Hank williams jr whiskey bent and hell bound - Hank Williams, Jr. - Hotel Whiskey - YouTube

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I was born a ramblin' man with swamp water on my hand
Daddy died so young and I had to help momma get by
So I learned how to sing those songs
I learned how to honky-tonk moan
And I learned how to sleep in a different bed every night

Sometimes we slept in the car
Lots of times we slept in some old bar
Well then we got a bus and we thought we were flyin' real high
But the best place I ever stayed
Where I really learned how sing and how to play
I got the good times on my mind at The Hotel Whiskey

Lord, I wanna go back down there to Hotel Whiskey
Oh I wanna drink and dance and watch the ladies prance and get frisky
Yes I do
No, I'm not gonna worry about drivin' a car
I'll go up and get a room and bring my old guitar
I got the good times on my mind down there at Hotel Whiskey

I'm not a kid anymore but this ain't no mid-life crisis
Because whiskey and women have always been my vices
I'm gonna buy a drink and take it to the band
And talk to that gal that's got my heart in her hand
I got the good times on my mind down there at Hotel Whiskey

Lord, I wanna go back down to Hotel Whiskey
I'm gonna drink and dance and watch the women prance and get frisky
Oh, yes indeed
No, I'm not gonna worry about drivin' a car
I got a bottle and a room and my old guitar
I got the good times on my mind down at The Hotel Whiskey
What do you say Clint?

Hank, before I die I wanna tie one on
And go with you and listen to them songs
I got the good times on my mind
Yeah, well, let's blow it out one more time
Well Hank, let's all go unwind down at The Hotel Whiskey

Williams's career began to hit its peak after the Nashville establishment gradually—and somewhat reluctantly—accepted his new sound. His popularity had risen to levels where he could no longer be overlooked for major industry awards. He was prolific throughout the 1980s, sometimes recording and releasing two albums a year. Family Tradition , Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound , Habits Old and New , Rowdy , The Pressure Is On , High Notes , Strong Stuff , Man of Steel , Major Moves , Five-O , Montana Cafe , and many others resulted in a long string of hits. Between 1979 and 1992, Williams released 21 albums, 18 studio & 3 compilation, that were all, at least, certified gold by the RIAA . Between 1979 and 1990, Williams enjoyed a string of 30 Top Ten singles on the Billboard Country charts, including eight No. 1 singles, for a total of 44 Top Ten singles, including a total of 10 No. 1 singles, during his career. In 1982, he had nine albums simultaneously on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, all of which were original works and not compilations. In 1987 and 1988, Williams was named Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association . In 1987, 1988, and 1989, he won the same award from the Academy of Country Music . The pinnacle album of his acceptance and popularity was Born to Boogie . During the 1980s, Williams became a country music superstar known for catchy anthems and hard-edged, rock-influenced country. During the late 1970s and into the mid-1980s, Williams's songs constantly flew into the number one or number two spots, with songs such as "Family Tradition", "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound", "Old Habits", "Ain't Misbehavin ' ", " Born to Boogie ", and "My Name Is Bocephus". [ clarification needed ] The 1987 hit single Wild Streak was cowritten by Houston native Terri Sharp , for which Williams and Sharp both earned gold records.

That shadow grew darker, as Hank, Jr. entered his 20s. The fans that came to see him on the road wanted, and expected, him to do his father’s songs, his father’s way. Yet he yearned to explore the musical changes that were happening in the early 1970s, the melding of country, blues and rock that made the music of Waylon Jennings and the Marshall Tucker Band so distinct. He also grew increasingly dependent on pills and booze, and increasingly upset about his life’s path. “I just felt all this loneliness and depression,” he told interviewer Peter Guralnick. “I was all tore up about the direction I was heading. Every time I’d play one of Daddy’s records, I’d just start to cry.”

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