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Johnny Horton - Honky tonk man

Recorded for the first time by Johnny Horton on 11 January 1956, released as a single in March of the same year. It reached #9 on the U.S. country singles charts. In its 1961 reissue it reached #11 , also on the U.S. country singles charts.

 

The song “Honky-Tonk Man” was written by Johnny Horton, Tillman Franks and Howard Hausey, and recorded for the first time by Johnny Horton on 11 January 1956, released as a single in March of the same year. It reached #9 on the U.S. country singles charts. In its 1961 reissue it reached #11 , also on the U.S. country singles charts.

The lyrics of the song are narrated in the first-person (“I’m a honky-tonk man”), describing a life of drinking and dancing with young women in honky-tonk bars; the account suggests a compulsive or addictive quality to the protagonist’s lifestyle (“I can’t seem to stop”). The chorus of the song juxtaposes the narrator’s obsessive and exuberant behaviour with what happens when his “money’s all gone” (“I’m on the telephone callin’: ‘hey hey mama, can your daddy come home?’”).

Some Versions:

Johnny Horton April 5, 1956

Carl Smith July 1958

Conway Twitty January 24, 1966

Jim Ed Brown September 1968

Del Reeves April 1969

Ray Sanders October 1969

Charlie Feathers 1976

Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley 1979

Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers 1982

Dwight Yoakam April 12, 1986

Gordon Terry 1995

And many, more versions …

Miquel Batlle Garriga
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Johnny Horton – Honky Tonk Man Lyrics

 

I’m a honky tonk man and I can’t seem to stop

I love to give the girls a whirl to the music of an old jukebox

But when my money’s all gone, I’m on the telephone

Callin’, “Hey moma, can your daddy come home?”

 

I’m livin’ fast and dangerously

But I’ve got plenty of company

When the moon comes up and the sun goes down

That’s when I wanna see the lights of town

 

‘Cause I’m a honky tonk man and I can’t seem to stop

I love to give the girls a whirl to the music of an old jukebox

But when my money’s all gone, I’m on the telephone

Callin’, “Hey moma, can your daddy come home?”

 

I’m a honky tonk man and I can’t seem to stop

I love to give the girls a whirl to the music of an old jukebox

But when my money’s all gone, I’m on the telephone

Callin’, “Hey moma can your daddy come home?”

 

It takes a purdy little gal and a jug of wine

That’s what it takes to make a honky tonk mind

With the jukebox a moanin’ a honky tonk sound

That’s when I wanna lay my money down

 

‘Cause I’m a honky tonk man and I can’t seem to stop

I love to give the girls a whirl to the music of an old jukebox

But when my money’s all gone, I’m on the telephone

Callin’, “Hey moma, can your daddy come home?”



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