Country music singers
have been a real close family,
but lately some of my kinfolks
have disowned a few others and me.
I guess its because
I kind of changed my direction.
Lord I guess I went and broke their family tradition.

They get on me and want to know Hank why do you drink?
Why do you roll smoke?
Why must you live out the songs that you wrote?
Over and over everybody makes my predictions.
So if I get stoned,
I'm just carrying on
an old family tradition.

I am very proud
of my daddy's name
all though his kind of music
and mine ain't exactly the same.
Stop and think it over.
Put yourself in my position.
If I get stoned
and sing all night long
its a family tradition.

So don't ask me,
Hank why do you drink?
Hank, why do you roll smoke?
Why must you live out the songs that you wrote?
If I'm down in a honky-tonk
some ole slick's trying to give me friction.
I said leave me alone
I'm singing all night long
it's a family tradition.

Lord I have loved some ladies
and I have loved Jim Beam
and they both tried to kill me in 1973.
When that doctor asked me
Son how did you get in this condition?
I said, hey sawbones,
I'm just carrying on an ole family tradition.

So don't ask me
Hank why do you drink?
Hank, why do roll smoke?
Why must you live out the songs that you wrote?
Stop and think it over
try and put yourself in my unique position.
If I get stoned and sing all night long, its a family tradition


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    General CommentOne of the top 10 country songs of all time without a doubt.
    JumpyJackon July 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentKind of an ironic and sad take on his life- though I'm sure he went through some serious frustration early in his career.
    Of course, he didn't have much of a choice in having a career.
    twlpoolon January 21, 2007   Link

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