"Moonshiner (Traditional cover)" as written by and Jeffrey Scott/farrar Tweedy....
I've been a moonshiner
For seventeen long years
And I spent all my money
On whisky and beer
And I go to some hollow
And set up my still
If whisky don't kill me
Lord, I don't know what will

And I go to some barroom
To drink with my friends
Where the women they can't follow
To see what I spend
God bless them pretty women
I wish they was mine
With breath as sweet as
The dew on the vine

Let me eat when I'm hungry
Let me drink when I'm dry
Two dollars when I'm hard up
Religion when I die
The whole world is a bottle
And life is but a dram
When the bottle gets empty
Lord, it sure ain't worth a damn


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"Moonshiner" as written by Bob Dylan

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    General Commentself explanatory... great song
    Anodyneon January 24, 2005   Link
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    General Commenta simple, powerful song. What music is all about.
    seanmoc01on November 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthave yall heard chan marshall's cover? very different take, im at a loss to which i prefer.
    i think u ned to drink enough that its adversely affecting ur life before this song has power
    iyrnon August 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDid Bob Dylan write this, or is it "traditional'? Uncle Tupelo's version is amazing.
    I have commented on other drinking songs they've done. I think this is the most philosophical drinking song ever written.

    "The whole world is a bottle
    And life is but a dram
    When the bottle gets empty
    Lord, it sure ain't worth a damn."

    (And I don't even drink..........anymore.
    MamboManon January 11, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis song is originally a traditional irish folk song often played as a waltz (3/4 time). Dylan has "redone" quite a few traditional irish folk songs and they usually don't resemble the "traditional" versions very much when he is done.

    In the traditional version the song is more of a rowdy, pub song where the singer is proud of his moonshine and quite content with his drunken life-style.

    The version Uncle Tupelo does is based of the Dylan version so the lyrics and music don't really resemble the traditional version much at all. In fact, only the first verse and a line from the second is recognizable.

    That being said, I am a HUGE fan of Uncle Tupelo, Bob Dylan, and irish folk music. This particular version is my absolute favorite.
    dagleon April 12, 2012   Link
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    General Commentegad, i cud stab someone in the neck while hes blowin that harmonica
    iyrnon August 12, 2008   Link

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