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Hank Thompson performs "The Wild Side of Life"Live Video.

Hank Thompson performs "The Wild Side of Life"Live Video.

"The Wild Side of Life" is a song made famous by country music singer Hank Thompson. Originally released in 1952, the song became one of the most popular recordings in the genre's history, spending 15 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard country charts,solidified Thompson's status as a country music superstar and inspired the answer song, "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" by Kitty Wells.

The lyric, "I didn't know God made honky tonk angels", and the tune's overall cynical attitude—Kingsbury noted the song "... just begged for an answer from a woman"—inspired "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels", which was also based on the same melody. Recorded by Kitty Wells and released later in 1952, that song, too, became a No. 1 country hit. In "It Wasn't God ... ", Wells shifts the blame for the woman's infidelity to the man, countering that for every unfaithful woman there is a man who has led her astray.

Hank Thompson - Wild Side of Life lyrics

 

You wouldn't read my letter if I wrote you 

You asked me not to call you on the phone 

But there's something I'm wanting to tell you 

So I wrote it in the words of this song

I didn't know God made honky tonk angels 

I might have known you'd never make a wife 

You gave up the only one that ever loved you 

And went back to the wild side of life

The glamor of the gay night life has lured you 

To the places where the wine and liquor flows 

Where you wait to be anybody's baby 

And forget the truest love you'll ever know

I didn't know God made honky tonk angels 

I might have known you'd never make a wife 

You gave up the only one that ever loved you 

And went back to the wild side of life


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