Whiskey Lullaby

By: Brad Paisley

Lyrics

She put him out like the burnin' end of a midnight cigarette

She broke his heart, he spent his whole life tryin' to forget

We watched him drink his pain away a little at a time

But he never could get drunk enough to get her off his mind

Until' the night

He put that bottle to his head and pulled the trigger

And finally drank away her memory

Life is short but this time it was bigger

Than the strength he had to get up off his knees

We found him with his face down in the pillow

With a note that said, "I'll love her till I die"

And when we buried him beneath the willow

The Angels sang a whiskey lullaby

La la la la la la la, la la la la la la laa

La la la la la la la, la la la la la la laa

The rumors flew but nobody knew how much she blamed herself

For years and years, she tried to hide the whiskey on her breath

She finally drank her pain away a little at a time

But she never could get drunk enough to get him off her mind

Until' the night

She put that bottle to her head and pulled the trigger

And finally drank away his memory

Life is short but this time it was bigger

Than the strength she had to get up off her knees

We found her with her face down in the pillow

Clinging to his picture for dear life

We laid her next to him beneath the willow

While the Angels sang a whiskey lullaby


La la la la la la la, la la la la la la laa

La la la la la la la, la la la la la la laa

La la la la la la la, la la la la la la laa

La la la la la la la, la la la la la la laa




Song Meaning

This song is about a man and a woman who were married. The man went off to war, but when he came back home he found her cheating on him with another man. He tries to forget her by drinking but can't, so he drinks himself to death. When they found dead he was holding a note that said, "I'll love her till I die." She knew that it was her fault that he killed himself and also drank herself to death. When they found her dead she was holding a picture of him. They buried them next to each other beneath a tree.

Whiskey Lullaby-Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss with Lyrics!

Poetic Devices

1.) "La la la la la la la, la la la la la la laa" - Repetition

  • 2.) "She put him out like the burin' end of a midnight cigarette" - Simile

3.) "He put that bottle to his head and pulled the trigger" - Metaphor

4.) "He spent his whole life tryin' to forget" - Hyperbole

5.) "Life is short but this time it was bigger than the strength he had to get up off his knees" - Metaphor