"Whiskey Lullaby" as written by Jon Randall and Bill Anderson....
She put him out like the burnin' end of a midnight cigarette
She broke his heart, he spent his whole life tryin' to forget
We watched him drink his pain away a little at a time
But he never could get drunk enough to get her off his mind
Until the night

He put that bottle to his head and pulled the trigger
And finally drank away her memory
Life is short, but this time it was bigger
Than the strength he had to get up off his knees
We found him with his face down in the pillow
With a note that said, 'I'll love her till I die.'
And when we buried him beneath the willow
The angels sang a whiskey lullaby

The rumors flew but nobody knew how much she blamed herself
For years and years she tried to hide the whiskey on her breath
She finally drank her pain away a little at a time
But she never could get drunk enough to get him off her mind
Until the night

She put that bottle to her head and pulled the trigger
And finally drank away his memory
Life is short, but this time it was bigger
Than the strength she had to get up off her knees
We found her with her face down in the pillow
Clinging to his picture for dear life
We laid her next to him beneath the willow
While the angels sang a whiskey lullaby


Lyrics submitted by Steven Esquire

"Whiskey Lullaby" as written by Jon Randall, Bill Anderson

Lyrics © Chrysalis One Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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    redshiftdazzleron August 10, 2012   Link
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    General Commenti'm not much of a country fan...but when i heard this song it was so beautiful. it has a lot of meaning behind it...
    Nothing To Loseon June 19, 2004   Link
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    Song Meaningjudging by the video and the song:
    It's about a couple. The husband goes to war. A few months or maybe years has past that he finally gets to come home and start a family. Upon arriving he hears her laugh and is very happy to finally see the woman he married. He goes up the stairs and see's her with another man in their bed.

    This breaks his heart so he goes out and drinks to try and erase any memory of his wife. Unfortunately, no matter how much he drinks, her image is still in his head.

    So he got alcohol poisoning and died from it (no where in the video was there EVER a gun shot or a gun in sight.)

    My understanding of "He put that bottle to his head and pulled the trigger" is that he drank so much that the final drink was what "triggered" his death. As in he raised the bottle, took a gulp (or a sip) and that was the "trigger."

    For you punks calling the woman a slut: the song was sang in such way that no matter how bad the betrayal was, he still loved her. And because of that, he drank away his life. But if you just LISTEN to the music, you will understand his pain.

    Now in my opinion, what that woman did was not only heartless but it was selfish. While he went out to serve his country, protect the land in which his wife lives in, as a free country, she go ahead and does what she did. To me? that is a sign of WEAKNESS and i am honestly ashamed of it. As a woman at least. She didn't really love her husband as how she "vowed" she would or else she wouldn't have done what she did. Yes, i understand it must be hard that you never hear from your loved one, or the fact that all of a sudden they stop writing you letters or whatnot, but i also understand that he is not away on vacation, he was away FIGHTING a war that requires 110% of his attention in order to come back home and start his life. I shouldn't be talking since i never experienced that but i can pretty much say that i have seen enough to know how hard it must be.

    My husband wanted to join the marines and just the thought that i will never see him everyday like how it was, devastated me. I cried and told him not to leave me (yeah yeah, call me selfish for loving him so much) But i couldn't bare the thought of not seeing him often, or worse, getting a letter or a car drive up to my house telling me my husband is not in this world, not part of my world anymore....

    And for those women who stayed faithful to their men and waited for them to serve their country, I salute you and your hubbies <3
    Sunnygirl305on July 30, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI love this song!! but its so sad
    jm4himon July 01, 2004   Link
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    General Commentagreed, i'm not a big country fan but this is a great song.
    Redlighton October 03, 2004   Link
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    General Commentya, i normally really dont like country, but this song's just great!
    sleepingxinon October 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI'm not usually a fan of Brad Paisley, but this song is awesome. I totally cried the first time I heard it.
    I wax poeticon October 12, 2004   Link
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    General Commentsuch a sad song. obvious meaning...but a tragic story. beautiful song.
    moon in mourningon October 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIve never been a big country fan, but like the rest I love this song. The first time I heard it was at an arts camp I go to, this girl was singing it for something. I love it.
    erasedpoetryon October 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIve never been a big country fan, but like the rest I love this song. The first time I heard it was at an arts camp I go to, this girl was singing it for something. I love it.
    erasedpoetryon October 14, 2004   Link

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