Hank Williams Jr.’s “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink”
In 2012, Hank Williams Jr. collaborated with Merle Haggard to sing the song “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink.” He included the song in his fifty-seventh studio album Old School New Rules. His album was released under the record label Bocephus. His recording with Merle Haggard did not make it to the Billboard chart. However, his album reached No. 4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Also, it secured a spot on the Billboard 200 chart at No. 12. His only single from the album that made it to the chart was his song “Keep The Change.” The song reached No.14 on the Billboard Country Digital chart.
Merle Haggard’s “I Think I’ll Stay Here and Drink”
“I Think I’ll Stay Here and Drink” is a song written by Merle Haggard in 1980. He scored his twenty-sixth No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with this song. The single became part of his album Back to Barrooms. Haggard’s album reached No. 8 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
The Song’s Content
The song is about a man who is tired of his lover. Instead of being with her, he chooses to drink because he knows there ain’t gonna be anything good if he will be with her. Hank sang two verses of the song while Haggard sang only the second verse. They both sang together at the last verse of the song.
Other artists who covered Haggard’s song were George Jones in 2006, Dustin Lynch in 2014, and Warrant in 2017.
Hank Williams Jr. is one of the country musicians who followed in the footsteps of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and many more. He began releasing albums and songs since 1964. Hank is the son of the legendary country singer Hank Williams Sr. Williams continuously releases songs that are strongly influenced by the country outlaw. In addition, he has released a total of 56 albums and 109 songs on the Billboard chart. Ten of his singles reached No. 1 on the chart.
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