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Song Lyrics

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Recorded by Hank Williams, Sr.

Writer: Unknown (Not Fred Rose or Hank Williams)


I was walking in Savannah past a church decayed and dim,

When slowly through the window came a plaintive funeral hymn.

And my sympathy awakened and a wonder quickly grew,

'Till I found myself envired in a little colored pew.

Out front a colored couple sat in sorrow nearly wild.

On the altar was a casket, and in the casket was a child.

I could picture him while livin`, curly hair protruding lips,

I`d seen perhaps a thousand in my hurried southern trips.

Rose a sad, old colored preacher from his little wooden desk

With a manner sort of awkward and countenance grotesque.

The simplicity and shrewdness in his Ethiopian face

Showed the wisdom and ignorance of a crushed, undying race.

And he said, 'Now don`t be weepin' for this pretty bit of clay,

For the little boy who lived there has done gone and run away.

He was doin` very finely and he '˜ppreciates your love,

But his sho-`nough father wanted him in that big house up above.

The Lord didn`t give you that baby, by no hundred thousand miles,

He just think you need some sunshine and He lent it for awhile.

And he let you keep and love it '˜till your hearts were bigger grown,

And these silver tears you`re sheddin` now is just interest on the loan.

Just think, my poor dear mourners creepin` along on sorrow's way,

What a blessed picnic this here baby got today.

Your good fathers and good mothers crowd the little fellow round,

In the angel`s tender garden of the big plantation ground.

And his eyes they brightly sparkle at the pretty things he viewed

But a tear came, and he whispered 'I want my parents too'.

But then the angel`s chief musicians teach that little boy a song,

Says if only they be faithful, they`ll soon be comin` '˜long.

So my poor detached mourners, let your hearts with Jesus rest,

And don`t go to criticizin` the One what knows the best.

He has give us many comforts, He`s got the right to take away

To the Lord be praised in glory, forever let us pray.'

Release History

The Hank Williams song "The Funeral" appears on the following albums:
Country & Western Classics
1982

Golden Greats
2003

Golden Greats

  1. Honky Tonkin' (2:43)
  2. I'm A Long Gone Daddy (2:50)
  3. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) (2:54)
  4. Lovesick Blues (2:45)
  5. Move It On Over (2:45)
  6. My Bucket's Got A Hole In It (2:34)
  7. Rootie Tootie (2:50)
  8. THE BLUES COME AROUND (2:44)
  9. Why Don't You Love Me (2:25)
  10. Mind Your Own Business (2:53)
  11. Lost Highway (2:41)
  12. Dear John (2:36)
  13. Hey, Good Looking (2:55)
  14. Beyond The Sunset (3:05)
  15. Ramblin' Man (3:00)
  16. Half As Much (2:43)
  17. You Win Again (2:38)
  18. My Son Calls Another Man Daddy (2:36)
  19. Kaw-liga (2:35)
  20. Lost On The River (2:36)
  21. Disc 2

  22. I Saw The Light (2:08)
  23. I Won't Be Home No More (2:44)
  24. Pan American (2:17)
  25. I Heard My Mother Praying For Me (2:35)
  26. Never Again (Will I Knock On Your Door) (2:42)
  27. Fly Trouble (2:46)
  28. Calling You (1:59)
  29. I've Just Told Mama Goodbye (2:57)
  30. Too Many Parties And Too Many Pals (2:58)
  31. The Funeral (3:08)
  32. No, No Joe (2:28)
  33. Everything's Okay (2:52)
  34. Wedding Bells (2:56)
  35. You're Gonna Change (Or I'm Gonna Leave) (3:00)
  36. I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive (2:26)
  37. I Just Don't Like This Kind Of Living (2:49)
  38. Howling At The Moon (2:42)
  39. Crazy Heart (2:27)
  40. Help Me Understand (2:56)
  41. My Heart Would Know (2:25)
  42. Disc 3

  43. They'll Never Take Her Love
  44. Honky Tonk Blues (2:11)
  45. I'm Sorry For You My Friend (2:43)
  46. Window Shopping (2:33)
  47. Settin' The Woods On Fire (2:36)
  48. Your Cheatin' Heart (2:43)
  49. Men With Broken Hearts (3:12)
  50. Lets Turn Back The Years (2:24)
  51. My Love For You (Has Turned To Hate) (2:40)
  52. I Can't Get You Off My Mind (2:51)
  53. Be Careful Of Stones That You Throw (2:59)
  54. Wealth Won't Save Your Soul (2:48)
  55. Mansion On The Hill (2:35)
  56. My Sweet Love Ain't Around (2:44)
  57. I'll Be A Bachelor 'till I Die (2:39)
  58. (I'd Heard) That Lonesome Whistle
  59. There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight (2:46)
  60. Pictures From Life's Other Side (2:50)
  61. The Pale Horse And His Rider (2:54)
  62. A Home In Heaven (2:31)

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