T.G Sheppard performs “Devil in the Bottle”

The song would reach the position number 1 in the lists of US Hot Country Songs, also it would arrive at number 1 in the lists of Canadian country. It would be the first number one of Sheppard's career, out of a total of 15.

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“Devil in the Bottle”:

Lp cover T.G Sheppard ( Melodyland 1975 )
Lp cover T.G Sheppard ( Melodyland 1975 )

Song written by Bobby David, was recorded by TG Sheppard, in 1974 for the Melodyland label, with the production of Jack Gilmer & Bill Browder, was released on November 7, 1974, on February 15, 1975, the song would reach the position number 1 in the lists of US Hot Country Songs, also it would arrive at number 1 in the lists of Canadian country. It would be the first number one of Sheppard’s career, out of a total of 15.

The song was included in his debut album, T.G. Sheppard (Melodyland 1975), would reach the position number 12 in the lists of top country albums.

Lp cover Hank Jr. ( MGM 1975 )
Lp cover Hank Jr. ( MGM 1975 )

Hank Williams Jr. records two versions of the song, the first in October 1975, for the MGM label, with the title of There’s a devil in the bottle (MGM 1975), was included on the album, Bocephus (MGM 1975).

The second version, “Devil in the Bottle” was covered by Hank Williams, Jr. on his 2003 album “I’m One of You.” It was released in 2004 as the album’s third single and peaked at number 59 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.




T.G Sheppard – Devil in the bottle Lyrics

I come home late at night with my shoes in my hands
Stumble in the back door being quite as I can
And I know she there in bed cold and all alone
And she’s crying cause I’m breaking up our home

And she knows (and she knows) the hell I’m going through
In this world (in this world) inside my head
There’s a devil (there’s a devil) in a bottle
And he wants to see me dead

I fall into her arms and she helps me with my clothes
Yeah she stays on with me cause she really knows
Cause I’m trying lord to find my freedom
By escaping to the only freedom I’ve ever known

And she knows (and she knows) the hell I’m going through
In this world (in this world) inside my head
There’s a devil (there’s a devil) in a bottle
And he wants to see me dead

There’s a devil (there’s a devil) in a bottle (in the bottle)
And he wants (and he wants) to see me dead
And it’s killing her to see me die this way

Single T.G Sheppard ( Melodyland 1974 )
Single T.G Sheppard ( Melodyland 1974 )

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