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Hank Williams Jr. performs "Family Tradition"

Hank Williams Jr. performs "Family Tradition "

"Family Tradition" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Hank Williams Jr. It was released in May 1979 as the fourth and final single and title track from his album of the same name. It peaked at No. 4, and is one of his most popular songs. It has sold 909,000 digital copies as of April 2016

The song is a Williams' statement of rebellion, not only in his lifestyle and living out the lyrics of his songs, but of his musical identity and direction.

With the latter point, the lyrics state Williams' unapologetic desire to forge his own style, particularly in response to criticism for his change from countrypolitan and covers of his father's songs. At the same time proclaiming how proud and honored he is to be part of his father's musical legacy, the younger Williams makes clear that his musical style – southern rock fused with honky tonk – is very different from the blues-oriented honky-tonk popular during Williams' lifetime.

Hank Williams Jr Family Tradition lyrics

 

Country music singers, have always been a real close family,

But lately some of my kinfolks have disowned a few others and me.

I guess it's because I kind of changed my direction.

Lord I guess I went and broke their family tradition.

They get on me and want to know Hank why do you drink?

Hank, why do you roll smoke?

Why must you live out the songs that you wrote?

Over and over everybody makes my predictions.

So if I get stoned, I'm just carrying on an old family tradition.

I am very proud of my daddy's name

All though his kind of music and mine ain't exactly the same.

Stop and think it over. Put yourself in my position.

If I get stoned and sing all night long it's a family tradition.

So don't ask me, Hank why do you drink?

Hank, why do you roll smoke?

Why must you live out the songs that you wrote?

If I'm down in a honky-tonk some ole slick's trying to give me friction.

I said leave me alone I'm singing all night long it's a family tradition.

Lord I have loved some ladies and I have loved Jim Beam

And they both tried to kill me in 1973.

When that doctor asked me, "son how did you get in this condition?"

I said, "hey sawbones, I'm just carrying on an ole family tradition."

So don't ask me, Hank why do you drink?

Hank, why do roll smoke?

Why must you live out the songs that you wrote?

Stop and think it over, try and put yourself in my unique position.

If I get stoned and sing all night long, it's a family tradition!


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