“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” by Hank Williams, Sr. (1949)

31 12 2008

Hank Williams was another legend of American music.  Not “just” a country legend, but a cornerstone of much of the music we hear today.  It may sound kind of raw to our modern ears, maybe a little simplistic, but that’s what makes it so profound.  While other composers of the day were using clever word play, or stretching metaphors to their limits, Mr. Williams could shoot right to the heart of the matter, literally for fans like me.

Did you ever see a robin weep
When leaves begin to die
That means he’s lost the will to live
I’m so lonesome I could cry

If you’re not careful, this song will break your heart.  Sixty years after it was composed.

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