Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?

Album: Dreaming My Dreams (1975)
Charted: 60

Songfacts®:

  • This song is about how Country music has gone downhill since the death of Hank Williams. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Julian - Oakland, AR

Comments: 21

  • Kelly from TennesseeI happen to know Jess from FL. that your old friend is full of it.....Waylon God Damn Jennings wrote that song....
  • Jess from FlI happen to personally know the awesome good ol boy who did write it but sadly sold all his rights for a meager pitiful amount...especially for Waylans first number 1.
  • Jess from FlWaylan did not originally write this song...little known fact.
  • Fred Johnson from Buffalo"Might as well say Rock & Roll has died." -Dalan

    Rock & Roll HAS died. A long time ago.

    Price is right in saying that not all country musicians are Republicans. If music evolves, so do political parties. Or devolve. The fact that Hank liked Ike doesn’t mean he’d like Trump. In fact, the opposite is probably true.
  • Jeff from Beverly Hills, Ma@andy - thanks for sharing the Tom Petty quote. He's right. So much of today's country music is saturated with cliches (I'm more country than you!) and lacking in real emotion. Waylon was an original who is really missed.
  • Dalan from Notacityyet, MtHUH???? Country music is dead? Not really, imho. Might as well say Rock & Roll has died. Music evolves.

    I can't stand some of the music my son listens to just as my father couldn't stand what I listened to back then.

    I have Brad Paisley along with Johnny Horton. Music is a form of poetry, a type of art if you will.
  • Jason from Ogallala, NeDamn i miss ol' waylon! This guy along with hank jr. was the soundtrack of my high school days. Saturday night, a couple buddies, a country road and a 12-pack and we were happy, thanks Waylon.
  • Andy from Kansas City, KsHere's a quote from Tom Petty: "What they call country music today is sort of like bad rock groups with a fiddle."
  • Travis from Columbia, Sc true country music is not gone, it is all over the place! it just doesn't happen to be on your radio or tv. just check out what the red dirt scene is doing and those influenced by oklahoma and texas musicians out there right now.
    to name a few, randy rogers, wade bowen, stoney larue, hayes carll, waylon payne (i'm new to him), ragweed, cory morrow, adam hood, jason isbell, robert earle keen, pat green, patrick davis, jason boland, there's so many more i could name. please ask if you'd like more examples.
    true some of these could be considered alt. country but isn't that exactly what "outlaw country" was? sorry for rambling, but there are a ton more out there you just may have to look and heaven forbid go to a live show....
  • Henry O. Godwinn from Wheeling, WvWhy can't we just enjoy the music without sniping?
    As always I enjoy Waylon's music
  • Price from Charlotte, NcDarrell in Eugene,

    If you think real country musicians HAVE TO BE Republicans, you obviously don't know the kind of men Willie, Waylon, Cash, Steve Earle, Ray Wylie Hubbard, etc. are/were.
  • Charles from Glenside, PaGee Marcus, I think Erin's point was that if Paisley's music is such crap, how could he be from WV instead of somewhere like New York City or Southern CA - you know, where all the posers come from? Incidently, when Waylon recorded this song, folks like Paisley and Urban were likely just a glimmer in their mama's eye.
  • Marcus from Washington, InUM SORRY ERIN BUT BRAD PAISLEY MUSIC IS SO SICK I CHANGE RADIO STATIONS WHEN HE COMES ON SAME WITH ALL THIS OTHER NEW COUNTRY THE PROBLEM IS THERE SONGS ARE NOT TRUE LIKE WAYLON WILLIE JONNIE GOERGE THEY SING REAL COUNTRY THIS NEW STUFF IS BULL CRAP
  • Russ from Branson, MoCountry Music Today isnt even country. Its pop! Maybe Country will be back one day.....
  • Erin from Greenwood, ScFor the record, Brad Paisley is from West Virginia...you don't get much more country than that.
  • Darrell from EugeneMike in Hueytown, I have to wholeheartedly agree with you. I believe that a country artist HAS TO HAVE BEEN born in the South or the Midwest, HAS TO HAVE some form of Southern or country accent, CANNOT BE FROM any country other than America, and (sadly) HAS TO BE a Republican. Ever since Shania, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Jamie O' Neal and the other foreigners and non-country artists hit the scene in about 1998, I have stopped listening to country radio except for classic-country stations on XM Satellite. As for good modern country artists, Jason Aldean, Gretchen Wilson and Nickle Creek are the only good ones left.
  • Mike from Hueytown , AlToday Country hasn't gone down hill ...country music is dead
  • Mike from Hueytown , AlAnother kick a** Waylon song . Waylon was the greatest. I don't understand why more of his songs are not listed on here.
  • Eric from Milltown, Ini think someone needs to cover this song today, along with murder on music row. alot of country today is just pop crap. ain't no real feelin in it. III
  • Asef from Silkeborg, DenmarkWaylon Jennings was part of Buddy Holly´s New Crikkets in 1959. He was sopoused to be on the plane that crashed the 3th of February instead of The Big Bopper.
  • John from Jacksonville, FlWhen Waylon and Willie and the boys spearheaded the Outlaw movement of country music in the 70's, they were trying to go back to the way of Hank and Lefty and "do things their own way", not the way of the Nashvile Sound. Breaking the rules (if only a little) is what pushes country music to the next generation. So when Waylon didn't think "Hank done it this way", it was a flip-off to Nashville and a tip of the hat to his country forefathers who also "didn't do this way".
    A great artist and a great song that gets better every year.
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