While other artists’ music centered on a heart-shattering theme, Hank Snow’s songs were quite relief-focused. True enough, the Country Music Hall of Fame inductee has also recorded songs that expressed the anguish of tortured love. However, several of his most successful singles convey hope and healing. Following his first massive hit, “I’m Moving On,” the Canadian-American country music artist recorded another chart-topper in 1954. Entitled “I Don’t Hurt Anymore,” the song spent 20 weeks at No. 1 on the country chart. It appeared on three different albums, namely The Singing Ranger Vo. 3 (1992), The Yodeling Ranger (1994), and Legendary (2003).
A Song About Healing
“I Don’t Hurt Anymore” is a song that expresses one’s success in coping with a breakup. From the title alone, one can already tell what its main message is. Anyone who experienced a painful heartbreak but has eventually moved on could easily identify with the song. A throbbing separation from your beloved could lead to a miserable life. And, only time can tell when you’re able to get over it. But, the very moment you realized that the remnants of your dark past no longer hurt, that would be the most wonderful feeling in the world. As the following lines said,
No use to deny I wanted to die
The day you said we were through
But now that I find you’re out of my mind
I can’t believe that it’s true
I’ve forgotten somehow that I cared so before
And it’s wonderful now I don’t hurt anymore
Given the therapeutic feel the song exudes as well as the commercial success it has achieved, many country music artists became interested in covering it. Among them were Jerry Lee Lewis (1955), Hank Thompson (1964), Faron Young and Connie Francis (1962), and Bob Dylan and The Band (1967). Johnny Cash recorded the song half a century after it was released. His version was one of the last songs he recorded and it appeared on his 2010 posthumous album American VI: Ain’t No Grave. The most recent cover of the song made was Martina McBride’s version which was included on her album Timeless.
Listen to Hank Snow singing “I Don’t Hurt Anymore” below.
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