"Midnight in Montgomery" as written by Donald R. Sampson and Alan Eugene Jackson....
Midnight in Montgomery,
Silver Eagle, Lonely Road,
I was on my way to Mobile,
For a big New Year's Eve show,
Stopped for just a minute,
To see a friend outside of town,
With my collar up, I found his name,
And felt the wind die down,
And a drunk man in a cowboy hat,
Took me by surprise,
Wearin' shiny boots, a nudie suit, and haunted, haunted eyes,
He said: "Friend, it's good to see you,
It's nice to know you care"
Then the wind picked up and he was gone,
Was he ever really there?

'Cause it's midnight in Montgomery,
Just hear that whip-poor-will
See the stars light up the purple sky,
Feel that lonesome chill,
'Cause when the wind is right,
You'll hear his song,
Smell whisky in the air,
Midnight in Montgomery,
He's always singin' there,

Well, I climbed back on that eagle,
Took one last look around,
Red tail lights, shadow moves slow across the ground,
And off somewhere a midnight train is slowly passin' by,
I can hear that wistle moanin',
I'm so lonesome I could cry,

'Cause it's midnight in Montgomery,
Just hear that whip-poor-will
See the stars light up the purple sky,
Feel that lonesome chill,
'Cause when the wind is right,
You'll hear his song,
Smell whisky in the air,
Midnight in Montgomery,
He's always singin' there,

He's always singin' there

Well, Hank's always singin' there


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"Midnight in Montgomery" as written by Don Sampson Alan Eugene Jackson

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    General CommentI think this song is about Hank Williams magical presence:
    ie: feel that lonesome chill
    cause when the wind is right
    You hear his song, smell whisky in the air
    Midnight in Montgomery
    He's always singin' there
    and :He's always singin' there
    O' Hanks always singin' there
    I dunno, thats my guess. Can anyone help me?

    jenelle182on August 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthanks grave is in montgomery. and alan jackson is talking about how the presence of a great country music legend filled him that night while he was there. he can almost hear hank singing and smell the whiskey in the air. hank was drunk alot and wore shiney cowboy boots and a "beauty suit". hints the phrase "Then a Drunk man in a cowboy hat
    took me by surprise
    wearing shiney boots a beauty suit"
    this songs meaning is very strong. hank is a country music legend and will never be forgotten. this is kind of a tribute to hank from alan jackson
    pool_shark930on August 20, 2002   Link
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    General CommentHanks always singin' there its only obviouse that it's about Hank Williams. love the song and the video just gives you chills.
    Army123on August 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJust a correction.

    He wore a Nudie suit, not a "beauty" suit. A suit designed by Nudie Cohn, who made famous suits for Hank Williams, Elvis, Gram Parsons, Porter Wagoner to name a few.
    CdnMapGirlon June 17, 2007   Link
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    MemoryI once heard that during the video shoot was an experience Alan Jackson would never forget. The equipment - lights, camera, etc - would keep malfunctioning. AJ and the film crew believed there was a "presence" at the grave during filming, and a lot of the film turned out to be warped (most of it during shots of Hank's grave; it showed spectres, black blots, etc.) possibly proving they were correct. If I remember correctly, they had to go back and do a re-shoot but didn't encounter anymore problems.
    AvalonRoseon April 30, 2010   Link
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    My OpinionI personally LOVE this song. It is so haunting yet beautiful at the same time. As a fan of country music, the reference to Hank Williams Sr is done in a way which really makes you think, and adds to the mystery of the song. Whoever posted the lyrics, however needs to make some changes as there are multiple spelling errors as well as errors within the lyrics as posted by someone else.
    earthgoddesson October 03, 2010   Link

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