Big Swig

Big Swig

 Atlanta, Georgia, USA
BandCountryAmericana

A honky-tonkin', rock 'n' rollin', good time, Big Swig is an experienced, professional, full-service, travel-ready, working band that has entertained thousands of fans at hundreds of gigs across the Southeast since 1999.

Biography

Big Swig, "a honky-tonkin', rock 'n' rollin', good time", was established in 1999 by veteran musician, Arlan Gibson. A Mississippi born, county-raised country boy, Gibson came to Atlanta in 1989 to pursue a music career. After 10 years as a professional singer, songwriter and guitarist playing the Southeast, and abroad, in a variety of bands, Gibson formed his own band. Now, after a decade in existence, Big Swig is an experienced, professional, cover and original band that plays to all. The band's "traditional meets alt-country" sound is a roadhouse blend of influences by the legends and modern icons of country and southern rock.

Since its inception, Big Swig has entertained thousands of fans at hundreds of gigs at a multitude of venues and locations. They include classy joints, trendy bars, honky-tonks, festivals, colleges, private residences, corporate locations, country clubs, backyards, mountain tops and pastures among others. Big Swig is a full-service, self-contained, travel-ready band committed to providing entertainment at the highest standard.

Lyrics

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime

Written By: Arlan Gibson

I ain’t got a dime to my name
I ain’t got nothing’ in this world but a ball of shame
I think if I died tomorrow
No one would know no sorrow
And it fills my lonely heart with pain

Pawn man’s got every thing I own
I’m just like an old hound dog without a bone
I don’t mean to be a bother
I’m just tryin’ to scrape up a dollar
So I can get me a ride back home

Oh, brother, can you spare a dime
I hate to ask but I’m really down on my luck this time
I've been known to beg, steal or borrow
Just to make it to tomorrow
Oh, brother, can you spare a dime

Solo

My Mamma did the best she could
To raise me right but it never did do no good
I’s bound to do it my way
Sixteen I hit the highway
Thumbin’ my way to Hollywood

Repeat Chorus

Solo

Repeat Chorus

Oh, brother, can you spare a dime
Oh, brother, can you spare a dime

If and When

Written By: Arlan Gibson

It seems like yesterday we were young lovers
Never a cross word said back then
Til five minutes after “I do” that rift between me and you started us playin’ this game called if and when, and it goes

If I say I was wrong, when will you come back home and make me a happy man again
If I take all the blame, when will you end my pain
Darlin', just let me know if and when

We always said we’d stay together and had we there’s no tellin’ what might have been
We might of raised a family by a Georgia mountain stream and lived the American dream but instead we keep playin’ this game called if and when, and it goes

If I say I was wrong, when will you come back home and make me a happy man again
If I take all the blame, when will you end my pain
Darlin', just let me know if and when

Solo

If I say I was wrong, when will you come back home and make me a happy man again
If I take all the blame, when will you end my pain
Darlin', just let me know if and when
Darlin', just let me know if and when

How Long Can I Last

Written By: Arlan Gibson

How long can I last livin’ like this, without her kiss
How long can I last
How long can I last drinkin’ this way everyday
How long can I last

How long can I last knowing she spends every night in the glow of dim light makin’ love to another man
While just a wall away is the bed where my son lays his head and says good mornin’ to another man
Lord, I ask, how long can I last

How long can I last gettin’ no sleep, nothing’ to eat
How long can I last
How long can I last rollin’ my own, stayin’ stoned
How long can I last

How long can I last knowing her body and soul, and everything that made me whole, is served up to him on a silver platter
While just a few miles down the road, the man that carried the load for so long but it don’t seem to matter
Lord, I ask, how long can I last

Solo

How long can I last when I hear my little boy talk about his new toy and he calls me by anothers name
Well, even with these tears in my eyes, still I realize that he’s innocent and not to blame
But Lord, I ask, how long can I last
Lord, I ask, how long can I last

Jump a Train

Written By: Arlan Gibson

I woke up this mornin’ with that old feelin’
It’s time for me to pack it up and be movin’ on
Baby, forgive me but don’t forget me
Cause I told you all along this day was bound to come

