Ol' No. 7 (Whiskey From Tennessee)

(Brian Hendrix)

This is my baby. I post this reluctantly. Though nonetheless I'll post it. Long story short: I ran into an old buddy whose wife had left him years ago. He's still around, but a shell of himself and drunk. I woke up at 4a.m. one morning and jotted this down in notepad; it still gives me chills when I read it or sing it. It's a true country song. Though in the same vein as someone like Townes, take note of the verse-chorus hybrid structure, wherein the chorus starts via picking up tempo and vocalization after the second bar in each verse. It's about Jack Daniels, FYI.

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V1 Men whose wives have left 'em People whose jobs are gone Folks that like to party And everybody who's been cheated on That's who drinks all the whiskey from Tennessee That's who throws 'em back and toasts the glass And foolheartedly do believe That things will surely get better If they have just one more drink That's who drinks all the whiskey from Tennessee V2 People who've had a hard day Folks who have it rough The men down at the tavern And everyone when the going's tough That's who drinks all the whiskey from Tennessee That's who's takin' shots to loose the knots They're no different from you and me They just like the wave that carries Their worries away, it seems That's who drinks all the whiskey from Tennessee (Bridge) There's a lot that you can choose from All with a familiar burn If you need to forget a memory Or maybe it's just your turn That's who drinks all the whiskey from Tennessee V3 Folks who can't get over The people who can't get by They struggle in strife to make it Sometimes wanna just feel high That's who drinks all the whiskey from Tennessee When your lover's gone, need to feel real strong At least as strong as you can be Maybe you need to feel the music Maybe you need the courage to sing That's who drinks all the whiskey from Tennessee (Bridge) There might be hope there in a bottle Or you hope and pray it's so If you're a XXXXXX XXX XXXX XX XXX XXXX XXXXX XXX XXX XX XXXXXX XXX XXXXXX XXX XXX XXXXXXX XXXX XXXXXXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXX XXXXX XXX XXX XXXXXXX XXXX XXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX XXXXXX XX XXX XXXX XXXX XX XXX XXXXX XXXXXXX X XXXXX XXXXX XX XXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXX XXX XXXXXXXXXXX XXX XXXXXXXXX XXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXX XXX XXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXX XX X XXX XX XXXXXXX X XXXX XXXX XXXXX XXXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXXXXX XXXXX XXXX XXXXXXXX XX XXXXX XXXXXXX XX XXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXX XXX XXXXX XX XX XXXX X XXXXXX XXXXXX XX XXXXXX XXXXXXXX XXXX XX XXXXXXXXX XXX XX XXXXXXXXXXX XXXX XXXXXX XXX XXX X XXXX XX XXXX X XXXX XXX XXX XXXXXXXXX XXXX XXXX XXXXXXXXXXX XXXXX XXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXX XXX XXXXXXXX X XXXXX XXXX XXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXX XXXXXXX XXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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