This is country music that I really like. Waylon was part of the Outlaw country movement of the 1970s. This song is a tribute to Hank Willaims and also questioning the extravagance of the modern country stars of the 70s with their “new shiny cars” and “rhinestone suits”. The song peaked at #1 in the Billboard Country Charts and #21 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks…it also made it in the Billboard 100 at #60 in 1975.
Waylon acted in some ways more like a rock star. He took that Outlaw title to heart. He used some of the Hells Angels as bodyguards and hung out with them. Lynyrd Skynyrd was known as being rough and fighters but when they shared a plane with Jennings and his gang they gave him plenty of room and stayed quiet.
Waylon was hired to play bass for Buddy Holly on that last tour and he gave up his seat on the plane for J.P. Richardson (The Big Bopper) and it ended up saving his life.
Here is a link to the story.
Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way
Lord it’s the same old tune, fiddle and guitar
Where do we take it from here?
Rhinestone suits and new shiny cars
It’s been the same way for years
We need a change
Somebody told me, when I came to Nashville
Son you finally got it made
Old Hank made it here, and we’re all sure that you will
But I don’t think Hank done it this way
No, I don’t think Hank done it this way
Ten years on the road, makin’ one night stands
Speedin’ my young life away
Tell me one more time just so’s I’ll understand
Are your sure Hank done it this way?
Did ol’ Hank really do it this way?
Lord I’ve seen the world, with a five piece band
Looking at the back side of me
Singing my songs, and one of his now and then
But I don’t think Hank done ’em this way
I don’t think Hank done it this way
Take it home