Hank Williams III Sounds So Similar To His Grandfather On This Exceptional Tribute (WATCH)

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If you could all just take a minute to shut your eyes and pay close attention to Hank Williams III’s Grand Ole Opry performance, you could imagine that you are actually listening to Hank Sr. himself. Hank III’s performance of “Lovesick Blues” and “Moanin’ The Blues” is totally extraordinary and certainly worthy of a listen or two, or maybe three. I might just have broken the replay button, I’ve pressed it so many times.

“Lovesick Blues” turned into an instant success the moment it was launched in 1949. This was the very same year as Hank’s first Opry appearance, where he played that song. Legend has it that he was given six encores. The song has been covered many times since then, but few renditions come close to Hank’s original. “Moanin’ The Blues” was launched in 1951 and went to the #1 spot on the US Country chart.

The tribute was started by the renowned Little Jimmy Dickens. He began talking about Hank Williams, what it was like to tour with him, and just how they turned into very good friends. Little Jimmy reminisced about seeing Hank Jr. grow up and, after that, he began praising Hank III, saying, “Now we’re all blessed by being able to watch this young man’s career grow.”

Hank III’s performance is definitely a must-see. He certainly delivered it well and his grandpa would definitely, unquestionably, be very proud. Enjoy!

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LYRICS

“Moanin’ The Blues”

When my baby moved out and the blues moved in
There wasn’t nothin’ I could do
But mosey around with my head in my hands
Lord what am I comin’ to
I just keep Moanin’
Moa-oanin’ the blues.

I wrote a nice, long letter
Sayin’ mama please come home
Your dad-ad-dy is lon-one-some
And all I do is moan …
I been lovin’ that gal for so doggone long
I can’t afford to lose her now
I thought I was right but I must of been wrong
‘Cause my head is startin’ to bow
And now I’m Moanin’
Moa-oanin’ The Blues.

If you want a good gal to stay around
You gotta treat her nice and kind
If you do her wrong she’ll leave this tonw
And you’ll almost lose your mind
Then you’ll moanin’; Moa-oanin’ The Blues.

Aw! baby, baby, baby
Honey baby, please come home
Your dad-ad-dy is lon-one-some and all I do is moan
I promise you baby that I’ll be good
And I’ll never be bad no more
I’m sittin’ here waitin’ for you right now
To walk through that front door
Then I’ll stop moanin’; Moa-oanin’ The Blues.

“Lovesick Blues”

I got a feelin’ called the blues, oh Lord
Since my baby said goodbye
Lord I don’t know what I’ll do
All I do is sit and sigh, oh Lord

That last long day she said goodbye
Well lord I thought I would cry
She’ll do me, she’ll do you
She’s got that kind of lovin’

Lord I love to hear her when she calls me sweet da-a-addy
Such a beautiful dream
I hate to think it’s all over
I’ve lost my heart it seems

I’ve grown so used to you somehow
Well I’m nobody’s sugar daddy now
And I’m lo-o-onesome
I got the lovesick blues

Well I’m in love I’m in love with a beautiful gal
That’s what’s the matter with me
Well I’m in love I’m in love with a beautiful gal
But she don’t care about me

Lord I tried and tried, to keep her satisfied
But she just wouldn’t stay
So now that she is leavin’
This is all I can say

I got a feelin’ called the blues, oh Lord
Since my baby said goodbye
Lord I don’t know what I’ll do
All I do is sit and sigh, oh Lord

That last long day she said goodbye
Well Lord I thought I would cry
She’ll do me, she’ll do you
She’s got that kind of lovin’

Lord I love to hear her when she calls me sweet da-a-addy
Such a beautiful dream
I hate to think it all over
I’ve lost my heart it seems

I’ve grown so used to you somehow
Lord I’m nobody’s sugar daddy now
And I’m lo-o-onesome
I got the lovesick blues

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