Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?

I’m really feeling this tune today.  This week.  This year.

It’s the same old tune, fiddle and guitar

Where do we take it from here

Rhinestone suits and new shiny cars

We’ve been the same way for years

We need to change

Some days I’m feeling Hank.  Some days I’m feeling it Waylon.  Some days I’m feeling it Robert Earl Keen. This week, tho, I’m feeling it Uncle Tupelo, and this Thursday’s feeling like a Friday, feeling like Jay Farrar and Son Volt.

Somebody told me when I got to Nashville

Son you finally got it made

Old Hank made it here, we’re all sure that you will

But I don’t think Hank done it this way

I don’t think Hank done it this way

If it feels like you’re doing everything you are supposed to be doing, doing everything right and getting no where.

Ten years down the road, making one night stands

Speeding my young life away

Tell me one more time just so I understand

Are you sure Hank done it this way

Did Ol’ Hank really do it this way?

Just remember Hank and Waylon and all the good old boys that have gone before you.  They did the best they could with what they had…well, they did what they could with what they had.  (I’ll leave the discussion of “best they could” for another day.)

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 a’way

No I don’t think Hank done ’em this a’way

There’s always a better a’way.  We all have to find our own way.



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