"Whiskey Bottle" as written by and Jeff Tweedy Jay Farrar....
Persuaded, paraded, inebriated, and down
Still aware of everything life carries on without
'Cause there's one too many faces with dollar sign smiles
Got to find the shortest path to the bar for a while

A long way from happiness
In a three hour away town
Whiskey bottle over Jesus
Not forever, just for now
Not forever, just for now

There's a trouble around, it's never far away
The same trouble's been around for a life and a day
I can't forget the sound, 'cause it's here to stay
The sound of people chasing money and money getting away

A long way from happiness
In a three hour away town
Whiskey bottle over Jesus
Not forever, just for now
Not forever, just for now

In between the dirt and disgust there must be


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"Whiskey Bottle" as written by Jeff Tweedy Jay Farrar

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    General CommentHOLY SHIT. ive the first person to post nething about uncle tupelo on ne of the songs. god well i better make this worth it. uncle tupelo is such a great band. i mean wilco is in it for god's sake. i love the mixing of country blues with alt rock. i love the line whisker bottle over jesus/not forever not forever/ just for now. your quintessential country blues rock song.
    hpw101on June 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentUncle Tupelo is a great band. You didn't mention Sonvolt... that's half of Tupelo.
    Anodyneon January 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOr 1/5th. Half the songwriting though.
    perfectlemuron February 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhat's funny about Song Meanings:

    the site seems abandoned. all the posts are from years and years ago. also:

    very few posts actually talk about the meaning of the song.

    this song, in my mind, is about how the band was pursued....it occurs to me that some people want to be musicians, and some people just ARE musicians...and when their art generates dollars, there is no shortage of people to exploit them...

    so Jay finds himself "Persuaded, paraded,"...in a dry town...many northerners and westerners don't know, but there are many southern towns and counties where you cannot buy liquor...but, like fireworks, as soon as you drive out, you'll find stores catering to drunkards almost over-enthusiastically..

    "In a three-hour-away town"

    "Liquor and guns, the sign says quite plain "


    one searches for salvation when they are lost and confused...."a long from happiness"....and there is peace available in "a three-hour-away-town"...salvation takes so much work, but the bottle is soooo easy, so i take the "whisky bottle over jesus"...and hope that it is "not forever, just for now".

    Uncle Tupelo is an amazing companion on my way down
    ogami1972on September 18, 2010   Link
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    General Commenton another note, many southern towns will not sell alcohol on Sunday, so it could easily be a 3 hour drive out of the dry counties to where the booze is. Sunday is obviously reserved for Christian worship services, hence the "whiskey bottle over Jesus" line.
    mgizmo2005on April 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe song is mostly about the loneliness, being away from home, and drowning your sorrows. I don't buy that dry counties or southern towns have anything to do with it.

    At least in part, the song refers to Columbia, MO. Two hours (Three by bus, I'm sure) from St Louis or KC, Uncle Tupelo played at the old Blue Note frequently. They were a widely popular band at the time in that town. The sign mentioned belonged to a store across from the Note called "Liquor, Guns and Ammo". Big yellow sign, nice black letters. That place has since shut down, but the sign is currently at Shakespeare's Pizza.



    DivBy0on June 06, 2011   Link

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