Moe Bandy performs "Hank Williams You Wrote My Life"
"Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life " is a song written by Paul Craft, and made famous by Moe Bandy. It was released in late 1975 as the title track from his fourth album, and was his first single after signing with Columbia Records.
Bandy had become a critically acclaimed artist, recording and performing in the honky-tonk style, during the previous two years while under contract with GRC Records. Songs such as ""I Just Started Hatin' Cheatin' Songs Today," "Honky-Tonk Amnesia," "It Was Always So Easy (To Find an Unhappy Woman)" and "Bandy the Rodeo Clown" became big country hits in 1974-1975, and his star power and reputation was increasing. By the fall of 1975, Bandy had signed a contract with Columbia Records, and one of the first songs he recorded was "Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life."
Bandy's earlier songs and method of putting across themes of heartbreak, lost love and use of alcohol as solace showed his being influenced by Hank Williams, and that was furthered by "Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life." The song makes use of a number of Williams-penned-and-recorded song titles in the lyrics ("You wrote 'Your Cheatin' Heart' about a gal like my first ex-wife/You moan the blues for me and for you/Hank Williams, you wrote my life") to express deep sorrow and sadness following a bitter breakup of a relationship. In addition to "Your Cheatin' Heart" and "Moanin' the Blues," song titles listed or referenced in the lyrics included "Cold, Cold Heart," "Half as Much," "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," "(I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle," and "The Blues Come Around."
Moe Bandy - Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life Lyrics
You wrote Your Cheatin' Heart about
A gal like my first ex-wife
You Moan The Blues for me and for you
Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life.
The Cold, Cold Heart and a doubtful mind
I have known a few my self
And the gal that loved me half as much
As she loved somebody else.
I've heard that blue old whippoorwill, too
And the lonesome whistle whine
I know that feel; so cold, so real
When the blues come around at midnight.
We've never met, I know and yet
I know you well, my friend
And if ever I, get to heaven on high
I hope you'll shake my hand.