(Chorus)
Yes, I'm gonna jump a train
I’m goin’ anywhere it’s goin’
Maybe down South where the sun shines
Or maybe up North where it’s snowin’
I don’t care, I’m just hangin’ on
Yes, I’m gonna jump a train and be rollin’ on

Baby, stop ballin’ cause it’s my callin’
To travel all around this land singin’ my song
Know that I’ll miss you and I hope the Lord’ll bless you
With a lifetime of happiness and a love that’s strong

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Solo

Since the day I met you I knew I should let you
Find the one to whom you can be a loving wife
Should you never find him in this lifetime
I’ll meet you on the other side in the afterlife

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Jump a train and be movin' on
Yes, I'm gonna jump a train

Life's Tough

Written By: Arlan Gibson

Well I recall my Daddy’s words
Each one was a pearl of soft spoken wisdom from a lifetime of pain
Born a coal miner's son, he grew up to carry a gun for Uncle Sam in Vietnam

And he told me, you’ll never make it if you give up
You’ll never make it son if you give up

You can lead a horse to water, you can’t make him drink
You can send a kid to school but you can’t make them think
You can live your life as fast as you can but slow and steady wins every time in the end
You can’t please everyone all of the time
Don’t bother son, I already tried
And sometimes the best you can do just ain’t enough cause life’s tough

Solo

Now I’ve got a son of my own and I know someday he’ll be grown and off living his own life with some kids and a wife
So I do the best I can to raise a good man
I teach him right from wrong and to say yes sir and yes ma’am

And I tell him, you’ll never make it if you give up
You’ll never make it son if you give up

You can lead a horse to water, you can’t make him drink
You can send a kid to school but you can’t make them think
You can live your life as fast as you can but slow and steady wins every time in the end
You can’t please everyone all of the time
Don’t bother son, I already tried
And sometimes the best you can do just ain’t enough cause life’s tough

Mississippi Boy

Written By: Arlan Gibson

Born and raised a Mississippi boy
But it ain’t hurt me none baby
A pocketknife was my first toy
The one my Daddy took to the war

(Bridge)
You can’t hide the truth whether you like it or not
An old dog can’t change his spots
And I wouldn’t change mine even if I could
You see now I’ve been around the world, seen a whole lotta things
But there ain’t no place the grass is as green
As my little home town in Mississippi
And down yonder we spell it

(Chorus)
M-I-crooked letter-crooked letter-I, crooked letter-crooked letter-I, humpback-humpback-I

Back woods, muddy creeks and old dirt roads
Cotton fields and pulpwood truckloads
The old shed’s covered with kudzu vine
And my old man’s in there boilin’ down moonshine

Repeat Bridge
Repeat Chorus 2x

Solo

Catfish, copperheads and camo trucks
Beaver damns and twenty-four point bucks
Dogwood festivals and county fairs
Proud Americans and small town squares

Repeat Bridge
Repeat Chorus 3x

One Good Woman

Written By: Arlan Gibson

I'm lookin’ for one good woman that’s lookin’ for one good man
I don’t mean a beauty queen that’s lookin’ for a one night stand
Just someone with a good heart that’ll love me like I am
I'm lookin’ for one good woman that’s lookin’ for one good man

I’ve dated a few I thought might be true but the only thing true were the colors that came shinin’ through
Eventually they wanted to be free
and leave me standin’ here a man that’s sad and lonely

I'm lookin’ for one good woman that’s lookin’ for one good man
I don’t mean a beauty queen that’s lookin’ for a one night stand
Just someone with a good heart that’ll love me like I am
I'm lookin’ for one good woman that’s lookin’ for one good man

Solo

Half the folks I know say you’ve got to take it slow
They say love is like a flower, it takes time to grow
Other folks say that’s wrong, it shouldn’t take that long
When you find that certain someone you know by the end of a song

I'm lookin’ for one good woman that’s lookin’ for one good man
I don’t mean a beauty queen that’s lookin’ for a one night stand
Just someone with a good heart that’ll love me like I am
I'm lookin’ for one good woman that’s lookin’ for one good man
I'm lookin’ for one good woman that’s lookin’ for one good man

