Ramblin' around this dirty old town
Singin' for nickels and dimes
Times getting rough I ain't got enough
To buy me a bottle of wine

Bottle of wine, fruit of the vine
When you gonna let me get sober
Leave me along, let me go home
I wann'a go back and start over

Little hotel, older than Hell
Cold and as dark as a mine
Blanket so thin, I lie there and grin
Buy me little bottle of wine

Bottle of wine, fruit of the vine
When you gonna let me get sober
Leave me along, let me go home
I wann'a go back and start over

Aches in my head, bugs in my bed
Pants so old that they shine
Out on the street, tell the people I meet
Won'ch buy me a bottle of wine

Bottle of wine, fruit of the vine
When you gonna let me get sober
Leave me along, let me go home
I wann'a go back and start over

Teacher must teach, and the preacher must preach
Miner must dig in the mine
I ride the rods, trusting in God
And hugging my bottle of wine

Bottle of wine, fruit of the vine
When you gonna let me get sober
Leave me along, let me go home
I wann'a go back and start over



Lyrics submitted by dmcyankees24

"The Bottle of Wine" as written by Tom Paxton Thomas R Paxton

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    Song MeaningI've loved this song for quite a while now, but I only realized recently what it means. The verses are still a bit ambiguous to me, but the chorus has a clear meaning...

    I think there's sort of an implied situation before what is said in the chorus. He's drinking wine (over dinner?) with someone he's known for a while - a close friend, family member, or former girlfriend, I'm really not sure - bust hasn't talked to in a long time. Whoever it is, they complain about the taste of the wine (the same kind they always drink). This is out of character for them, so he thinks to himself,
    "The bottle of wine was fine this time
    And I really don't think it's changed
    The bottle of wine was fine this time.
    But oh, how I think you've changed."
    He means that they've become completely different and sort of spoiled, forgetting their past together with him and sort of being happy they've moved on.
    dmcyankees24on February 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentLike it. Mildly reminds me of going home after being away for a while, hanging out with my friends, doing the same things that we always used to do, but being in completely different places in our lives.
    xmakesherflyxon December 07, 2010   Link

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