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I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

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(Williams)

 

Information:
Hank Williams wrote and first recorded Im So Lonesome I Could Cry (MGM 10560) in 1949. The song did not chart, but its flip side, My Buckets Got a Hole in It, reached # 2 on Billboards country chart. The record was reissued in 1966 and peaked at # 43. Several artists have recorded Im So Lonesome I Could Cry over the years, including Tommy Edwards (MGM 13032) in 1961, Johnny Tillotson (Cadence 1432) in 1962, and the most successful version by B.J. Thomas (Scepter 12129) in 1966. Thomass recording reached # 8 on the Hot 100 chart and became a million-seller. Using the pseudonym Hank Wilson, Leon Russell had a release of Im So Lonesome I Could Cry (Shelter 7336) in 1973.

 

Elvis never recorded Im So Lonesome I Could Cry in the studio, but he did sing it on occasion in concert. He introduced the song in his 1973 TV special, Elvis: Aloha From Hawaii, by saying it was the saddest song he ever heard.


Lyrics:


Hear that lonesome whippoorwill

He sounds too blue to fly
The midnight train is whining low
I'm so lonesome I could cry

Did you ever see a robin weep
When leaves begin 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
I'm so lonesome I could cry


Where it was released:

Released for the fist time on Aloha From Hawaii 
 

EPs:

- Aloha From Hawaii Via Satellite

- Welcome to My World

 

LPs/CDs:

- Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite (1973)

- Welcome to My World (1977)

- Country Memories (1978)

- The Alternate Aloha (1988)

- Walk a Mile in My Shoes The Essential 70s Masters (1995) - box set

- Live and Unplugged (2000) Laserlight

- The Country Side of Elvis (2001)

- Country Collection (2001) Time Life

- Country Rock (2001)

- Elvis By the Presleys (2005)

- Made in Memphis (2006) FTD

Elvis From Hawaii to Las Vegas (2012) - FTD

 

Bootleg Releases:

- Plantation Rock (1979) - Audifon Records

- Aloha Rehearsal Show (1980) - Amiga Records

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