There are plenty of drinking songs one learns (or hears strains of) while growing up—the pub sing-along, the frat boy lawn parties, the guy in the back of a squad car filmed singing the entire five minutes and twenty-five seconds of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, word for word and broadcasted for the world to admire on YouTube.
But there are plenty of others—in genres that are both typical and surprising. I culled through song after song (slogged in some cases), filtering and compiling a list of tunes I felt worthy of bringing to your attention. Some have videos, some are simply song, but all may be worthy of a dram for companionship—some may necessitate more than one.
Whiskey In The Jar (three very different versions)
Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar) – The Doors (A fine mix of German opera and circus. But you decide for yourself.)
One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer – John Lee Hooker, 1966 (Blues of the deep south. This one needs something smoky.)
Whiskey River – Willie Nelson, LIVE 1974 (You’re gonna need to dance in the kitchen for this one.)
Whiskey – Brant Croucher (Pretty good if you’re throwing a barn dance.)
John Barleycorn – Traffic 1968 (Good for those reminding themselves of the year they lived in a traveling van.)
Whiskey Lullabye —Brad Paisley (Warning: this one is for those wishing to cry in their beer with a whisky chaser.)
Take Your Whiskey Home –Van Halen (I wish the whole song was just like the first 45 seconds.)
Wasted Whiskey – Rodney Atkins (words to live by)
Whiskey or God – Dale Watson (old school country)
Tennessee Whiskey – George Jones (Even older. Historic. Antique. Cobwebbed and archived.)
Streams of Whiskey – The Pogues Love these guys.
Well Whiskey – Bright Eyes (American Indie rock)
Rye Whiskey – Punch Brothers (Progressive bluegrass. Oh, yeah.)
Sue Jack Daniels – Reverend Horton Heat (Texas-based psychobilly trio. I swear I didn’t make that tagline up. That’s how they describe themselves.)
The Whisky Song — John Paterson (Scottish drinking music video.) A lDon’t forget to check out what I blethered on about this week on the main post page (<strong><a href=”http://peakperspective.com/2012/09/30/sleepblogging/”>here</a></strong>) and find out what’s cookin’ in the scullery too (<strong><a href=”http://peakperspective.com/the-scullery/chickpea-crepes-with-tomato-chevre-corn-avocado/”>here</a></strong>)!ovely audio version here. A fine fiddle.
Although this one suggests it’s a song taught at secondary schools, its name might raise a few eyebrows if parents were to discover it on the program at the school sing along. Farewell to Whisky. (click here)
The Scottsman — Bryan Bowers (I saved the best for last)