Hank Williams

I Saw the Light

Composed by Hank Williams

Song Review by

One of Hank Williams’ finest songs concerning his strong religious conviction, “I Saw The Light” is a wonderful, almost gospel-like song, with moments of real lyrical insight, even if the bouncy melody may grate slightly at times. Many of the song’s verses are highly poetic – “I wandered so aimless, like filled with sin/I wouldn’t let my true saviour in” is the beginning of a verse, and it’s typical of the song as a whole – a full-blooded take of Williams’ spiritual awakening. The chorus, with it’s repetition of the title phrase is very catchy and indeed the song was a major hit when Williams recorded it. Although not one of the artist’s absolute masterpieces, it has nevertheless been covered by a wide range of artists, and as with so many Hank Williams’ songs, has become a country music standard.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1952 MGM
I Saw the Light 1956 Time/Life Music 3:01
No Image 1963 MGM
No Image 1973 MGM
24 Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 1976 Mercury 2:44
40 Greatest Hits 1978 Polydor / Mercury 2:43
The Collector's Edition 1987 Madacy 2:42
No Image 1988 Polydor
I Ain't Got Nothin But Time (December 1946-April 1947) 1989 Polydor
Jubilation, Vol. 3 (Country Gospel) 1992
Various Artists
Rhino 2:44
The Original Singles Collection...Plus 1992 Mercury 2:45
Health & Happiness Shows 1993 Mercury 2:39
The Hits, Vol. 1 1994 Mercury / Polygram 2:43
Alone & Forsaken 1995 Mercury Nashville / Mercury 2:43
Good Old Country Gospel 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 2:46
Mystic Music Presents Country Sacred Music 1996
Various Artists
Mystic Records
The Complete Hank Williams 1998 Mercury Nashville / Mercury 2:43
Move It on Over [Country Stars] 1999 Country Stars 2:44
Honky Tonkin' [Charly] 1999 Charly Records 2:46
20th Century Masters-The Millennium Collection: Best of Hank Williams 1999 Mercury 2:45
Lovesick Blues [Goldies] 1999 Goldies
Lovesick Blues [Country Stars] 1999 Country Stars 2:10
The Legendary Hank Williams 2000 Prism Leisure 2:46
Move It on Over [Golden Stars] 2000 Golden Stars 2:36
No Image 2000 Orchard
Country Legends of Gospel 2000
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:25
Honky Tonkin' [Pearl] 2000 Pearl Flapper / Pearl 2:48
Hank Williams [Castle] 2001 St. Clair 2:14
His Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: Honky Tonkin' 2001 Jasmine Records 2:45
Prodigal Son 2001 Arpeggio Blues 2:10
The Essential Hank Williams: Hillbilly Legend 2001 Union Records / Metro Doubles 2:47
Hillbilly Hero [4 CD Set] 2002 Proper Box 2:45
Best of Hank Williams, Vol. 1 2002 Mastersound 2:44
No Image 2002 MRA
Collection [Universal] 2002 Spectrum Music / Universal International 2:45
Ultimate Collection [Mercury/UTV] 2002 UTV / Mercury 2:44
Move It on Over: Hillbilly Hero 2002 Proper Sales & Dist. 2:45
Come September: An Introduction to Hank Williams 2003 Universal Distribution
48 Original Recordings 2003 Prism Entertainment / Prism Leisure 2:46
The Ultimate Collection [Prism] 2003 Prism Entertainment
Moanin' the Blues 1947-1951 2004 Frémeaux & Associés 2:44
Country's 20 Classic Gospel: Songs of the Century 2004
Various Artists
New Haven 2:43
Honky Tonk Blues [DVD] 2004 Mercury
The Best of Hank Williams [Northquest] 2004 Northquest 2:44
I Saw the Light: 24 Country Gospel Greats 2004
Various Artists
Baricum / Country Stars 2:45
Best Recordings, Vol. 1 2004 Blue Moon 2:45
God's Country: 50 Years of Country Gospel 2004
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:44
Hank Williams [Direct Source 3 CD] 2005 Direct Source 2:44
The Hillbilly Shakespeare 2005 American Legends 2:44
Honky Tonk Hero 2005 Legacy 2:48
Classic Country: Great Country Gospel 2005
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:46
The Very Best of Hank Williams [Legacy] 2005 Legacy 2:49
No More Darkness 2005 Trikont