Wishful Drinkin'

Written By: Arlan Gibson

Sittin’ here on the tailgate cursin’ fate on the bank of a blackwater creek
Lookin’ up at the stars, wonderin’ where you are, crushed empties lay at my feet
I kick myself, can’t blame no one else, for losing the one Heaven sent
I raise a shot to the sky, a tear rolls from my eye, and I wish things could be different

What a fool I am
Maybe she’ll forgive me again

Wishful drinkin’, oh, wishful drinkin’
Pop the top off a cold one, thinkin’ of my loved one
Tonight I’m wishful drinkin’

Solo

This was our favorite place
Lovely your face looked in the full moonlight
We’d come here together to plan forever and make love all through the night
Those are sweet memories but this pain's killin’ me cause your somewhere out there with him
And I’m here alone with sad country songs, a 12-pack and a bottle of Jim

If I could change history she’d be right here with me

Wishful drinkin’, oh, wishful drinkin’
Pop the top off a cold one, thinkin’ of my loved one
Tonight I’m wishful drinkin’

Repeat Chorus

Woke Up Believin'

Written By: Arlan Gibson

I had a visitor today that just stopped by to say “I still love you and I’m so sorry for all the pain I put you through
If we could get back to the start, if you could find it in your heart to forgive me, I’ll show you all the ways I know I’m still in love with you”

That’s when I woke up
I woke up believin’
I woke up believin’ you were back in my life
That’s when I woke up
I woke up believin’
I woke up believin’ you were still my wife

I wish you could have seen this other crazy dream that I had recently of you and me alone on the beach in Mexico
It was the 23rd of June, we were under the moon makin’ love, and you whispered in my ear “I’m still in love with you”

That’s when I woke up
I woke up believin’
I woke up believin’ you were back in my life
That’s when I woke up
I woke up believin’
I woke up believin’ you were still my wife

Solo

Well, just today I layed down and suddenly I found myself driftin’ away to a time and place I know I can only dream is true
It was our 50th year and everyone that’s dear to our hearts toast when they hear you say “Darlin, I’m still in love with you”

That’s when I woke up
I woke up believin’
I woke up believin’ you were back in my life
That’s when I woke up
I woke up believin’
I woke up believin’ you were still my wife
You were still my wife
I woke up believin'

You Don't Love Me No More

Written By: Arlan Gibson

It just hit me you don’t love me no more

(Chorus)
It just hit me
It just hit me
It just hit me you don’t love me no more

We had a good long run
Had some hard times and had some fun
I hoped our love would last
But that dream is in the past

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I don’t wish we’d never met
And I never will regret
All the times we shared
Back when you still cared

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(Bridge)
I know that love can be
Just like the changin’ seasons
And what will be will be
And I know that you’ve got your reasons

Repeat Chorus

Solo

Repeat Bridge and Chorus

So before you go
There’s one last thing you should know
You’ll always be in my heart
Where you've been right from the start

Repeat Chorus 2x

(Outro)
I know you don't love me

Discography

Big Swig (2009, self-titled CD)

Set List

Depending on the gig, we're capable of performing all original sets, cover sets, or a combination of both.

ORIGINALS
Ain't Enough Whiskey (In The World)
All Good Things (Come To An End)
Brother, Can You Spare A Dime
Country Boy Heaven
Goin' Back To Mississippi
How Long Can I Last
I Want A Beer
I Want To Go To Nashville
If And When
It Takes Two (To Drive This Truck)
It's Been A Lot Of Beers
Jump A Train
Life's Tough
Lost Without You
Mississippi Boy
One Good Woman
One More Memory
Thank You Baby (For The Whiskey)
Tombstone
Walk Of Shame
Wishful Drinkin'
Woke Up Believin'
You Don't Love Me No More

CURRENT COVER LIST (9-3-2009, updated regularly)
Amarillo Sky............................................Aldean, Jason
Midnight Rider..........................................Allman Brothers, The
Sweet Melissa...........................................Allman Brothers, The
Come A Little Closer....................................Bentley, Dierks
Settle For A Sl