Named for a Creole and Cajun dish, jambalaya, it spawned numerous cover versions and has since achieved popularity in a number of music genres.
With a melody based on the Cajun song "Grand Texas", some sources, including Allmusic, claim that the song was co-written by Williams and Moon Mullican, with Mullican uncredited but receiving ongoing royalties.
Released in July 1952, crediting Williams as the sole author, it was performed by Williams as a country song. It reached number one on the U.S. country charts for fourteen non-consecutive weeks. "Jambalaya" remains one of Hank Williams most popular songs today.
Goodbye Joe me gotta go me oh my oh Me gotta go pole the pirogue down the bayou My Yvonne the sweetest one me oh my oh Son of a gun we`ll have big fun on the bayou Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and file gumbo Cause tonight I`m gonna see my ma cher amio Pick guitar fill fruit jar and be gay-o Son of a gun we`ll have big fun on the bayou
Thibodaux Fontaineaux the place is buzzin` Kinfolk come to see Yvonne by the dozen Dress in style and go hog wild me oh my oh Son of a gun we`ll have big fun on the bayou Settle down far from town get me a pirogue And I`ll catch all the fish in the bayou Jambalaya and a crawfish pie...
Later on, swap my mon, get me a pirogue and I`ll catch all the fish on the bayou Swap my mon, to buy Yvonne what she need-oh Son of a gun we`ll have big fun on the bayou Jambalaya and a crawfish pie...
It was first recorded by country music singer Hank Williams in 1952 and reached on the Billboard Country Singles chart. The same year, Rosemary Clooney recorded a hit version for Top 40 markets and Alma Cogan in the United Kingdom. Since then the song has been recorded by a number of artists including Patsy Cline, Ray Charles , Eddy Arnold , Sharon Redd , Petula Clark , Emmylou Harris , Cake , and Van Morrison .
If you love me half as much as I love you You wouldn`t worry me half as much as you do You`re nice to me when there`s no one else around You only build me up to let me down
If you missed me half as much as I miss you You wouldn`t stay away half as much as you do I know that I would never be this blue If you only loved me half as much as I love you repeat both verses
We have covered this song Moe Bandy. He was most popular during the 1970s, when he had several hit songs, both alone and with his singing partner Joe Stampley.
You've known so long that you were wrong But still you had your way You told her lies and alibis And hurt her more each day But now your conscience bothers you You've reached your journey's end You're asking me for sympathy I'm sorry for you, my friend.
You laughed inside each time she cried You tried to make her blue She tagged along through right and wrong Because she worshipped you You know that you're the one to blame There's no use to pretend Today's the day you start to pay I'm sorry for you, my friend.
Today as she walked arm in arm At someone else's side It made you stop and realize That time has turned the tide You should have known you'd be alone 'Cause cheaters never win You tried and lost, now pay the cost I'm sorry for you, my friend...
“Honky Tonk Blues”, like many of the songs written and performed by Hank Williams, has become a country music standard, even though it’s not one of Williams’ better efforts. The song explores many of the themes common with much of Williams’ work – regret, loneliness and, predominantly, utter helplessness. However, these weighty themes are trapped in trite lyrics (especially for Hank Williams) and a rather cloying, obvious melody and, rarely for the artist, a rather disengaging vocal. Indeed, although the song has received numerous cover versions (from artists as diverse as Bob Dylan and Los Lobos), it does not really stand up to close scrutiny and in fact sounds quite dated.
Well I left my home down on the rural route I told my paw I`m going steppin out and get the Honky tonk blues, Yeah the honky tonk blues Well lord I got `em, I got the ho-on-ky tonk blues.
Well I went to a dance and I wore out my shoes woke up this mornin wishin I could lose them jumpin honky tonk blues, Yeah the honky tonk blues Well lord I got `em, I got the ho-on-ky tonk blues.
Well I stopped into every place in town this city life has really got me down I got the honky tonk blues, Yeah the honky tonk blues Well lord I got em, got the ho-on-ky tonk blues.
I`m gonna tuck my worries underneath my arm And scat right back to my pappy`s farm And leave these honky tonk blues, Yeah the honky tonk blues Well lord I got `em, I got the ho-on-ky tonk blues.
(unrecorded last verse )
When I get home to my Ma and Pa, I know they`re gonna lay down the law. About the honky tonk blues, Them jumpin` honkty tonk blues. Lord I`m suffrin` with the honky tonk blues.
