Moonshiner Lyrics - Bob Dylan

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I've been a moonshiner,
For seventeen long years,
I've spent all my money,
On whiskey and beer,
I go to some hollow,
And sit at my still
And if whiskey don't kill me,
Then I don't know what will,

I go to some bar room,
And drink with my friends,
Where the women can't follow,
And see what I spend,
God bless them pretty women,
I wish they was mine,
Their breath is as sweet as,
The dew on the vine,

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Let me eat when I am hungry,
Let me drink when I am dry,
A dollar when I am hard up,
Religion when I die,
The whole world's a bottle,
And life's but a dram,
When the bottle gets empty,
It sure ain't worth a damn.






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Uncle Tupelo version rules | Reviewer: Anon | 7/21/14

If you are not familiar with it, check out the version by Uncle Tupelo. It is one of my favorite tunes and, sorry to say, beats this one hands down.

Beautiful... | Reviewer: Zoe | 2/14/11

He truly put his own touch to this traditional song. He made it just beautiful with a subtle harmonica throughout,the soft guitar picking and his young, strong voice. It was a great cover on his part. I love Dylan. Such a great artist. No one beats him.

Sublime | Reviewer: Adam | 9/13/10

This is a fabulous version. I heard this once on a very good PA in the middle of nowhere on a still night next to the sea. The single harmonica note that goes on for nearly 20 seconds is just amazing. Anyone that says Dylan can't sing shoudl listen to this (although it must be said that his 21 year old voice didn't last!)


moonshiner | Reviewer: africa | 2/12/09

The harmonica is amazing and so is the light giutar in the backround. But the song is neither his nor written during the civil war. It is an old traditional irish song. the original one has an extra one or two verses as well

Dylan is god | Reviewer: Curfew Gull | 7/23/08

I first heard this song back in 1991 when the first Bootleg series came out. It is easily my favourite early non-Bob written song he performed. The sweet somber harmonica at the end of the song, compliments the lyrics and his voice. Dylan makes this song his own, he makes me feel like he has lived through "17 long years" of drinking. But at the time he recorded this song he was barely 21 years old.

Not an example of Dylan's writing. | Reviewer: The Business | 12/13/07

This song is not originally by Bob Dylan. It was written by someone during the civil war, but no one knows who. It is an old standard that Dylan made famous.

moonshiner review | Reviewer: t mac | 9/18/07

first heard this song on the outtakes from the bootleg sessions. the songs sums up dylan in his earlier years, where his lyrics are deep and yet fresh. another fine example of how dylan can create characters within his song lyrics. a pleasure to listen too.

moonshiner review | Reviewer: t mac | 9/18/07

first heard this song on the outtakes from the bootleg sessions. the songs sums up dylan in his earlier years, where his lyrics are deep and yet fresh. another fine example of how dylan can create characters within his song lyrics. a pleasure to listen too.

As good as it gets | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/24/07

This is Bob at his raw best, a real gut rencher of a song. He sings as if drunk (maybe he was) with a mixture of resigned misery at the plight of the alcoholic and joy at the little pleasures in life. A genius at work, even if he pinched the song.



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