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Whiskey Song By Matt Fitzgibbons:
"Whiskey" 2012, Matt Fitzgibbons (ASCAP( )
Music, Lyrics, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Harmonica, Drums, Recording
Rich Roger: Acoustic Guitars
A.J. Sorenson (Sure Sound Studios): Mixing & Mastering
About "Whiskey"
“Whiskey” tells the tale of one participant’s experience in the 1794 Whiskey Rebellion in Western Pennsylvania. At a time when cash was non-existent for farmers in the Western Territories, and transporting crops to market was labor-intensive and expensive, farmers distilled their products into easily carried jugs of whiskey. President George Washington’s Treasury Secretary, Alexander Hamilton, leader of the Federalist Party, targeted these poor, Anti-Federalist farmers by imposing a new Federal tax. Still suffering from the effects of their service in the recently won Revolutionary War, the whiskey producers in the western territories violently rebelled. Washington  declared them in a state of rebellion and led a massive army in the field to crush them, but eventually pardoned its leaders rather than having them hanged. The tax was later repealed by President Thomas Jefferson after his Democratic-Republican party (Republican party) came to power in 1800. The song celebrates individual liberty, serves as a reminder that even Democratically-elected governments have a natural tendency to oppress their citizens through taxation under the guise of a greater good, and warns that the struggle between individualism and collectivism remains a constant throughout history.

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Out in the woods west of Pittsburg is home,
since my Grand Daddy's days they'd left us alone.
We lived on the river where we made panther's breath
till the Marshall brought death.
We had fought for your freedom from here to the East.
We cleaned out the Tories till the land was at peace.
And we picked off the Redcoats with our frontiersman aim.
Then the taxman came.
The Federalists said that they'd pay for the War
with a tax on corn whiskey distilled from us poor:
That we needed some master to keep us in awe,
so they declared Martial Law.
The farmers decided that we'd stick together.
So we covered some taxmen with tar and with feathers.
General Washington headed the army again
with 13,000 men.
So I sit here in prison while the gallows are built
and it seems that my country is feeling some guilt.
They say we've been pardoned now their point has been made,
But you should be afraid.
Whiskey, whiskey. Smells like rebellion to me
Whiskey, Whiskey.


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