Willie Nelson performs “Good-Hearted Woman” Live from Austin, TX.

“Good Hearted Woman”, a song written by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, was not released in single. The song was included in Willie's fourteenth studio album, The Words Don't Fit the Picture (RCA 1972).

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Good-Hearted Woman

Lp cover Willie Nelson ( RCA 1972 )
Lp cover Willie Nelson ( RCA 1972 )

“Good Hearted Woman”, a song written by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, Waylon first recorded it on September 1, 1971, Willie Nelson recorded it for the RCA label, on October 21, 1971, at RCA Victor Studio, 800 17th Ave South, Nashville, TN, four songs were recorded in the recording session, Willie was accompanied in the session by: David Kirby (guitar), Chip Young (rithym guitar), Weldon Myrick (steel), Henry Strzelecki (bass), Jerry Carrigan (drums), Hargus Robbins (piano) and Charlie McCoy (harmonica). With the production Felton Jarvis. The song was not released in single.

The song was included in Willie’s fourteenth studio album, The Words Don’t Fit the Picture (RCA 1972).

About the song:

The album is most notable for containing Nelson’s first solo recording of “Good Hearted Woman,” a song he composed with his friend Waylon Jennings. Jennings, who had been fighting many of the same battles with RCA as Nelson, started writing the song and asked Nelson to help him finish it during a late-night poker game at the Fort Worther Motel on Jackson Highway in Fort Worth.By all accounts, Nelson’s contribution was minimal, with his third wife Connie recalling, “The only part Willie came up with was‘ Through teardrops and laughter they walk through this world hand in hand. ” Waylon said, ‘ That’s it! That’s what’s missing ’and gave Willie half the song.”

Single Waylon ( RCA Victor 1971 )
Single Waylon ( RCA Victor 1971 )

Some versions:
Waylon Jennings 1971 (RCA)
Mel Street 1972 (Metromedia Country)
Charley Pride 1972 (RCA)
The Everly Brothers 1972 (RCA)
Ernest Tubb 1972 (Decca)
Nat Stuckey 1972 (RCA)
Red Jenkins 1974 (Great Music Production)
Waylon & Willie 1975 (RCA)
George Jones 1980 (Epic)
Marty Robbins 1981 (Columbia)
Johnny Paycheck 1982 (Epic)
And many more ……………..

 





Willie Nelson – Good-Hearted Woman Lyrics

[Verse 1]
A long time forgotten
Are dreams that just fell by the way
And the good life he promised
Is not what she’s living to day
But she never complains of
The bad times or bad things he’s done
She’s just talks about the good times
They’ve had and all the good times to come

[Chorus]
She’s a good hearted woman
In love with a good timin’ man
And she loves him in spite of his ways
That she don’t understand
And through teardrops and laughter
They’ll pass though this world hand in hand
This good hearted woman
In love with her good timin’ man

[Verse 2]
Now he likes the night life
The bright lights and good timin’ friends
And when the party’s all over
She welcome him back home again
Though she don’t understand him
She does the best that she can
This good hearted woman
In love with her good timin’ man

[Chorus]
She’s a good hearted woman
In love with a good timin’ man
And she loves him in spite of his ways
That she don’t understand
And through teardrops and laughter
They’ll pass though this world hand in hand
This good hearted woman
In love with her good timin’ man

She’s a good hearted woman
In love with a good timin’ man
And she loves him in spite of his ways
That she don’t understand

Single Waylon And Willie ( RCA Victor 1975 )
Single Waylon And Willie ( RCA Victor 1975 )

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