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November 14

Today’s Dose of Country Throwback: Hank Snow’s I’m Moving On

Fans of the old, classic country music will surely be delighted to remember the days when Hank Snow’s hit track I’m Moving On dominated the airwaves.

Written by Hank Snow and released in May of 1950, the song became an instant country standard.  The writing style for the song consisted having four bars of verse followed by eight bars of the chorus.

The 12-bar blues song’s lyrics, that opens with a bittersweet verse, That big eight-wheeler rollin’ down the track/ Means your true-lovin’ Daddy ain’t commin’ back/ Because I’m movin’ on/ I’ll soon be gone/ You were flying too high for my little old sky/ So I’m movin’ on, is so strong and straightforward that it compels listeners to pick up their broken pieces and start moving along with life despite the intense heartbreak they may be harbouring. From moving past days to remembering the sweet memories and the ache of having to accept that the once happy days will now only be faded memories, one has no other choice but to just go along what life has to offer.

Being a massive hit during its initial release, I’m Moving On was deemed by critics as among the three songs in Billboard Country Charts history to have stayed on the number 1 spot for a total of 21 weeks. Overall, it remained on the Billboard’s top 10 for a whopping 44 weeks.

The song was also covered by renowned country artists like Ray Charles, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Warren Smith, Waylon Jennings, and Johnny Cash. In 1965, The Rolling Stones recorded the track as part of their UK EP Got Live If You Want it! The EP was never released in the US, but their cover is made available on their American album, December’s Children (And Everybody’s).

Hank Snows’ I’m Moving On is just one of the many beloved hits that country music fans grew to adore up to this day.

Fans of the old, classic country music will surely be delighted to remember the days when Hank Snow’s hit track I’m Moving On dominated the airwaves.


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