Stevie Ray Vaughan - Life By The Drop - 1989

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Life By The Drop - 1989




The final track of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s 1991 posthumous compilation album The Sky is Crying, though it was originally recorded two years earlier in 1989. Written by Stevie’s friend Doyle Bramhall, “Life By The Drop” is a solo acoustic blues track about Bramhall’s friendship with SRV from Bramhall’s perspective, though it’s been alternately interpreted to be at least somewhat about Stevie’s struggles with drug and alcohol abuse. In other words, this makes the song a cover version of another song someone else wrote about him.


Regardless of what the exact meaning is, fans agree that “Life by the Drop” is one hell of an emotional sendoff from a talented man who left this world far too soon.



Lyrics


Hello there my old friend

Not so long ago it was till the end

We played outside in the pourin' rain

On our way up the road we started over again


You're livin' out dreams of you on top

My mind is achin' oh lord it won't stop

That's how it happened livin' life by the drop


Up and down that road in our worn out shoes

Talkin' 'bout good things and singin' the blues

You went your way and I stayed behind

We both knew it was just a matter or time


You're livin' out dreams of you on top

My mind is achin' oh lord it won't stop

That's how it happened life by the drop


No waste of time we're allowed today

Churnin' up the past, there's no easier way

Times been between us, a means to an end

God its good to be here walkin' together my friend


Livin' our dreams

My mind stopped achin'

That's how it happened livin' life by the drop

That's how it happened livin' life by the drop

That's how it happened livin' life by the drop



Songwriters: Barbara Logan / Doyle Bramhall

Life By the Drop lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Reservoir Media Management Inc




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