1. Bad Whiskey
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Behind the Song

I wrote this when I was about twenty years old, and it pretty much stayed the same ever since. Addiction of any kind should be easily relatable these days, though I myself have been free of drugs and alcohol for 29 years.

I'd say this is mostly Ray Charles' influence. Around that time I spent an awful lot of time listening to Ray Charles: A Man and His Soul, a favorite album by the High Priest of Soul.

Bad Whiskey

Another fifth of liquor, alcohol over again
Soothe my great woe and sorrow
Pass me another bottle of gin
I say there ain’t nothin’ worse than that bad, bad whiskey
Just look at the shape I’m in

It’s been such a long time since I saw anything straight
Lord knows I can’t stop it,
It’s much too late
It’s that bad, bad bad whiskey
That’s got me feelin’ this way

Too many downfalls on my face
Seems there’s no way out now
I can’t be saved
Can’t be saved from that bad, bad bad whiskey
It’s done dug me an early grave

© George S. Kelly 2015 , Ace Sleeve Music