I Heard That Lonesome Whistle Blow
Hank Williams - also by Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Townes van Zandt

I was ridin’ number nine
Headin’ south from Caroline
I heard that lonesome whistle blow

Got in trouble, got to roam
Left my girl an’ left my home
I heard that lonesome whistle blow

Just a kid actin’ smart
I went and broke my darling’s heart
I guess I was to young to know

They took me off to Georgia main
Locked me to a ball an’ chain,
I heard that lonesome whistle blow

All along I’ve bared a shame
I’m a number, not a name
I heard that lonesome whistle blow

All I do is sit and cry
When the evenin’ train goes by
I heard that lonesome whistle blow

I’ll be locked here in a cell
Till my body’s just a shell
And my hair turns whiter than snow

I’ll never see that girl of mine
Cause I’m in Georgia doin’ time
I heard that lonesome whistle blow



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