The Complete Collection 2005 Spectrum Music
The Hank Williams Story [Hallmark] 2005 Hallmark Recordings 2:46
No Image 2005 Mercury / Nashville / Universal 2:46
The Gospel According to Hank Williams 2005 IMC (Netherlands) 2:47
Settin' the Woods on Fire 2005 Snapper 2:45
Hank Williams [Direct Source 2 CD] 2005 Direct Source 2:44
Turn Back the Years: The Essential Hank Williams Collection 2005 Mercury Nashville 2:44
King of Hillbilly 2005 Membran
A Closer Walk: Legendary Gospel 2006
Various Artists
Music Mill 2:44
Country Gospel [Direct Source] 2006
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:46
Hall of Fame 2006 Laserlight 2:06
50 Years of Country Gospel 2006
Various Artists
Madacy Christian 2:44
Very Best of Hank Williams [Mastersong] 2006 Mastersong 2:44
Country Music Legends 2006 Castle Pulse 2:45
The Hank Williams Story [Synergy Ent] 2006 Synergy Distribution 2:47
No Image 2006 Legacy 2:14
Collected 2006 Deluxe 2:44
Country Gospel Greats [Direct Source] 2006
Various Artists
Spiritual Source 2:46
50 Years of Country Gospel Vol. 1 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:44
Hey, Good Lookin [Dynamic Entertainment] 2007 Dynamic 2:44
Country Gospel: 18 Greatest 2007
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:46
Honky Tonk Man 2008 Universal Distribution 2:43
No Image 2008 BD Jazz 2:49
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Golden Decade / Membran 2:45
No Image 2008 Universal Distribution 2:43
The Unreleased Recordings: Gospel Keepsakes 2009 Time/Life Music 2:00
Hank Williams Revealed: The Unreleased Recordings 2009 Time/Life Music 3:27
Hank Williams: The Complete Mother's Best Recordings...Plus! 2010 Time/Life Music 3:01
Icon 2011 Mercury Nashville 2:44
The Legend Begins: Rare and Unreleased Recordings 2011 Time/Life Music 2:18
Country's Greatest Gospel Songs of the Century: Platinum Edition 2012
Various Artists
New Haven 2:44
Simply Country [2012] 2012
Various Artists
Simply 2:46
The Lost Concerts 2012 Time/Life Music 3:26
The Greatest Hits Live, Vol. 2 2012 Time/Life Music 3:24
The Greatest Hits Live, Vol. 2 2013 Life Star Vista / Time 3:24
No Image 2013 DLG Digital 2:42
Icon 2 2014 Mercury Nashville 2:44
The Complete Singles As & Bs 1945-1955 2016 Acrobat 2:44
20 Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2:44
No Image
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:42
Cold, Cold Heart: Early Bluegrass Heroes, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Broken Audio 2:43
Country Faith Hymns
Various Artists
Word 2:44
Country Fever, Vol. 18
Various Artists
Digilouge 2:48
Country Fever, Vol. 8
Various Artists
Digilouge 2:48
Country Gospel Gold [K-Tel]
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:45
Country Love [TGG]
Various Artists
TGG Direct 2:45
Faith, Hope & Country
Various Artists
Time Life 2:45
No Image
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:42
Good Vibrations: A Record Shop, A Label, A Film Soundtrack
Various Artists
Big Beat 2:46
Greatest Hits Country Roads / ZYX / ZYX Music 2:45
Hank Williams, Vol. 1 Documents 2:44
No Image K-Tel 2:49
Hank Williams: The Vintage Collection Roastin 2:44
No Image K-Tel 2:49
Oldies Hits A To Z, Vol. 15
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:42
Oldies Hits A to Z, Vol. 6
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:42
Rock N' Roll Fever, Vol. 19
Various Artists
Digilouge 2:48
Rock N' Roll Fever, Vol. 7
Various Artists
Digilouge 2:48
Rolling Back the Years Present: Gold Classic Hits, Vol. 29
Various Artists
Digilouge 2:48
Simply Hank Williams Simply / Union Square Music 2:47
Six More Miles to the Graveyard Doxy Records
The  Complete Mother's Best Recordings... Plus! Time Life 3:01
The Immortal Hank Williams [Polydor CD Japan] Polydor
The World of Hank Williams Music & Melody 2:45
Your Cheatin' Heart: The Best of Hank Williams Stargrove 2:44
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