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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

Golden Greats

Golden Greats

  1. Honky Tonkin' (2:43)
  2. I'm A Long Gone Daddy (2:50)
  3. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) (3:11)
  4. Lovesick Blues (2:42)
  5. Move It On Over (2:43)
  6. My Bucket's Got A Hole In It (2:34)
  7. Rootie Tootie (2:50)
  9. Why Don't You Love Me (2:25)
  10. Mind Your Own Business (2:55)
  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 (2:37)
  18. My Son Calls Another Man Daddy (2:36)
  19. Kaw-liga (2:34)
  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 (2:56)
  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) (3:04)
  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 (1:59)
  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 (2:45)
  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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Hiram King "Hank" Williams, Sr. (/hæŋk wɪljəmz /; September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. Regarded as one of the most significant and influential American singers and songwriters of the 20th century, Williams recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that would place in the Top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that ranked number one.


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January 9, 1950, Castle Studio, Nashville
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