I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

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"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"
Single by Hank Williams
A-side"My Bucket's Got a Hole in It"[1]
ReleasedNovember 8, 1949
RecordedAugust 30, 1949, Herzog Studio, Cincinnati
GenreCountry
Length2:48
LabelMGM Records
Writer(s)Hank Williams
 
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"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"
Single by Hank Williams
A-side"My Bucket's Got a Hole in It"[1]
ReleasedNovember 8, 1949
RecordedAugust 30, 1949, Herzog Studio, Cincinnati
GenreCountry
Length2:48
LabelMGM Records
Writer(s)Hank Williams

"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" is a song written and recorded by American country music singer-songwriter Hank Williams in 1949. Williams wrote the song originally intending that the words be spoken, rather than sung,[2] as he had done on several of his Luke the Drifter recordings. The song about loneliness was largely inspired by his troubled relationship with wife Audrey Sheppard. With evocative lyrics, such as the opening lines "Hear that lonesome whip-poor-will/He sounds too blue to fly," the song has been covered by a wide range of musicians.

Rolling Stone ranked it #111 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, the oldest song on the list.

Cover versions[edit]

Among those who have recorded the song following Williams' death include Johnny Cash with Nick Cave, Marty Robbins, Ray Charles, Dean Martin, Al Green, Gary Morris, Stephan Eicher, B. J. Thomas (this version was a U.S. chart hit, peaking at #8), Cassandra Wilson, Dottie West, Diamanda Galás, Freddy Fender, The Raveonettes, The Mountain Goats, The Cowboy Junkies, Volbeat, Roy Orbison, and Atlas Sound.

Chart performance[edit]

Hank Williams version[edit]

YearChartPosition
1949Billboard Country Singlesb-side of #2 "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It"
1966Billboard Country Singles#43

Williams' version ranked #29 in CMT's 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music in 2003.

B. J. Thomas version[edit]

YearChartPosition
1966Billboard Pop Singles#8

Charlie McCoy version[edit]

YearChartPosition
1972Billboard Country Singles#23

Leon Russell version (credited to Hank Wilson)[edit]

YearChartPosition
1973U.S. Billboard Hot 10078

Terry Bradshaw version[edit]

YearChartPosition
1976Billboard Country Singles#17

Jerry Lee Lewis version[edit]

YearChartPosition
1982Billboard Country Singles#43

References[edit]

  1. ^ Escott, Colin (2004). Hank Williams: The Biography. Back Bay Books. p. 125. 
  2. ^ Escott, Colin (2004). Hank Williams: The Biography. Back Bay Books. p. 124. 
  3. ^ About The Johnny Cash Show | Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash
  4. ^ Amazon.com: We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash (CD/DVD): Various Artists, Johnny Cash: Music
  5. ^ Andy Williams, "The Village of St. Bernadette" Retrieved June 6, 2013

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