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Hank Williams Jr performs "Honky Tonkin'"

"Honky Tonkin'" is a 1948 country music song, written and recorded by Hank Williams. His song went to #14 on the Billboard country music charts. In 1982 it became the sixth chart topping single for Williams' son, Hank Williams Jr.

 

Hank Williams released two versions of "Honky Tonkin'." The first was cut at his second and final recording session for Sterling Records on February 13, 1947 and features backing by Tommy Jackson (fiddle), Dale "Smokey" Lohman (steel guitar), Zeke Turner (electric guitar) and Louis Innis (bass).The song, which appeared as "Honkey-Tonkey" in Williams' first song folio, was chosen by producer Fred Rose as the B-side to "Pan American" after Hank had achieved success with two singles of mostly spiritual material on Sterling. While the subject matter is straight barroom fare in the Ernest Tubb tradition, the song is musically unusual, remaining in the same chord for fifteen and a half of its sixteen bars. According to Colin Escott's 2004 biography on the singer, the original draft featured the lines, "We are going to the city, to the city fair/We'll get a quart of whiskey and get up in the air," which the commercially minded Rose had Hank change to ""We're going to the city, to the city fair/If you go to the city, baby, you will find me there."

Hank Williams Jr - Honky Tonkin' lyrics

 

When you are sad and lonely and have no place to go

Call me up, sweet baby, and bring along some dough

And we'll go honky tonkin', honky tonkin'

Honky tonkin', honey baby

We'll go honky tonkin' 'round this town.

When you and your baby have a fallin' out

Just call me up sweet mama and we'll go steppin' out

And we'll go honky tonkin', honky tonkin'

Honky tonkin', honey baby

We'll go honky tonkin' 'round this town.

We're goin' to the city, to the city fair

If you go to the city then you will find me there

And we'll go honky tonkin', honky tonkin'

Honky tonkin', honey baby

We'll go honky tonkin' 'round this town.

When you are sad and lonely and have no place to go

Call me up, sweet baby, and bring along some dough

And we'll go honky tonkin', honky tonkin'

Honky tonkin', honey baby

We'll go honky tonkin' 'round this town.



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