has is his drinking to numb the pain(Saying he doesn't mind to spend more on whiskey these days, because he needs it more) He tries to ignore the problem, but realizes unless he confronts her about it he'll always be depressed and he just wants to be near her, and have her love, but not in a sexual way(he even says he'll sleep on the floor). yet according to her preditctions in the lyrics("You see the future and I agree. We've agreed, tonight's not happening.") that he can't have her back in his current state

    Then he tries to stop drinking for either her sake, or for the sake of his own depression, but then realizes he can still drink and have a good time without her("With no anesthetic you're found to be sore. But tonight I'll be drinking all peaceful and warm")

    So then he gets out of his rut and makes one more attempt to mend the bridges between him and the girl. Saying that nobody knows what the future holds - thus canceling out her earlier prediction that they can't get back together. It's a very hopeful song, and he changes from his depressed state initially into a cheerful one at the end.

    Sorry that was long, but just for the fact there were no comments I felt obligated to do this song justice. And I'll hope you note the lyrics I mentioned are a little different than the ones posted above, but I copied mine straight out of the CD book. So the ones above may need amended.
    PeteSzebinon October 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti wish i had a well of whiskey. i really think that would make my life worth living.
    j.acobon November 11, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"We can talk in circles around the dirty mirrors that trickles down our throats"

    Seems like he liked to do blow with her
    yessireeon November 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthe correct lyrics in this part are:
    and just when I got fed up with that gray sky, the sun came out of nowhere like a bar fight. and it knocked out the wind and bruised me with light and I felt grateful for living like I feel tonight.

    it's my favorite line
    ookalaon November 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYessiree> Our throat?
    Bladmandon November 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyeah, that's what coke does...
    yessireeon December 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSigh there are several obvious mistakes i noticed just by listening to the songand reading the above lyrics, some have been mentiond, but i cant be bothered to point them all out, theres to many 5-6 i guess.
    Its an ok song, not 1 of my favorites. I dont drink, partly cause im to young, thought that dosent stop my friends, and partly cause i've chosen not to.
    Anyway to country for me, and i cant relate to it because ive never been in a state where ive had to rely on alchohol So yeah, i suppose this is a worthless comment, hope you enjoyed it.
    bright-realitieson December 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSigh there are several obvious mistakes i noticed just by listening to the songand reading the above lyrics, some have been mentiond, but i cant be bothered to point them all out, theres to many 5-6 i guess.
    Its an ok song, not 1 of my favorites. I dont drink, partly cause im to young, thought that dosent stop my friends, and partly cause i've chosen not to.
    Anyway to country for me, and i cant relate to it because ive never been in a state where ive had to rely on alchohol So yeah, i suppose this is a worthless comment, hope you enjoyed it.
    bright-realitieson December 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSigh there are several obvious mistakes i noticed just by listening to the songand reading the above lyrics, some have been mentiond, but i cant be bothered to point them all out, theres to many 5-6 i guess.
    Its an ok song, not 1 of my favorites. I dont drink, partly cause im to young, thought that dosent stop my friends, and partly cause i've chosen not to.
    Anyway to country for me, and i cant relate to it because ive never been in a state where ive had to rely on alchohol So yeah, i suppose this is a worthless comment, hope you enjoyed it.
    bright-realitieson December 05, 2004   Link
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    General Comment" "We can talk in circles around the dirty mirrors that trickles down our throats"

    Seems like he liked to do blow with her "

    HAHAHA. that made me laugh so hard for some reason. seems like it huh.
    thirdtragedyon December 07, 2004   Link

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