Hank Williams – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry , Original Song 1949

The legend says that it was the last song that Hank Williams sang, and that is how it is explained in the movie, but it was really “Midnight” by Red Foley.

YouTube - HankWilliamsVEVO Channel
YouTube - HankWilliamsVEVO Channel

“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry “:

This song recorded by Hank Williams in August of 1949, in Herzog Studio, Cincinnati, Ohio, for the MGM label, the song is attributed to Hank Williams as a writer, but the Music journalist Chet Flippo and Kentucky historian W. Lynn Nickell, say that The song was written by Paul Gilley, a 19-year-old from Kentucky, who sold the song and rights to Hank Williams, so Hank could claim to have written it.

Your Cheatin’ Heart (Original Motion Picture Sound Track)
Your Cheatin’ Heart (Original Motion Picture Sound Track)

Anyway, the lyrics fit perfectly with Hank’s life, but it was a song that went unnoticed, until in 1964, the song resurfaced as a vital part of the movie “Your Cheatin ‘Heart”, a largely fictional account of the life of Hank Williams, the soundtrack was interpreted by Hank Williams Jr, with only 15 years. The legend says that it was the last song that Hank Williams sang, and that is how it is explained in the movie, but it was really “Midnight” by Red Foley.

In 1966, two years later, the unknown pop singer from Oklahoma, BJ Thomas, recorded it in the style of Hank for the label (Pacemaker Records), getting into the top ten, and arousing the interest of Nashville, MGM, returned to record a new version, with the voice of Hank and modernizing the instrumentation.

Original single B.J Thomas ( 1966 )
Original single B.J Thomas ( 1966 )

 

It is said and there is evidence that the original title was, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Die”, but Hank’s producer and mentor, Fred Rose, changed it, he thought it was a title too hopeless. like a timeless song, that fits with any decade.

 

 

 





Hank Williams – I’m So lonesome I Could Cry Lyrics

Hear that lonesome whippoorwill
He sounds too blue to fly
The midnight train is whining low
I’m so lonesome I could cry

I’ve never seen a night so long
When time goes crawling by
The moon just went behind the clouds
To hide its face and cry

Did you ever see a robin weep
When leaves began to die?
Like me, he’s lost the will to live
I’m so lonesome I could cry

The silence of a falling star
Lights up a purple sky
And as I wonder where you are
I’m so lonesome I could cry

Original single Hank Williams ( 1949 )
Original single Hank Williams ( 1949 )

 

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