Hank Williams Jr. performs "Big Midnight Special" live on Hee Haw

"Midnight Special" is a traditional folk song thought to have originated among prisoners in the American South. The title comes from the refrain, which refers to the passenger train Midnight Special and its "ever-loving light" (sometimes "ever-living light"):

The song is historically performed in the country-blues style from the viewpoint of the prisoner and has been covered by many artists.

Hank Williams Jr. His musical style is often considered a blend of Southern rock, blues, and traditional country. He is the son of country music singer Hank Williams and the father of Hank Williams III and Holly Williams.

Hank Williams  Big Midnight Special lyrics


Big midnight special shine your light on me

Big midnight special shine your everlovin' light on me


Woke up this morning I heard the whistle blow

The jailor says come on boy cause it's time to go

Big midnight special...


Never had the blues so in my life before

Until I left my good gal at that station door

Big midnight special...


Put me in a pullman guards around his door

Said you off to Atlanta you gonna serve ten years more

Big midnight special...


Looked all around me in that pullman car

The men was wearing Stetson hats smoking big cigars

Big midnight special...


Took me off in Atlanta at the end of the line

Said you gonna start serving time boy for your awful crime

Big midnight special...


The whistle makes me lonesome of the midnight train

And it's gonna be ten long years till I go home again

Big midnight special...

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