The First Song I Ever Wrote

The First Song I Ever Wrote


I’ve written well over 100 songs. Now, I say that not to brag, but to say I’ve done a good number.

I started writing when I was a teen. In fact, I remember the first two songs that I penned. One was a piano and vocal. The other was guitar and vocal where I made up the chords and the melody to a pop song that was already out there. (so, we won’t talk about that one anymore. Agreed?)

But, back to the first song. I was singing in a Christian folk group called HIS. But, I was also a teenager trying to find my way in life. Teens love to experiment.

For a period of two weeks I got my first taste of wine. Yes, I was under age. Still 17. But, me and my friends managed to get our hands on some by knowing someone who could legally buy it.

I don’t know who was riding in the car with me, but we went to a drive-in market and found someone that we knew. We talked him into going into the convenience store and purchasing our wine. He did. I think it cost all of $1.18. I think he must have laughed and said under his breath, “Crazy kids.”

I know I had a bottle of Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill. I’m not sure about my friend.


This was after a Friday night football game. Me and my buddy were in the marching band together and we were gonna go hang out at someone’s house because there had to be a party someplace in our little town.

I don’t remember when I opened the bottle and had my first taste. But, I finally did. It tasted kind of sweet with a little “wang” at the end. I didn’t care for the smell, either. Not much buzz. It was probably less than 7.5 % alcohol. You could get more with Nyquil. LOL

Anyway, throughout the next couple of hours I might have finished off the bottle or maybe thrown away the rest. This was 1971.

We left the party at some point and I drove my friend home. I didn’t notice my driving being impaired, but I was glad I didn’t get stopped by a policeman because he would have smelled the alcohol on my breath.

Sometime the next weekend I was in Corpus Christi at someone’s house or apartment. I have no idea who or why I was there. But, I remember having a bottle of Apple wine with me.  I didn’t like it much. I think I drank half the bottle and quit.

That was the extent of my drinking days. I didn’t enjoy it. Oh, and I don’t think my parents ever found out. At least they didn’t say anything.

The First Song I Ever Wrote

I’m sure at some point in a church service or at home I prayed and asked God to forgive me for straying in my walk.

But, one day I was at home playing some songs and trying some chord arrangements. I started writing a gospel song.  I didn’t plan on it. It just happened.

And as I sang it over and over, working out the lyrics and the music, it came together. In fact, it became one of our songs that we sang as a group. I want to share that with you.

Oh, if you’ll notice the 2nd verse: it pays tribute to my wine drinking days. 🙂

The First Song I Ever Wrote

Glory Glory
Word and Music by Chuck Whetstone

Glory, Glory, Hallelujah
Glory, Glory, Jesus set me free
Well, I walked with Jesus late last night
I talked with Jesus  last night
I’m so glad He set me free.

Something happened to me last night
Jesus set me free
I don’t know what it means to you
But it sure means a lot to me

Come along and sing this song with me
It’ll make you feel so fine
With Jesus in your life, my friend
It’s better than drinking wine

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