May 18

A Hank Jr. Saga: All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)

It is true that three decades ago, Hank Williams Jr. did not do much settling down. It was 1981 when his single “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)” soared to the top of Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. This moment was one of Hank Jr.’s most career-defining hits.

A Hank Jr. Saga: All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down) 1

The Album

Hank Williams Jr., himself, penned and recorded “All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)”. It was released in September 1981 by Elektra/Curb records as the first single from his album The Pressure Is On. The single was Hank Williams Jr.’s fifth number one on the country charts. The song stayed at number one for one week, spending a total of ten weeks on the country chart. Critics adored the album and his singles, leading Williams to an Academy of Country Music nomination for Top Male Vocalist. Moreover, this moment was a major commercial success for Williams. The album marked Williams’ sixth album to be certified Gold and his second to be certified Platinum.

The Song

The song finds Hank Williams, Jr. lamenting the fact that all of his longtime friends have started to get older and find their tracks in the world. This makes it hard for him to find someone to hang out and raise hell with. He can no longer enjoy drinking and the company of friends going on road trips and bars. Although acknowledging he, himself, has matured, he is unhappy that his one-time “rowdy” friends have settled down. His friends no longer want a part of their old lifestyle as they leave their happy-go-lucky ways.

Bocephus also included references to Kris Kristofferson, George Jones, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings in the lyrics. He mentions all the different things they were doing with their lives instead of partying with him. However, the chorus pitches his dad, Hank Williams Sr. He sings,

Yeah, I think I know what my father meant
When he sang about his lost highway and Johnny Cash
Don’t act like he did back in ’68

And Kriss, he is a movie star and he’s moved off to L.A.
And nobody wants to get drunk and get loud
All my rowdy friends have settled down.

The song became so closely special with Williams that he turned to its signature tune in subsequent songs including “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight”, “Born to Boogie”.

Stay tuned for our feature of those subsequent songs by visiting our website on Country Thang Daily.


Tags

All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down), Hank Williams Jr.


{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}

You may also like

Life Filled With Challenges on A Country Boy Can Survive

Life Filled With Challenges on A Country Boy Can Survive

Honoring the Memory of 9/11 with Hank Williams Jr.’s “America Will Survive”

Honoring the Memory of 9/11 with Hank Williams Jr.’s “America Will Survive”

Hank Williams Jr.’s Most Controversial Song “Keep the Change”

Hank Williams Jr.’s Most Controversial Song “Keep the Change”

Williams Jr.’s Cover of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”

Williams Jr.’s Cover of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”

Originally Soul Music, Mark Wills Introduces ‘Back at One’ to Country

Originally Soul Music, Mark Wills Introduces ‘Back at One’ to Country

“‘Til I Can Make It On My Own:” Kenny Rogers and Dottie West’s Hit Duet in the ’70s

“‘Til I Can Make It On My Own:” Kenny Rogers and Dottie West’s Hit Duet in the ’70s

Latest Stories

The Real Story Behind Kristen Hall’s Split from Sugarland

The Real Story Behind Kristen Hall’s Split from Sugarland

Was Elvis Presley Blonde? An Old Photo Proves It

Was Elvis Presley Blonde? An Old Photo Proves It

Martin’s BBQ In Nashville: A Place That Should Be On Your Dining List

Martin’s BBQ In Nashville: A Place That Should Be On Your Dining List

Kevin Costner and wife Christine Baumgartner: The Ultimate Love

Kevin Costner and wife Christine Baumgartner: The Ultimate Love

Foodgasm: Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas 2021 That You Shouldn’t Sizzle Out On

Foodgasm: Top 50 BBQ Joints in Texas 2021 That You Shouldn’t Sizzle Out On

Elvis Presley Songs Continue To Thrill Millions Around The World

Elvis Presley Songs Continue To Thrill Millions Around The World

Subscribe to our newsletter now!

Country Thang Daily

>