Lonesome Whistle
By: Hank Williams
Original Performance: Hank Williams
Written by: Hank Williams

Version Of: Lonesome Whistle

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Lyrics:
[from Sounds Eclectic / KCRW version]

I was riding number 9, heading south from Caroline
I heard that lonesome whistle blowin'

I got in trouble, had to roam, left my gal and left my home
I heard that lonesome whistle blowin'

Just a kid acting smart, I went and broke my darlin's heart
I guess I was too young to know

They took me off the Georgia main, locked me to a ball and chain
I heard that lonesome whistle blowin'

All alone I bear the shame, I'm a number not a name
I heard that lonesome whistle blowin'

All I do is sit and cry when that evening train goes by
I heard that lonesome whistle blowin'

All be locked here in this cell 'til my body's just a shell
And my hair turns whiter than snow

I'll never see that gal of mine, Lord I'm in Georgia doin' time
I heard that lonesome whistle blowin'

I heard that lonesome whistle blowin'
 
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Played live 59 times:
Earliest known live version: October 1, 2000
Latest known live version: May 19, 2015