The song is notable for the simplicity of its structure, relying upon a 2-chord, minor-key, rhythm guitar figure and alternating minimal accompaniment from fiddle and steel guitar. It also features Williams' trademark "yodel". The song's 3-verses, all ending in the title line, are sang straight through with no pause for instrumental solos. The song tells the story of a man trapped in his drifting ways, doomed to break his lover's heart. Tales of wanders were a common theme for Williams, and consequently, Country Music as a whole.
I can settle down and be doin' just fine 'Til I hear an old freight rollin' down the line Then I hurry straight home and pack And if I didn't go, I believe I'd blow my stack
I love you baby but you gotta understand When the Lord made me, he made a ramblin' man
Some folks might say that I'm no good That I wouldn't settle down if I could But when that open road starts to callin' me There's somethin' o'er the hill that I gotta see
Sometimes it's hard but you gotta understand When the Lord made me, he made a ramblin' man
I love to see the towns a-passin' by And to ride these rails 'neath God's blue sky Let me travel this land from the mountains to the sea 'Cause that's the life I believe he meant for me
And when I'm gone and at my grave you stand Just say, God's called home your ramblin' man
This song is credited to our Album “Honky Tonkin '”.
If you're lovin' me like I'm lovin' you Baby, We're Really In Love If you're happy with me like I'm happy with you Old Cupid just gave us a shove If you're thinkin' of me like I'm thinkin' of you Then I know what you're thinkin' of If you're lovin' me like I'm lovin' you Baby, We're Really In Love.
I run around in circles And turn in fire alarms I'm nutty as a fruit cake When you're not in my arms If you're meant for me like I'm meant for you Baby, we fit like a glove If you're lovin' me like I'm lovin' you Baby, We're Really In Love.
If you're lovin' me like I'm lovin' you Baby, We're Really In Love. If you're countin' on me like I'm countin' on you Old Cupid just gave us a shove If you're dreamin' of me like I'm dreamin' of you Then I know what you're dreamin' of If you're lovin' me like I'm lovin' you Baby, We're Really In Love.
My folks think I've gone crazy And I don't feel too sure And yet there's nothin' wrong with me That weddin' bells won't cure If you go for me like I go for you Baby, we fit like a glove If you're lovin' me like I'm lovin' you Baby, We're Really In Love.
I was very disappointed to see that the new country music movie “Crazy Heart” does include the Hank Williams classic recording of the Fred Rose composition in the soundtrack. Obviously the title of the movie is taken from the song.
Crazy Heart has always been one of my favorite Hank Williams recordings, although it was a ‘B’ side and did not make the charts. However I think it was one of the most popular of Hank Williams songs after his death. It was featured on many posthumous Hank Williams’ collections. ‘Crazy Heart’ was written by Fred Rose and Maurice Murray. It was recorded by Hank Williams July 25th 1951, and released as the B side of ‘I Heard That Lonesome Whistle’.
You thought she`d care for you and so you acted smart Go on an break, you Crazy Heart You lived on promises I knew would fall apart Go on and break you Crazy Heart.
You never would admit you were mistak-en You didn`t even know, the chances you were takin` I knew you couldn`t win, I told you from the start Go on and break you Crazy Heart.
I knew you`d wake up and find her missin` I tried my best to warn you, but you wouldn`t listen You told me I was wrong, you thought that you were smart Go on an break you Crazy Heart.
Also in 1951, Jo Stafford & Frankie Laine released a rendition of the song as a duet. This rendition peaked at on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Laine would later chart with renditions of two other Williams songs: "Settin' the Woods on Fire" and "Your Cheatin' Heart."
Hey, hey, good lookin' Whatcha got cookin'? How's about cookin' Somethin' up with me?
Hey, sweet baby, Don't you think maybe We could find us A brand new recipe?
I got a Hot-Rod Ford And a two-dollar bill And I know a spot Right over the hill
There's soda pop And the dancin's free So if you wanna have fun Come along with me
Say, hey, good lookin' Whatcha got cookin'? How's about cookin' Somethin' up with me?
I'm free and ready So we can go steady How's about savin' All your time for me?
No more lookin' I know I've been tooken How's about keepin' Steady company?
I'm gonna throw My date-book over the fence And find me one For five or ten cents
I'll keep it 'Til it's covered with age 'Cause I'm writin' your name Down on every page
Say hey, good lookin' Whatcha got cookin'? How's about cookin' Somethin' up with me?
