"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" is a song written and recorded by Americancountry music singer-songwriter Hank Williams in 1949. Williams wrote the song originally intending that the words be spoken, rather than sung, 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.
Elvis Presley did a version of the song in his popular Aloha from Hawaii TV-special (Presley introduced the song by saying "I'd like to sing a song that's...probably the saddest song I've ever heard.").
Amy Lee of Evanescence performed the song on April 20, 2012 at “We Walk the Line: a Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash” in honor of Cash's 80th birthday. The show was released on CD/DVD on August 7, 2012.
Randy Boone sang it in an episode of The Virginian called "First To Thine Own Self" (February 12, 1964). This made no sense, as the TV series was set in the 1880s, but the song was not written until 1949.