I’M SO LONESOME I COULD CRY

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I’M SO LONESOME I COULD CRY

“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” is a song written and recorded by American country
music singer-songwriter Hank Williams in 1949. The song about loneliness was largely
inspired by his troubled relationship with wife Audrey Sheppard. With evocative lyrics,
such as the opening lines “Hear that lonesome whippoorwill/He sounds too blue to fly,”
the song has been covered by a wide range of musicians. Rolling Stone ranked it #111 on
their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
It’s the second oldest song on the list, and one of only two from the 1940s.
Hear that lonesome whippoorwill,
He sounds too blue to fly.
The midnight train is whining low,
I’m so lonesome I could cry.
I’ve never seen a night so long
When time goes crawling by.
The moon just went behind a cloud
To hide its face and cry.
Did you ever see a robin weep,
When leaves began to die?
That means he’s lost the will to live,
I’m so lonesome I could cry.
The silence of a falling star
Lights up a purple sky.
And as I wonder where you are
I’m so lonesome I could cry.