They just don’t make country music like they did when Bocephus dropped Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound and released the title track to his 1979 album.
That steel guitar though…
Seriously Hank Williams Jr has country gold running through his blood for sure, but “Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound” has to be about the saddest sad drinking songs he’s ever performed.
The late 70s and early 1980s were a golden era in country, and Jr showed up on the scene at the right time and pedigree to lead the industry, and that’s just what he did. It would’t have matter who his daddy though if he still had chops to pull off songs like “Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound”. As far as this era of music, Hank Williams Jr.’s “Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound” has to be considered among the top.
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You can buy the album on Amazon or pick it up wherever you get your digital music.
Here’s a live version of Hank Jr performing the song on TV and showing off his guitar skills while he’s at it.
Hank Williams Jr. “Whiskey Bent And Hell Bound” Lyrics
I’ve got a good woman at home
Who thinks I do no wrong
But sometimes, Lord, she just ain’t always around
And you know that’s when I fall
Now I can’t help myself at all
And I get whiskey bent and hell bound
Play me some songs about a ramblin’ man
Put a cold one in my hand
‘Cause you know I love to hear those guitar sounds
Don’t you play, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”
‘Cause I’ll get all balled up inside
And I’ll get whiskey bent and hell bound
Sure enough about closin’ time
‘Bout stoned out of my mind
And I end up with some honkytonk special I found
Just as sure as the mornin’ sun comes
Thinkin of my sweet girl at home
And I need to get whiskey bent and hell bound
Play me the songs about a ramblin’ man
Put old Jim Beam in my hand
‘Cause you know I still love to get drunk
And hear country sounds
But don’t you play, “Your Cheatin’ Heart”
‘Cause that’ll tear me all apart
I’ll get whiskey bent and hell bound
Yeah, old Hank’s songs
Always make me feel low down
Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc