The Bottle Lyrics

Gil Scott-Heron


publisher: ©Peermusic Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Gil Scott Heron
album: Track in album Glory: The Gil Scott-Heron Collection
release date: 1990
popularity : 73 users have visited this page.
length: 4:54

Cover Art

Gil Scott-Heron Glory: The Gil Scott-Heron Collection cover art
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See that black boy over there, runnin' scared
His ol' man's in a bottle.
He done quit his 9 to 5 to drink full time
So now he's livin' in the bottle.

See that Black boy over there, runnin' scared
His ol' man got a problem
Pawned off damn near everything, his ol'
Woman's weddin' ring for a bottle.

And don't you think it's a crime
When time after time, people in the bottle.

See that sista, sho wuz fine before she
Started drinkin' wine
From the bottle.
Said her ol' man committed a crime

And he's doin' time,
So now she's in the bottle.
She's out there on the avenue, all by herself
Sho' needs help from the bottle.

Preacherman tried to help her out,
She cussed him out and hit him in the head with a bottle.
And don't you think it's a crime
When time after time, people in the bottle.

See that gent in the wrinkled suit
He done damn near blown his cool
To the bottle
He wuz a doctor helpin' young girls along

If they wuzn't too far gone to have problems.
But defenders of the dollar eagle
Said "What you doin', Doc, it ain't legal,"
And now he's in the bottle.

Now we watch him everyday tryin' to
Chase the pigeons away
From the bottle.
And don't you think it's a crime
When time after time, people in the bottle.


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 Johannesburg
  • 2 The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
  • 3 Blue Collar
  • 4 New York City
  • 5 Hello Sunday! Hello Road!
  • 6 We Almost Lost Detroit
  • 7 Angel Dust
  • 8 The Bottle
  • 9 Winter in America
  • 10 Delta Man (Where I’m Coming From)
  • 11 South Carolina (Barnwell)
  • 12 Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
  • 13 Show Bizness
    CD 2
  • 1 B Movie
  • 2 Lady Day & John Coltrane
  • 3 I Think I Call It Morning
  • 4 You Can Depend On (The Train From Washington)
  • 5 Shut’em Down
  • 6 Ain’t No Such Thing as a Superman
  • 7 The Klan
  • 8 Fast Lane
  • 9 Race Track in France
  • 10 Storm Music
  • 11 Save the Children
  • 12 Beginnings (The First Minute of a New Day)
  • 13 Legend of His Own Mind