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Country Classics: I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry

It’s time for a Country Classic and we’re going waaaay back in time to one of the greatest country songs of all time.

If a song can be judged by the the sheer amount of artists who choose to cover it, then Hank Williams’ ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ has to be ranked in the stratosphere. From Johnny Cash to Evanescence, from Little Richard to the Cowboy Junkies, a version of this song has been recorded in every possible musical style.

I myself first heard it in a pub in Glasgow, Scotland, being sung by a very drunk man who slurred every aching word. Even under those circumstances, the power of the plaintive melody and its lyrical lament could not be denied.

So, here’s today’s country classic, courtesy of the year 1949.

Hope no-one is feeling like this today:

“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.”

Slideshow courtesy of Wilsom McPhert/YouTube

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