Day 217: Sad Songs #SaySoMuch, Day VI / “Whiskey Lullaby” – Brad Paisley feat. Alison Krauss (2003/2004)

For me, the combination of the song’s dark subject matter – alcoholism, guilt, infidelity, and suicide – and simple, albeit ambiguous storyline, coupled with Krauss’ haunting vocals make this one of the most affecting (and quietly heartbreaking) duets in recent memory.

“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”

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