I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

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General Information

Written by: Hank Williams

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry is a song written and recorded by the US songwriter Hank Williams in 1949. The song is about loneliness and it was mostly inspired by his troubled relationship with his wife Audrey Sheppard. Many artists covered this song; among them are Johnny Cash and Nick Cave, in the American IV: The Man Comes Around album (2002), the last album published by Cash when he was still in life; he would pass away the following year some months after the loved wife June Carter Cash.

During the "We Walk The Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash", held on April 20, 2012 in the Moody theater of Austin, in his memory, Amy Lee covered the song[1]. The exhibition was filmed and will be released, along with the full concert, in a DVD[2].

The version sung my Amy during the concert features slightly different lyrics (in the second stanza she sings "I'm so lonesome I could cry" instead of "To hide its face and cry" and in the third one she changes "hear" into "see"). Musically her version is closer to Hank WIlliam's than to Johnny Cash's.

Lyrics

Amy Lee Version

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
I'm so lonesome I could cry

Did you ever hear a Robin weep
When leaves begin to die?
That means he's lost his 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






Johnny Cash Version

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 begin to die?
That means he's lost his will to live
I'm so lonesome I could cry

The silence of a falling star
(The silence of a falling star)
Lights up a purple sky
(Lights up a purple sky)
And as I wonder where you are
(And as I wonder where you are)
I'm so lonesome I could cry
(I'm so lonesome I could cry)
I'm so lonesome I could cry
(I'm so lonesome I could cry)

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