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I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"
Single by Hank Williams
A-side "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It"[1]
Released November 8, 1949
Recorded August 30, 1949, Herzog Studio, Cincinnati
Genre Country
Length 2:48
Label MGM 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 1
  • Chart performance 2
    • Hank Williams version 2.1
    • B. J. Thomas version 2.2
    • Charlie McCoy version 2.3
    • Leon Russell version (credited to Hank Wilson) 2.4
    • Terry Bradshaw version 2.5
    • Jerry Lee Lewis version 2.6
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Cover versions

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

Hank Williams version

Year Chart Position
1949 Billboard Country Singles b-side of #2 "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It"
1966 Billboard Country Singles #43

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

B. J. Thomas version

Year Chart Position
1966 Billboard Pop Singles #8

Charlie McCoy version

Year Chart Position
1972 Billboard Country Singles #23

Leon Russell version (credited to Hank Wilson)

Year Chart Position
1973 U.S. Billboard Hot 100 78

Terry Bradshaw version

Year Chart Position
1976 Billboard Country Singles #17

Jerry Lee Lewis version

Year Chart Position
1982 Billboard Country Singles #43


  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. ^ 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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