"Today I passed you on the street and my heart fell at your feet/ I can't help it if I'm still in love with you." Surely this has to be one of the greatest opening lines in country music. And -- after a mournful steel guitar wail by Don Helms -- thus begins Hank Williams' "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)." The song was a Top Ten hit for Williams in 1951 and, like most of his other plentiful hits, has entered pop music as a standard, covered by a range of artists -- country and beyond. Williams' gifts exceeded his uncanny ability to turn a phrase; he possessed a reed-thin though remarkably expressive voice that, in songs like "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)," easily elicits the listener's sympathy. Like Chuck Berry, Williams' narrators are ordinary folks, the everymen who take well-worn sentiments and clichés and twist them into something fresh. For example, in "No Particular Place to Go," Berry tosses off richly poetic lines like "I stole a kiss at the turn of a mile/My curiosity running wild" like they were snippets of everyday conversation. Williams, too, displays this seemingly innate ease with the language. Take an excerpt from "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)" as an example: "A picture from the past came slowly stealing/ As I brushed your arm and walked so close to you/ Then suddenly I got that old-time feeling/ I can't help it if I'm still in love with you." (Perhaps it is the shared verb "to steal" that reminds me of Berry's song.) The literal twisting of the opening two-line phrase -- as opposed to beginning with "As I brushed your arm and walked so close to you/A picture..." -- has the effect of pricking up the listener's ears; starting with "A picture from the past..." leaves the idea hanging. When it is resolved in the second line, you can almost feel the goose pimples as he brushes his ex's arm. Williams' legendary band, the Drifting Cowboys, plays their usual, almost formulaic, loping rhythm. Fiddler Jerry Rivers shares the solo section with Helms. Guitarist Bob McNett and bassist Hillous Butrum, as well as Williams on acoustic rhythm guitar, round out the instrumentation. Honky tonker Faron Young (20 Best Hits), with his trademark hangdog vulnerable vocal style, wrenches even more heartbreak from the tune, while mostly retaining the same arrangement and instrumentation. Patsy Cline, on the other hand, drastically slows down the tempo of "I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)" on Sentimentally Yours (1962). With the help of Owen Bradley's production and arrangement, she offers a lush, late-night lament, with support from backing vocalists the Jordanaires, Charlie McCoy's sorrowful harmonica, and pianist Floyd Cramer's triplets. Cline's sophisticated version points the way to jazzy R&B possibilities in the material.
Today I passed you on the street And my heart fell at your feet I can't help it if I'm still in love with you
Somebody else stood by your side And he looked so satisfied I can't help it if I'm still in love with you
A picture from the past came slowly stealin' As I brushed your arm and walked so close to you Then suddenly I got that old time feelin' I can't help it if I'm still in love with you
It's hard to know another's lips will kiss you And hold you just the way I used to do Oh, Heaven only knows how much I miss you I can't help it if I'm still in love with you
This song is credited to our Album “Honky Tonkin '”.
I know there's never been a man in the awful shape I'm in I can't even spell my name, my heads in such a spin Today I tried to eat a steak with a big old tablespoon You got me chasin' Rabbits, walkin' on my hands ...And Howlin' At The Moon.
Well, I took one look at you and it almost drove me mad And then I even went and lost what little sense I had Now I can't tell the day from night, I'm crazy as a loon You got me chasin' Rabbits, pullin' out my hair and Howlin' At The Moon.
Some friends of mine asked me to go out on a huntin' spree 'Cause there ain't a hound dog in this state that can hold a light to me I eat three bones for dinner today, then tried to tree a 'Coon You got me chasin' Rabbits, scratchin' fleas and Howlin' At The Moon.
I rode my horse to town to day and a gas pump we did pass I pulled 'im up and I hollered WHOA!, said fill 'im up with gas The man picked up a monkey wrench and WHAM!, he changed my tune You got me chasin' Rabbits, spittin' out teeth and Howlin' At The Moon.
I never thought in this old world a fool could fall so hard But honey baby, when I fell the whole world must have jarred I think I'd quit my doggish ways if you'd take me for your groom You got me chasin Rabbits, pickin' out rings and Howlin' At The Moon
"Dear John", a song by Hank Williams, the B-side of the single "Cold, Cold Heart"
Well when I woke up this mornin`, There was a note upon my door, Said don`t make me no coffee Babe, `cause I won`t be back no more, And that`s all she wrote, Dear John, I`ve sent your saddle home.
Now Jonah got along in the belly of the whale, Daniel in the lion`s den, But I know a guy that didn`t try to get along, And he won`t get a chance again, And that`s all she wrote, Dear John, I`ve fetched your saddle home.
