There comes a time in our lives when we experience one bad luck after another. It’s like you are being punished for no reason at all. You try to do your best, but you always end up failing. Life is unfair, and no one can deny that fact. Some days you’re fine then tragedy strikes next. Sometimes, even if you do your best, you won’t even be rewarded. We can’t understand why life has to be like that. Why is life always unfair, especially to innocent people?
Hank Williams’ Last Recording
“I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive” became Hank Williams’ last song to be recorded before his death in 1953. The song was released in September 1952. Hank Williams collaborated with Fred Rose to write another song again for the last time. The two worked together before. Williams and Rose wrote “Kaw-Liga,” which is one of Hank Williams’ best single. “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive” became a hit, and was covered by artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Hank Williams Jr., and Steve Earle.
The Song’s Meaning
A man is beginning to lose his sanity because of the hardships he is experiencing in his life. It is not only the hardships but the series of bad luck that was happening to him. He feels that life is unfair because it is as if he did something bad to deserve all the punishment given to him. It began with his woman leaving him for another man, followed by his uncle who raised him suddenly died. He doesn’t know where he came from and he does not know where to go. He feels lost now in this cruel world. The narrator at the end of the song became homeless, as he described by the way he dressed and the shoes he wears.
Life is unfair, and it will drag us down, even to the point of losing everything. But we must not give up, we must learn to fight life back, and show that we are stronger than life. If you feel like a series of unfortunate events are happening to you remember that if you are down, there is nowhere to go but up. Learn to rise above your situation.
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