He used to sing “Hank Williams”
When he was on the booze-
He’d weep and sing “Your Cheatin’ Heart”
And “Long Gone, Lonesome Blues”.
He didn’t care for “Blue Suede Shoes”
Nor other up-beat songs-
But he used to sing “Hank Williams”-
He’d sing him all night long.
He sang about the “Lovesick Blues”
You felt that you were there-
Right at “Luke, the Drifter’s” side
As he climbed those “Golden Stairs”.
He sang about the whipoorwill-
The train a windin’ low-
I don’t believe Hank had a song...
That Elsner didn’t know.
He’d play that Martin guitar-
At a lot of one night stands...
He’d sing the lead at lots of gigs
With little country bands.
They found him dead one morning-
But somehow that seems wrong,
Sometimes I hear him in the night
Still singin’ old Hank’s songs.
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