Hank It

Album: Justin Moore (2009)

Songfacts®:

  • Moore wrote this song with his frequent collaborators Brian Dean Maher and Jeremy Stover.
  • This song was inspired by Moore's experience of touring with Hank Williams Jr. He explained to Great American Country: "We got off the road with Hank and Lynyrd Skynyrd and my producer, Jeremy, had just bought a house. I went over to see his house and Brian, our other co-writer, just happened to be there. I said, 'We've got to write a song at some point about me going out with Hank Jr. It probably won't ever make a record because it would be so personal and nobody really probably cares, but we have to write a song about that.' It was such a cool experience. Our first show that we played on that tour was in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and that is in the song. 'A lot of things a country boy learns in life/how to shoot a gun and how to use a knife/But when I pulled into Hershey P-A, and I took my guitar up on the big stage/That night I did the best I could/ Me and my band played pretty dern good/ And I took myself out and sat in the crowd and learned how Bocephus shakes 'em down/You've got to Hank it.'"

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