Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?

I've always thought it's kind of funny that a lot of my favorite singers/songwriters that I consider "real country" were guys who fought tooth and nail to break free of what was traditional in their time. Waylon Jennings is a prime example, especially with "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way."

I love this song for so many reasons. First, it's not the traditional three chord country song, and the structure doesn't follow the traditional format either. It's just two chords, repeated over and over. It also has no bridge, or discernable chorus. Instead it uses the refrain "Are sure Hank done it," "Did ole Hank really do it," "I don't think Hank done 'em this way."

The main reason it's great is because in one sense Hank really did do it that way--he did it his own way. Hank would probably have loved Waylon. "Singing my songs, some of his now and then."


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