Whiskey Lows

 

Whiskey Lows


"Jonathan Martin pushed me to sing this song last year at Reunion. I didn't know how well it would sit in a spiritual space because it's not a conventional church song. Jonathan, in a very warm and kind way, reminded me that we were on Johnny Cash's farm and that I shouldn't pass up the chance to sing a song about Jesus and whiskey there. So, I did. A month later, my United Pursuit family asked me to open up a few shows on tour and requested that I sing that same song. I never thought I'd actually get to sing it in worship settings. 
When I sat down to write "Whiskey Lows" with Shelly and Stephan at a writers retreat last May, I told them how much I love old country songs that talk about meeting, seeing or talking to Jesus at bars or over drinks, and I said I'd been wanting to write a song like that. Out of that conversation, "Whiskey Lows" was born. I was a country music songwriter at a Christian songwriters retreat. For me, this song felt like a chance to merge two worlds that, in my opinion, aren't always so far apart - the sacred and the 'secular'. I, like many of you, have a history of drug and alcohol abuse in my family. I've heard stories and watched people I know and love fight to overcome addictions of all sorts, many of whom are/were believers. For me, writing this song with my friends was a chance to tell the story of a vulnerable, real talk with Jesus right in the middle of pain and addiction. The person in this song knew where they were in life and still had enough faith to know that God doesn't shy away from our valleys and difficult moments. He's God enough to meet us in the eye of our own hurricanes when we invite him into those challenging moments. I aspire to be as real with God, myself and others as the person in this song." (Brittney Spencer)

WHISKEY LOWS
Written by Brittney Spencer (BMI), Stephan Hovsepian (ASCAP), Shelley Scarr
© 2017 Common Hymnal Digital (BMI), BSpencer Publishing (BMI), First Fiddle Music (ASCAP), Shelley Scarr Music (ASCAP) (admin by CapitolCMGPublishing.com)

VERSE 1
Sometimes I don’t feel my highest
It’s like I reach up and find that I’m not the tallest
Like my good just ain’t good enough
My honest ain’t true enough and my world is a sad kind of blue
I look to the heavens for something to pull me through

CHORUS 1
Well Lord I’ve been drinking but Jesus is praying for me
And I hear him calling whenever I fall to my knees
Well I’ve had my share of Sunday whiskey lows
But he’s filling my cup with the sweetest I’ll ever know

VERSE 2
Sometimes the whiskey don’t sting
And sometimes that old bourbon makes me sing
Can’t tell if I’m numb to the pain or if I’m going insane
But I’m losing my sense of time
So I call on Jesus ‘cause he is a friend of mine

CHORUS 2
Well Lord I’ve been drinking but Jesus is praying for me
And I hear him calling whenever I fall to my knees
Well I’ve had my share of bitter whiskey lows
But he’s filling my cup with the sweetest I’ll ever know

BRIDGE
Well I heard from a friend of a friend you walked on water
And I heard you dry every tear and that your love is stronger
Than what’s in my glass and what’s in my past
You say hurting hearts don’t last

CHORUS 3
Well Lord I’ve been drinking but Jesus is praying for me
And I hear him calling whenever I fall to my knees
Well I’ve had my share of Sunday whiskey lows
But he’s filling my cup with the sweetest I’ll ever know

 
 

 

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