My Sunday Song #47 is “Life By The Drop” performed by Stevie Ray Vaughn from his album ‘The Sky is Falling’. The album came out in 1991, a year after Stevie’s death. It was his final studio album.
I had always thought the song was about drinking, but I was wrong. The song is about two old friends reunited after years apart. One of the friends has gone on to make something of themselves while the other has not. The song is basically saying to live life to the fullest and go after your dreams. You don’t want to end up old and having tons of regrets. When I discovered this was the meaning of the song years later, it made sense and I connected on another level with the song.
The song was written by an old friend of Stevie’s name Doyle Bramhall with the help of Barbara Logan. Doyle wrote the song about Stevie and how his friend went off and succeeded in life, but he didn’t reach the same level of greatness. He was proud of Stevie, but apparently had a lot of regret on his own success or lack thereof. From what I have read about Doyle, he did finally release his own album in 1994 which was 3 years after his friend had passed away. Doyle later died in 2011.