I’M SO LONESOME I COULD CRY (1949) by Hank Williams

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One of my favourite Hank Williams songs. Hank recorded this track on 30 August 1949 in Ohio. With him were ace studio musicians: Zeke Turner (electric guitar), Louis Innes (rhythm guitar), Jerry Byrd (steel guitar), Ernie Newton (bass), and Tommy Jackson (fiddle). They were known as the Nashville A-Team, and were not part of the Drifting Cowboys who toured with Hank at that time (although a couple did do stints with them). The Drifting Cowboys did record with Hank on many other sessions. According to Colin Escott who wrote a biography on Hank “Here is the chill of the void that would become one of the hallmarks of Hank’s writing. It is the most oft cited example of Hank Williams the hillbilly poet, but its poetic form comes from the fact that it was originally intended to be spoken, not sung. Acuff-Rose staff writer Vic McAlpin said that Hank had written it for his first session of recitations slated for January 1950, but at some point he changed his mind. “I think ol’ Hank needs to record this,” he told McAlpin. Hank was concerned that some of the lines might sound self-consciously artsy and alienate his audience, but, as he so often did, he tried out the song on friends, fellow performers, and Fred Rose, and let them convince him that he had excelled”. Veteran Nashville songwriter Jimmy Rule recalls: “One day I was over at Acuff-Rose, our mutual publisher, and Hank handed me a piece of paper and said, “Do you think people will understand what I’m trying to say when I

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Hey Good Lookin’ and I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry are my two Hank Williams favorites. Couldn’t really pick one over the other since I love both equally. I used to enjoy playing this often on harmonica at the Tulsa P & DC just prior to my retirement from USPS.

The great American song. Don’t know enough about the rest of the world to make a more grandiose statement, but I have never heard a more evocative piece of music in my life. Maybe Sonic Youth’s cover of ‘I Just Want To Be Your Dog’, but that is punk which is almost cheating if you are talking about evocation.

Best Song Ever!




I love this song so much. He really was a FANTASTIC singer/songwriter & thats an understatement. I wish he were still around, he would be in his 80′s by now if he were. :D


I amazes me that he was recording music like this in his teens and 20′s.

Amazing talent comes with amazing demons I guess…


Well put! Thanks for a lucid observation! Too much crap passes for educated comment online!

What kind of bastard could possibly “dislike” this?

the best like elvis…

volbeat’s version of this is a great tribute to hank.

It breaks my heart that so many people support the artificial country music streamin outta nashvill today. Hank williams paved a road for musicians to travel. Tragicaly, its been repaved instead of traveled. May God bless and keep u always Hank. And thanks to all of u who still listen to music with a little backbone. I’m 28 and just found out i have lung cancer. Hank left us at 29. I guess im not in bad company. Nope, i reckon not

the silence of a falling star –

just know this from beverly hillbillies film… love it though :D

the only country music worth playing

one of the best,sings it like i feel it.

Beautiful song, it’s a pity that most of the music today can’t hold a candle to this.

Great song. One of my favorite things is to listen to my grandpa play the Dobro while having a good bourbon drink. Its a shame he’s all but deaf now and we have to convince him to play because he can’t hear himself play and he thinks he’s playing bad which couldn’t be any further from the truth.

oh yeah,depressing
but thnx for posting lol :D thumbs up

depressing, but maybe it’s just me right now

Well shit, I guess 3 people have a good woman

3 people don’t know what real country music is


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