What does Whiskey Lullaby mean?

Brad Paisley: Whiskey Lullaby Meaning

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Whiskey Lullaby 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


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jun 21st 2012 !⃝

    A story of a war hero returning home who is ready to start his life with the woman he left behind, who he thinks, has waited for him to return home. He discovers that she has been sleeping with other men having lost faith that he would return home. Devastated, the young man turns to alcohol to rid him of her memory. Sadly, it never worked. He wrote a letter, had his final drink, and eventually passed out face down in his pillow. Sadly the young man died in that same position holding the note. The young woman, who realizes her mistake the same instant her husband walks in on her and another man, chases after him trying to find him. The years pass, and she deeply blames herself for his death. The pain is too much for her to handle and she tries to drink away his memory. Before her last drink sh grabs a picture of the young man and she passes out in her bed face down in her pillow. Sadly she dies the same way the young man did. They were both buried beneath a willow tree where they fell in love under where, even after death, her regret and his forgiveness allows their love to grow and last forever...


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    May 27th 2011 !⃝

    this song talks about she broke his heart and he tryed to forget about about her by drinking. eventually he died and later on she blames her self for his death and drinks to forget about it but she also dies. sad story hopefully it never happend to anyone.


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    Feb 27th 2012 !⃝

    A beautiful haunting song about love.Couple breaks up and he can't drown his thoughts of her except with whiskey.He dies drunkenly hopelessly in love with her.She blames herself for it and tries the same cure of quieting his memory to the same fate.The angels sing the words of their love at their graves in honor of the beauty and purity of what could have been between them.A totally hopelessly romantic imagery woven in the words.Sung perfectly and the video was an exquisite background for the lyrics.Love love this song even if it is so sad.

  4. Anonymousxxx
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    Jul 21st 2021 !⃝

    This is easy. Look at the mans uniform. The blue badge at the top is an infantry mans badge. He was a fighter and all he thought about the whole time over there was coming back to a woman he thought was waiting for him.

    My National Guard unit was made to stay in the sand box for 16 months before coming home (those of us that made it back). Two of us came back to cheating wives. We also found out our jobs were eliminated. We now drink beer and Everclear to kill the pain of all of the above. We only trust each other. The song is a true representation of real life.

  5. anonymous
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    Jan 5th 2021 !⃝

    I thing the Girl betrayed with The Boy's real True love.. She should be punished in hell.. After doing that She realised.. But its too late to apologise! If even The God Himself forgive the girl, But The Boy shouldn’t forgive her!

  6. anonymous
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    Sep 30th 2019 !⃝

    He trusted his girlfriend and soon as he walked into the main door, he knew she will run and meet him. He even made his way to their bedroom only to see her with another man in the bed enjoying each other. He can't believe what he saw so he ran away. He tried to get rid of the memory by choosing alcohol, but it worsens the situation as he ends up dead shooting himself. The girlfriend blames herself for his death and eventually, she died the same way. They meet in another world happily. Love is real and emotion is real.

  7. anonymous
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    Jan 26th 2018 !⃝

    Was the song they did was it about Keith Whitley.

  8. anonymous
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    Nov 20th 2017 !⃝

    One of my favorite all time songs. I believe it's about love, mistakes and pride. A story that shows how pride and unforgiviness can keep you from true love. The story may have not ended the way it did... if he had been able to forgive. It took death to bring them back together. Pride.. and unforgivness steals so much. Forgiveness heals all.

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  9. anonymous
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    Apr 6th 2017 !⃝

    I believe it is about a serviceman coming back from operations to catch his wife/girlfriend in bed with someone else so he turns to drink and when that doesn't work he shoots himself hence the line he put the bottle to his head and pulled the trigger ( bottle being a gun) I can relate to this as I have been in a similar situation after I came back from Afghanistan and caught my wife in bed with one of my colleagues

  10. anonymous
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    Jan 9th 2017 !⃝

    This song is about a guy who loved his girl very much but she broke up with him. He couldn't handle his broken heart so he began to drink and eventually died. Then the girl felt guilty for all the pain that was caused and she also began to drink until she died. They were both buried beneath a willow tree which obviously had some sentiment to their relationship.

  11. snowbunny11
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    Mar 29th 2012 !⃝

    Its about a great relationship ended by stupidity. Its taking the depression and absorbing it in and drinking to forget the pain. The drinking only makes it worse because you cant get them out your mind. And soon you feel as if you should end it instead of trying to go through life without them in your life, and if theyre not there it doesnt matter.

  12. anonymous
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    Feb 6th 2012 !⃝

    I think this song is about a girl and a boy who loved each other but the girl stupidly ended their relationship. The guy couldn't live not being with her and he could't bear her memory so he drank till he died holding her to his heart.
    The same with the girl that blamed herself for all the pain they had to suffer and drank untill she died.
    I love the part "She/he put that bottle to her/his head and pulled the trigger"
    It's so dramatic.

  13. anonymous
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    Nov 17th 2011 !⃝

    love, belive, trust, regret & death ! all this words makes this song so much serious!

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  14. Alan Johnston
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    Oct 4th 2011 !⃝

    its about some one who was hurt by a women and tryed to drink huis memmory of her away but no matter how much he drank he never could and eventually died from it she found out and was so ridden with guilt she did the same and she died. it is a sad story a very sad story but it had happened to a mate of mine one time he drank so much he was hit by a car wen he was drunk and died the girl who hurt him had died from a fall wen she was drunk they are to this day barried in the same spot together and i hope they are happy now together in heaven

  15. anonymous
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    Jun 10th 2011 !⃝

    This song is about how, while he was at war his girlfriend felt as if he was never coming home (Didnt have faith in him), so she started sleeping with another man and when he walked in the room to find him there in his bed with his girl, he lost it. He tried to drink her away, but it would never work permenently. So the more he got drunk the longer it would take for him to forget, and since he had been an alcoholic for a long time it took him A LOT of beer (or hard liquor). So as soon as he he the bottle of liquor to his mouth and took his last drink, he OD (over dosed), and with nobody living in his house with him at the time he ended up dying cause he never got to the hospital in time.

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