Is the still still around in STILLWATER?
Is the lightning still an effervescent white?
Do the Revenuers chase Luke and Jeffrey at a pace
That would wake up all the critters in the night?
Is the moonshine still cookin' in the holler?
I remember it was always such a sight.
Keep the kindlin' lit, the liquor fit, the situation right,
'Cause I'm comin' to STILLWATER tonight.

Won't you pour me another jug of whiskey?
Won't you deal a hand of poker out for me?
Have some chaw for me to chew and some pipe tobaccy, too.
What a pleasin' night it promises to be.
Won't you make me up a bed out in the cabin?
I will only want to stay there overnight.
Keep the kindlin' lit, the liquor fit, the situation right,
'Cause I'm comin' to STILLWATER tonight.

Gerry Barnett's Notes

This song came to me when I was about 17 years old and sitting, bored as usual, in home room class at Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio. The "inspiration" came from a comic strip called Snuffy Smith which I had become accustomed to checking out in the Sunday papers as an accurate study of the human condition.

I wrote the words down and sang them in my head for a number of years, but don't remember singing them for anybody else until around 1971, when, on a trip home from Houston with my old friend Ed Vizard it surfaced again. As I recall, Ed had been sitting in the front passenger seat playing his guitar and singing, when I said, "I have a song for you." I sang it and Ed figured out the chords in short order and by the time we got to Austin, there it was, in the key of A.

Through the years I sang it with various bands, but looking back, and listening to how beautifully Hank, Shaidri, and Doug have rendered it on this CD, I realize that it was never a "band" song and I was never a singer.

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