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Hank Williams Jr performs "Tear In My Beer"

The original version was written and recorded by Hank Williams during one of his Nashville sessions in 1950-51, but he decided against releasing it. It was not until many years later, in 1989, that the original song would get its first official release. The song was recorded by Bill Lister, who later gave the demo by Hank Williams to Hank's son.

 

Hank Williams Jr.'s version is a duet with his father created using electronic merging technology. As the song had been previously recorded with Hank Williams playing the guitar as the sole instrument, his son and his band simply "filled in the blanks" and recorded additional vocals. The music video for the song combined television footage that had existed of Hank Williams performing, onto which electronic merging technology impressed the recordings of Hank Jr., which then made it appear as if he were playing with his father. The video was both a critical and commercial success, and was named Video Of The Year by both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. Hank Williams, Sr. & Jr., would go on to "share" a Grammy award win in 1990 for Best Country Vocal Collaboration.

Hank Williams Jr - Tear In My Beer Lyrics

 

There's a tear in my beer

Cause I'm cryin for you, dear

You are on my lonely mind

Into these last nine beers

I have shed a million tears

You are on my lonely mind

 

I'm gonna keep drinkin'

Until I'm petrified

And then maybe, these tears will leave my eyes

There's a tear in my beer

'Cause I'm cryin' for you, dear

You are on my lonely mind

 

Last night I walked the floor

And the night before

You were on my lonely mind

It seems my life is through

And I'm so dog gone blue

You are on my lonely mind

 

I'm gonna keep drinkin

Til I can't move a toe

And then maybe, my heart won't hurt me so

There's a tear in my beer

'Cause I'm crying for you, dear

You are on my lonely mind

 

Lord, I've tried and I've tried

But my tears, I can't hide

You are on my lonely mind

All these blues that I've found

Have really got me down

You are on my lonely mind

 

I'm gonna keep drinkin

'Til I can't even think

'Cause in the last week, I ain't slept a week

There's a tear in my beer

'Cause I'm crying for you, dear

You are on my lonely mind


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