Hank Williams

Long Gone Lonesome Blues

Composed by Hank Williams

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One of Hank Williams’ most popular songs, and containing arguably the greatest melody the artist ever wrote, “Long Gone Lonesome Blues” is a terrific up-tempo song, containing all the elements of a Williams’ masterpiece. The song’s lyrics have almost passed into cliché – the second verse begins “I had me a woman who couldn’t be true/She made me for my money and she made me blue”, with the singer being left “lonesome blue”. However, the song’s success, unusually for Hank Williams, rests on it’s melody, which is immediately engaging yet far from the Country music cliché. “Long Gone Lonesome Blues”, although not quite a masterpiece, is one of Hank Williams’ most perfectly realised compositions.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1957 Doxy Records 2:39
No Image 1961 MGM
No Image 1965 MGM
No Image 1966 MGM
No Image 1969 MGM
No Image 1973 MGM
No Image 1976 Columbia
40 Greatest Hits 1978 Polydor / Mercury / Universal 2:39
The Collector's Edition 1987 Madacy 2:38
Lonesome Blues 1992 Spm 2:36
The Original Singles Collection...Plus 1992 Mercury 2:39
The Hits, Vol. 1 1994 Mercury Nashville / Universal Music 2:37
American Legends: Best of the Early Years 1995 Universal Special Products / PSM 2:39
Low Down Blues 1996 Mercury Nashville / Polygram 2:37
Commemorative Collection [Box] 1997 Valley Entertainment 6:59
The Best of Hank Williams [Spectrum] 1998 Spectrum Music 2:41
The Complete Hank Williams 1998 Mercury Nashville / Mercury 3:31
Live at the Grand Ole Opry 1999 Mercury Nashville / Mercury 2:53
20th Century Masters-The Millennium Collection: Best of Hank Williams 1999 Mercury 2:39
Classic Country: The Fifties Legends 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:39
Blues Come Around 2001 Catfish 2:39
Country Pioneers 2001
Various Artists
Catfish 2:37
His Greatest Hits, Vol. 2: Long Gone Lonesome Blues 2001 Jasmine Records 2:40
The Essential Hank Williams: Hillbilly Legend 2001 Union Square Music
Cheating Hearts 2002 Polydor
Hillbilly Hero [4 CD Set] 2002 Proper Box 2:39
Long Gone Lonesome Blues 2002 Country Stars 2:39
Ultimate Collection [Mercury/UTV] 2002 UTV / Mercury 2:38
Long Gone Lonesome Blues: Hillbilly Hero 2002 Proper Sales & Dist. 2:39
Country Roots [K-Tel] 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:39
48 Original Recordings 2003 Prism Entertainment / Prism Leisure 2:39
The Ultimate Yodelling Collection 2003
Various Artists
Castle Pulse 2:39
The Ultimate Collection [Prism] 2003 Prism Entertainment
Cold Cold Heart 2003 Performance
Moanin' the Blues 1947-1951 2004 Frémeaux & Associés 2:39
Hank Williams [2004] 2004 Kala International 2:39
His Best Recordings, Vol. 2: 1949-1953 2004 Blue Moon 2:38
Lost Highway & Other Live Favorites 2005 Universal Distribution 3:38
Your Cheatin' Heart [Double Pleasure] 2005 Double Pleasure 2:39
The Hillbilly Shakespeare 2005 Primo Records 2:38
History of Country & Western 2005
Various Artists
The International Music Co.
No More Darkness 2005 Trikont
Your Cheatin' Heart [Rajon Entertainment] 2005 Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd.
The Complete Collection 2005 Spectrum Music
Country Legends [Country Legends] 2005 Country Legends
No Image 2005 Mercury / Nashville / Universal 2:38
Settin' the Woods on Fire 2005 Snapper 2:38
Gold Collection 2005 Proper Sales & Dist. 3:05
King of Hillbilly 2005 Membran
The Best of the Early Years [Music Mill] 2006 Music Mill 2:39
You Win Again: 26 Great Original Recording [Box Set] 2006 Prism Entertainment 2:39
Very Best of Hank Williams [Mastersong] 2006 Mastersong 2:38
Country Music Legends 2006 Castle Pulse 2:39
A Tribute to Hank Williams [Jasmine] 2006
Various Artists
Jasmine Records 2:38
24 Country Yodeling Classics 2006
Various Artists
Country Stars 2:37
Collected 2006 Deluxe 2:38
Hey, Good Lookin [Dynamic Entertainment] 2007 Dynamic 2:39
Famous Country Music Makers 2007 High Fidelity Records
No Image 2008 BD Jazz 2:40
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1950 2008
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:40
Music Of My Life, Vol. 4: Golden Decade 1950 2008
Various Artists
Golden Decade / Membran 2:37
Rockin' Chair Money 2009 Bear Family Records 2:40
Hank Williams Revealed: The Unreleased Recordings 2009 Time/Life Music 3:16
Hank Williams: The Complete Mother's Best Recordings...Plus! 2010 Time/Life Music 5:10
Country Hit Parade 1950 2011
Various Artists
Dynamic Nostalgia 2:38
Icon 2011 Mercury Nashville 2:38
Best of Hank Williams [TGG] 2011 TGG Direct 2:38
Heroes of the Big Country: Hank Williams 2012 DLG Digital 2:39
Moonrise Kingdom [Original Soundtrack] 2012
Original Soundtrack
ABKCO Records / Universal 2:37
The Lost Concerts 2012 Time/Life Music 3:28
The Greatest Hits Live, Vol. 2 2012 Life Star Vista / Time 3:21
No Image 2013 DLG Digital 2:39
No Image 2014 K-Tel 2:40
Icon 2 2014 Mercury Nashville 2:38
The Complete Singles As & Bs 1945-1955 2016 Acrobat 2:36
20 Greatest Hits [TGG] TGG Direct 2:40
20 Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2:37
No Image
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:34
A Legendary Collection Mercury Nashville
No Image X5 2:38
No Image Polymedia
No Image
Various Artists
Documents 2:37
Country & Western: Greatest Love Songs
Various Artists
Documents
Country Fever, Vol. 19
Various Artists
Digilouge 2:55
Country Fever, Vol. 8
Various Artists
Digilouge 2:39
Country Fever, Vol. 9
Various Artists
Digilouge 2:55
Country Number Ones of the 50s
Various Artists
Acrobat Music 2:38
Greatest Hits Country Roads / ZYX / ZYX Music 2:38
Hank Williams, Vol. 1 Documents 2:37
Hank Williams: The Vintage Collection Roastin 2:38
Rock N' Roll Fever, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Digilouge 2:39
Rolling Back the Years Present: Gold Classic Hits, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Digilouge 2:39
Rolling Back the Years Present: Gold Classic Hits, Vol. 31
Various Artists
Digilouge 2:55
Simply Hank Williams Simply / Union Square Music 2:40
The  Complete Mother's Best Recordings... Plus! Time Life 5:10
No Image X5 2:39
The Immortal Hank Williams [Polydor CD Japan] Polydor
The World of Hank Williams Music & Melody 2:38
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