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

4 12 2016

Loneliness is awful. It’s different than just being alone.

Most people can be alone for awhile, but feeling alone is much more intense than merely being alone.

Humans are pack animals, we run in groups and clans. Long-term isolation can take its toll.

My suggestion is to make as many good friends as you can. People who know you. Who can make you laugh, but who also can see pain or worry in your eyes hidden behind that laughter.

Then make a real effort to stay in touch with these friends. And be there for them, so they will be there for you.

Then, perhaps, you won’t ever need to sing this song by the great Hank Williams:

“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”


“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.