Well she didn`t forward no address, Nor she didn`t say goodbye, All she said was if you get blue, Just hang your little head and cry, And that`s all she wrote, Dear John, I`ve sent your saddle home.
Now my gal`s short and stubby, She`s strong as she can be, But if that little old gal of mine, Ever get`s a-hold of me, That`s all she wrote, Dear John, I`ve sent your saddle home.
Now Jonah got along in the belly of the whale, Daniel in the lion`s den, But I know a man that didn`t try to get along, And he won`t get a chance again, And that`s all she wrote, Dear John, I`ve fetched your saddle home.
Now I went down to the bank this morning, The cashier said with a grin, I feel so sorry for you Hank, But your wife has done been in, And that`s all she wrote, Dear John, I`ve sent your saddle home.
Like many Hank Williams songs, "Cold, Cold Heart" is a quintessential honky tonk country song that transcends the genre, having entered the Great American Songbook almost immediately after Williams' original recording. Soon after Williams' single went to number one on the country chart in 1951 (one of eight of his singles to go Top Ten in that year), Tony Bennett recorded a pop version that was also a hit on the pop charts, going to number one and selling over a million copies. That opened the floodgates, and the song has been covered by a wide range of artists, from Boxcar Willie to the Mighty Lemon Drops. The fact that the author chose to include the repetition of the word "cold" in the title is indicative of the level of the song's wrenching emotion; Williams knows the power of repeating that word, realizing that a simple "cold heart" does not convey the chill in the woman to whom he sings; it is as if he observes her callousness with an utterly helpless disbelief. As usual, Williams' voice is remarkably expressive, wavering and cracking in all the right places. He turns phrases and tricky meters with ease: "Another love before my time made your heart sad and blue/ And so my heart is paying now for things I did not do/ In anger unkind words are said that make the teardrops start/ Why can't I free your doubtful mind and melt your cold, cold heart?" Williams takes a universal sentiment (who has not felt they are paying for someone else's mistakes in a relationship?) and offers his own experience as a stark and clear example of the possible depths of emotional disappointment.
I tried so hard my dear to show that you`re my every dream. Yet you`re afraid each thing I do is just some evil scheme A memory from your lonesome past keeps us so far apart Why can`t I free your doubtful mind and melt your cold cold heart
Another love before my time made your heart sad and blue And so my heart is paying now for things I didn`t do In anger unkind words are said that make the teardrops start Why can`t I free your doubtful mind,and melt your cold cold heart
You`ll never know how much it hurts to see you sit and cry You know you need and want my love yet you`re afraid to try Why do you run and hide from life,to try it just ain`t smart Why can`t I free your doubtful mind and melt your cold cold heart
There was a time when I believed that you belonged to me But now I know your heart is shackled to a memory The more I learn to care for you,the more we drift apart Why can`t I free your doubtful mind and melt your cold cold heart
“Nobody's Lonesome For Me” is set on December 31st, 1952 - the final night in the life of Hank Williams. With a cancelled flight and car trouble, Hank Williams found himself stranded at a West Virginia gas station. We spend the evening with him and experience what might have been in his innermost thoughts. Hank weaves his well-known songs into his tales, revealing that his lyrics were penned from life experiences, and that music was his outlet to express both joy and sorrow.
Ev'rybody's lonesome for somebody else But nobody's lonesome for me Ev'rybody's thinkin' 'bout somebody else But nobody thinks about me
When the time rolls around for me to lay down and die I bet I'll have to go and hire me someone to cry Ev'rybody's lonesome for somebody else Nobody is lonesome for me
Ev'rybody's longin' for somebody else But nobody's lonesome for me Ev'rybody's dreamin' 'bout somebody else But nobody dreams about me
All I need is a bride who want's a big hearted groom I wouldn't care if she come ridin' in on a broom Ev'rybody's lonesome for somebody else Nobody lonesome for me
Ev'rybody's pinin' for somebody else But nobody's lonesome for me Ev'rybody's crazy 'bout somebody else But nobody's crazy 'bout me
Oh, I shined up my shoes and then I slicked down my hair Put on my Sunday suit, but I ain't goin' nowhere Ev'rybody's lonesome for somebody else But nobody's lonesome for me
Ev'rybody's yearnin' for somebody else But nobody's lonesome for me Ev'rybody's fallin' for somebody else But nobody's fallin' for me
Now I ain't had a kiss since I fell out of my crib It looks to me like I've been cheated out of my rib Ev'rybody's lonesome for somebody else Nobody lonesome for me