Hank Williams Sr. have written and recorded songs that proved his talent on singing about relational strife through a clever wordplay. In March 1949, he released “Mind Your own Business,” a song that rebukes a local busybody for snooping and gossiping. Delivered in a light and breezy tone, the track was inspired by Hank’s own tempestuous relationship with wife Audrey. The opening lines give a direct reference to their relationship.
If the wife and I are fussin’, brother that’s our right
‘Cause me and that sweet woman’s got a license to fight
Why don’t you mind your own business
Hank went straight to the point. Should there be something going on between him and his wife, that’s supposed to be their own concern. The song may as well be dedicated to those people out there who’ve got nothing to do, but to eye on somebody else’s life. These people who find pleasure in talking and laughing about their neighbors are just pathetic. Well I guess, the society won’t ever be perfect without the presence of those who don’t know how to mind their own business.
Hank Jr. leads a new version for “Mind Your Own Business”
32 years ago, Hank Williams Jr. brought together some of his diverse musical buddies for a cover of “Mind Your Own Business.” Country stars Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson and Tom Petty sang on the collaboration for Hank’s closing track to his 1986 album Montana Café. As a result, their musical teamwork spent two weeks at number one on the chart.
Back in the 1960s, Hank Jr. started off his career by devoting his debut album to honoring his father’s work. He stuck with traditional acoustic-based classic-country methods during the first decade of career. It was until the 1980s that he had defined his own sound. He added a bounce of twangy electric guitars and a swampy rhythm to his music.
When he covered his father’s hit, “Mind Your Own Business,” he knew the song will have to meet some expectations. He updated the song with doubled down indignation through a smirk on the line “you just worry about you,” but he maintained the playfulness of the song. He sang the first verse and ceded the spotlight to his guests.
Watch the video below to experience the excellent collaboration of our favorite country stars. Have a great day, fella!
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