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Life By The Drop was the last track on Stevie Ray Vaughan's last release, The Sky Is Crying, which was a collection of miscellaneous recordings from many years. The song was written by his friend Doyle Bramhall, and mostly refers to their careers.

The song has a classic SRV lick as an intro, which then settles into a shuffle rhythm, used commonly in twelve-bar blues progressions. This lesson covers the rhythm parts, the progression, twelve-bar blues (which this isn't), a couple other licks and variations Stevie uses in the song, as well as a detailed breakdown of the intro.