Country music singers have always been a real close family
But lately, some of my kinfolks have disowned a few others and me
I guess it's 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?"
Hank, 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
Although 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 it's 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 nineteen-seventy-three
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 to put yourself in my unique position
If I get stoned and sing all night long, it's 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 22, 2007   Link

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