Hank 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.
Hear that lonesome whippoorwill, He sounds too blue to fly. The midnight train is whining low, I'm so lonesome I could cry.
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.
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.
The silence of a falling star Lights up a purple sky. And as I wonder where you are I'm so lonesome I could cry.