The Funeral Song Lyrics and Chords

Hank Williams

Hank Williams - The Funeral

 

The Funeral Song Lyrics and Chords by Hank Williams

 

The Funeral
Recorded by Hank Williams
Written by Eddie Brackett, Hank Williams, Fred Rose
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I was walking in Savannah  
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past a  
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church decayed and dim
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When slowly through the  
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window came a plaintive  
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funeral 
 
hymn
 
And my sympathy  
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awakened and a wonder  
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quickly 
 
grew
 
Until I  
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found myself enmired in a little colored  
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pew 
 
 
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Out  
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front a colored couple  
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sat in sorrow nearly  
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wild 
 
 
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On the  
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altar was a  
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coffin and in the  
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coffin was a  
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child
 
I could picture him while  
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livin’ curly hair protruding lips
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I’d seen perhaps a  
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thousand in my hurried  
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southern 
 
trips
 
Rose a  
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sad old  
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colored 
 
 
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preacher from his little  
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wooden 
 
desk
 
With a manner sort of  
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awkward 
 
 
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and countenance grotesque
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And he said now don’t be  
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weepin’ for this pretty  
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bit of clay
 
For the little boy who  
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lived 
 
 
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there has done gone and run away
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He was doin’ very  
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finely and he  
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appreciates your love
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But his sho'
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nuff father wanted him in that large house up above
 
The Lord  
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didn’t give you that  
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baby by no hundred thousand miles
 
He  
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just think you need  
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some sunshine so  
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he lent it for awhile
 
So he let you  
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keep and love it till your hearts were bigger grown
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And these silver  
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tears you’re sheddin’ now is  
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just interest on the loan
 
Just think  
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my poor dear mourners creepin’ along on sorrow’s way
 
What a blessed picnic this here  
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baby got today
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Your good  
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fathers and good mothers crowd the little fellow  
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round
 
In the angel’s tender garden of the  
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big 
 
planta
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tion 
 
ground
 
And his  
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eyes they brightly sparkle at  
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all the pretty things he  
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viewed
 
But then a tear came and he  
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whispered I want my  
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parents 
 
 
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too
 
But then the  
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angel’s chief musicians teach that little boy a  
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song
 
Says if  
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only they be  
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faith
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ful 
 
 
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they’ll soon be coming along
 
So my poor dejected  
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mourners let your hearts with  
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Jesus 
 
rest
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And don’t go to criticizing the one what knows the  
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best
 
He has  
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give us many comforts he’s got the right to take away
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To the Lord be  
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praised in  
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glory 
 
for
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ever and ever let us  
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pray

 

FAQ

 

Who sang the the song The Funeral?
– The song The Funeral was sang by Hank Williams.

 

Who is Hank Williams?
– Hiram “Hank” Williams (September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. Regarded as one of the most significant and influential American singers and songwriters of the 20th century, he recorded 35 singles (five released posthumously) that reached the top 10 of the Billboard Country & Western Best Sellers chart, including 11 that reached No. 1 (three posthumously).
Born and raised in Alabama, Williams was given guitar lessons by African-American blues musician Rufus Payne in exchange for meals or money. Payne, along with Roy Acuff and Ernest Tubb, had a major influence on Williams’s later musical style. Williams began his music career in Montgomery in 1937, when producers at local radio station WSFA hired him to perform and host a 15-minute program. He formed the Drifting Cowboys backup band, which was managed by his mother, and dropped out of school to devote his time to his career. When several of his band members were drafted during World War II, he had trouble with their replacements, and WSFA terminated his contract because of his alcoholism.
Williams married singer Audrey Sheppard, who was his manager for nearly a decade. After recording “Never Again” and “Honky Tonkin'” with Sterling Records, he signed a contract with MGM Records. In 1947, he released “Move It on Over”, which became a hit, and also joined the Louisiana Hayride radio program. One year later, he released a cover of “Lovesick Blues”, which carried him into the mainstream. After an initial rejection, Williams joined the Grand Ole Opry. He was unable to read or notate music to any significant degree. Among the hits he wrote were “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, “Hey, Good Lookin'”, and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”.
Years of back pain, alcoholism, and prescription drug abuse severely compromised Williams’s health. In 1952, he divorced Sheppard and married singer Billie Jean Horton. He was dismissed by the Grand Ole Opry because of his unreliability and alcoholism. On New Year’s Day 1953, he suffered from heart failure and died suddenly at the age of 29 in Oak Hill, West Virginia. Despite his relatively brief career, he is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century, especially in country music. Many artists have covered his songs and he has influenced Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones, George Strait, Charley Pride, and The Rolling Stones, among others. Williams was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1970, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. The Pulitzer Prize jury awarded him a posthumous special citation in 2010 for his “craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and played a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life”.

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