Your Cheatin' Heart
By: Hank Williams

Original Performance: Hank Williams
Written by: Hank Williams

Versions:
  1. Your Cheatin' Heart (3:41)
    Available on Timeless: Hank Williams Tribute and 1 other release.
    Credits
    Recorded at: Madhatter and Sound Factory
    Justin Meldal-Johnsen: Bass
    Jon Brion: Drums, Noise, Piano
    Mickey Petralia: Engineer, Producer
    Beck Hansen: Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals
    Lyle Workman: Guitar (Electric)
 
Lyrics:
Your Cheatin' Heart [Version (a)]:

Your cheatin' heart will make you weep
You'll cry and cry and try to sleep
But sleep won't come the whole night through
Your cheatin' heart will tell on you

When tears come down like falling rain
You'll toss around and call my name
You'll walk the floor the way I do
Your cheatin' heart will tell on you

Your cheatin' heart will pine someday
And crave the love you threw away
The time will come when you'll be blue
Your cheatin' heart will tell on you

When tears come down like falling rain
You'll toss around and call my name
You'll walk the floor the way I do
Your cheatin' heart will tell on you
 
The Song:

Initially, there were reports that Beck would be recording "Lonesome Whistle" for a 2001 Hank Williams tribute album. A natural choice considering how often he has played that song live! (It's clearly a favorite.)

But when the final tracklist was released to the public, it turned out that Beck had offered "Your Cheatin' Heart" instead. The change of plans was reportedly quite spur-of-the-moment, as well as last-minute, and Beck has now joined a long line of really famous people covering this really famous song.

Beck's recording of "Your Cheatin' Heart" handles the country side of the song with much subtlety. His version focuses on creating a dreary atmosphere, which doesn't so much twist the heartbroken anger of the original, but enhances it. (Hank's song is the ultimate 'you hurt me and you'll regret it" song.) Around Beck's vocals, Lyle Workman adds some amazing, searing lead guitar. Jon Brion (credited with drums, piano, and noise) is also a force on the song.
 
Live:

Played live once:
August 12, 2002

Beck, on his acoustic tour of August 2002, almost made it a point to do one Hank Williams song a night. "Your Cheatin' Heart" was one of these. However, Beck only played it one time then. And it doesn't appear to have re-surfaced any other time either.
 
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