One of the very few songs that Hank Williams performed but did not write, “Lovesick Blues” is nevertheless now associated primarily with the singer, whose magnificent reading of the song has put all other efforts firmly in their place. Written in the 1920’s as a show tune, “Lovesick Blues” contains a marvellously fun melody, and a chord sequence full of unexpected changes. The lyrics are also very effective – it begins “I got a feeling called the blues since my baby said goodbye/Lord I don’t know what to do, all I do is sit and cry”. Indeed, the lyric could easily have been written by Williams. Certainly one of Hank Williams’ most popular songs, thanks to its accessibility, his version has been enormously influential with other country music artists, even newer performers such as Ryan Adams, who gave the song a heartfelt reading on Timeless.