Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” Sung By Bernadette Peters

Here is Bernadette Peters singing Hank Williams’ song, I’m So Lonesome I could Cry. (The singing starts around 2:20.)

That was a remarkable performance. Live. Just a piano as accompaniment.

Here’s Hank Williams singing his song:

“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
Hank Williams, 1949

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 the clouds
To hide its face and cry

Did you ever see a robin weep
When leaves begin to die?
Like me, 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

Rolling Stone ranked it number 111 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, the oldest song on the list, and number three on its 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time.

In his autobiography, Bob Dylan recalled, “Even at a young age, I identified with him. I didn’t have to experience anything that Hank did to know what he was singing about. I’d never heard a robin weep, but could imagine it and it made me sad.”

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