April 27

“Lost Highway”: Hank Williams’ Version of Leon Payne’s Song

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There comes a time in our life when we hit a dead end. The time when we experience that things don’t matter since hitting dead end depends on each and every one of us. When we were kids we know what we want in life then as we grow older things change and we change too. We start to cope with society by changing who we are, changing our hopes, and dreams. We commit more sins than ever, even we become aware that it is not good yet we still do it. Until we reach the point where we don’t know where to go and who to ask help from. We even think that we don’t deserve God’s forgiveness.

Story Behind “Lost Highway”

Hank Williams “Lost Highway” is the exact song you’ll need to listen to if you are lost right now. Although most people thought that it was Williams’ song since he seems to own it as he sung it, it was originally from Leon Payne. Payne is the writer and the first person to record the song. He is a blind country singer in the 40’s. The song was written by Payne when he was hitchhiking for a ride to see his mother.

Cover Versions

Due to its popularity and relatable lyrics, a lot of artists covered the song, including Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Ray Price and Johnny Horton. The songs were covered from 1949 to 2014. Yes, there is a lot of versions of this song, and if you try to listen to it you will definitely know why artists like this song that much.

The Song’s content

The narrator in the song finally reached the point in his life where he doesn’t know what he’s doing anymore. He also even knows that people around him are aware that he is a lost man. He tries to hide all the pain and the anxieties he is going through by being with some women or by drinking. The narrator is also a young man as mentioned in the song, he is only 22 years old. It’s such a sad song since it’s quite difficult to watch a young person feel like there’s nothing left for him to live for. He even thinks that he doesn’t deserve God’s forgiveness for all the sins he committed. He thinks that praying will not help him anymore.

Always remember that for God there is no reason not to help us. He will forgive us and accept us in His loving arms, all we have to do is kneel down and pray to Him. If you are lost, just pray, it’s the only way.

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