Tennessee Whiskey

by Chris Stapleton

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Lyrics for Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton:

Verse 1
Used to spend my nights out in a barroom
Liquor was the only love I'd known
But you rescued me from reachin' for the bottom
And brought me back from bein' too far gone

Chorus
You're as smooth as Tennessee whiskey
You're as sweet as strawberry wine
You're as warm as a glass of brandy
And honey, I stay stoned on your love all the time

Verse 2
I've looked for love in all the same old places
Found the bottom of a bottle's always dry
But when you poured out your heart, I didn't waste it
'Cause there's nothin' like your love to get me high

Chorus
And you're as smooth as Tennessee whiskey
You're as sweet as strawberry wine
You're as warm as a glass of brandy
And honey, I stay stoned on your love all the time

Guitar Solo

Chorus
You're as smooth as Tennessee whiskey
You're as sweet as strawberry wine
You're as warm as a glass of brandy
And honey, I stay stoned on your love all the time

Outro
You're as smooth as Tennessee whiskey
Tennessee whiskey, Tennessee whiskey
You're as smooth as Tennessee whiskey
Tennessee whiskey, Tennessee whiskey

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Song Facts

Kentucky songwriter Chris Stapleton’s breakout solo hit is a bluesy ballad about the intoxicating power of love. The song reached #1 on Billboard’s Country Songs chart after Stapleton performed it as a duet with Justin Timberlake at the 2015 CMA Awards.

Ironically (given Stapleton’s notoriety as a songwriter), ”Tennessee Whiskey” is a cover of a country classic—it was a minor hit for David Allan Coe in 1981, and a major hit for George Jones in 1983.

Many have also noted the updated arrangement’s resemblance to Etta James' 1968 R&B classic “I’d Rather Go Blind” (a song Beyoncé covered in the 2008 movie Cadillac Records).

Stapleton recalled the cover’s genesis in an interview with Fader:

It’s always been a favorite song of mine. We had a show in Charlottesville, and we were sound checking, waiting around for the mics to get set up. Me and the guys in the band started playing a little bit and got into that groove, so I started thinking, “Man, what song could I sing over top of this?“ For whatever reason, I started singing “Tennessee Whiskey.”

At the time, we had a steel player by the name of Steve Hinson who used to play with George Jones on the road—maybe that was part of the equation. But we decided to do the song that night and every night since. By the time we got into the studio, it was something we all enjoyed playing. It’s a part of the fabric of things that influenced me over the years.

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