Dust on the Bottle

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"Dust on the Bottle"
Single by David Lee Murphy
from the album Out with a Bang
B-side ""Mama 'n Them"[1]"
Released August 7, 1995
Format Cassette single
Recorded 1994
Genre Country, country rock
Length 3:44
Label MCA
Songwriter(s) David Lee Murphy
Producer(s) Tony Brown
David Lee Murphy singles chronology
"Party Crowd"
"Dust on the Bottle"
"Out with a Bang"

"Dust on the Bottle" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist David Lee Murphy. It was released in August 1995 as the fourth single from the album Out with a Bang. The song hit number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks in late 1995[2] and is Murphy's only number one hit. The song also hit number 9 on the Canadian Country charts.

Background and writing[edit]

In an interview with The Boot, Murphy said that he was playing guitar at his kitchen table in the morning and the song "came out of nowhere." Murphy goes on to say that he wrote the song in 15 minutes.[3]


The song is about an old man named Creole Williams. The narrator asks him for advice on impressing his lover, and Williams gives him a bottle of homemade wine, then tells him "There might be a little dust on the bottle / But it's one of those things that gets sweeter with time".

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Charley Randazzo and premiered in mid-1995.

Chart positions[edit]

"Dust on the Bottle" debuted at number 72 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of August 12, 1995.

Chart (1995) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 9
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 37
Preceded by
"She's Every Woman"
by Garth Brooks
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

October 28-November 4, 1995
Succeeded by
"Check Yes or No"
by George Strait


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 290. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Billboard
  3. ^ Conaway, Alanna (13 November 2010). "David Lee Murphy, 'Dust on the Bottle' — Story Behind the Lyrics". The Boot. Retrieved 3 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2805." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. November 13, 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  5. ^ "David Lee Murphy – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for David Lee Murphy.
  6. ^ "Best of 1995: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1995. Retrieved July 21, 2013.