The Bottle Let Me Down
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The Bottle Let Me Down
"The Bottle Let Me Down"
Single by Merle Haggard and The Strangers
from the album Swinging Doors
"The Longer You Wait"
ReleasedAugust 1, 1966
Merle Haggard
Ken Nelson
Fuzzy Owen
Merle Haggard and The Strangers singles chronology
"Swinging Doors"
"The Bottle Let Me Down"
"The Fugitive"

"The Bottle Let Me Down" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Merle Haggard and The Strangers. It was released in August 1966 as the second single from the album Swinging Doors. The song peaked at number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles.[1]


The song is about a man who could no longer find solace from binge drinking to relieve his grief over a lost love.

Chart performance

Chart (1966) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 3

Hank Williams III recorded his version of the song, although it was never released in a studio album. It was, however, released in 2012 without Williams' permission by his former label, Curb Records. Williams had become estranged from Curb by this time, and he did not support Curb's decision to release old material without his permission.[3] Instead, Williams encouraged his fans not to buy any of Curb's music.


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 146.
  2. ^ "Merle Haggard Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  3. ^ "Curb to Release 'Long Gone Daddy' from Hank Williams III". Saving Country Music. Retrieved .

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