About the song

Ah, yes, “Lovesick Blues” by the iconic George Strait. Now that’s a song that takes us on a journey through the timeless territory of heartache. Released in 1992 on Strait’s album “Chill of An Early Fall”, it might surprise some to learn this wasn’t an original composition of the “King of Country” himself.

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“Lovesick Blues” actually has a rich history dating back to the early days of American popular music, a genre known as Tin Pan Alley. Composed by Cliff Friend with lyrics by Irving Mills, the song first appeared in the 1922 musical “Oh, Ernest”. Early recordings by artists like Elsie Clark and Emmett Miller helped establish its presence, but it wasn’t until the late 1930s and 40s that “Lovesick Blues” truly captured the American heart.

Enter Country Music legend Hank Williams. Some credit performances by Rex Griffin for inspiring Williams, but there’s no denying the magic Williams weaved with his rendition. Despite initial resistance from his producer, Williams’ heartfelt delivery and the song’s relatable themes of lovesickness struck a chord with audiences. Released in 1949, Hank Williams’ version of “Lovesick Blues” became a runaway success, cementing its place as a cornerstone of Country Music.

So, why revisit this classic with George Strait decades later? Well, Strait’s interpretation brings a fresh perspective while staying true to the song’s core. His signature smooth vocals and backing band, known as The Ace in the Hole Band, deliver a powerful yet nuanced performance. The arrangement is a masterclass in balancing tradition and modern sensibilities. The steel guitar cries with the protagonist’s pain, the rhythm section lays down a solid foundation, and Strait’s voice conveys the depth of his character’s despair.

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But “Lovesick Blues” is more than just about stellar musicianship. It’s about the evocative storytelling that’s ingrained in Country Music’s DNA. The lyrics paint a vivid picture of a lovesick soul, one left pining and heartbroken after a goodbye. Lines like “I got a feelin’ called the blues, oh Lord / Since my baby said goodbye” and “All I do is sit and sigh, oh Lord / The last long day she said goodbye” are simple yet profoundly effective. They capture the universality of heartache, a feeling that transcends generations.

So, as the opening chords of “Lovesick Blues” by George Strait ring out, prepare to be transported to a world of emotional vulnerability. It’s a testament to the enduring power of this song, a reminder that even the greatest Country stars can breathe new life into classics, offering a fresh take on a timeless tale of love and loss.

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Lyrics

“Lovesick Blues”

I got a feeling called the blues oh lord
Since my baby said goodbye.
Hey lord I don’t know what I’ll do.
All I do is sit and sigh oh lord.

The last long day she said goodbye, Lord I thought I would cry.
She’ll do me, she’ll do you, she’s got that kind of lovin’.
Lord I love to hear her when she calls me sweet daddy.
Such a beautiful dream.

I hate to think it’s all over; I lost my heart it seems.
I’ve grown so used to you somehow,
But I’m nobody’s sugar daddy now.
And I’m lonesome, I got the lovesick blues.

Yeah I’m in love, I’m in love with a beautiful girl,
That’s what’s the matter with me.
Yeah I’m in love, I’m in love with a beautiful girl,
But she don’t care about me.

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And lord I tried and tried to keep her satisfied,
But that girl wouldn’t stay.
And now that she is leavin’ this is all I can say.
I got a feeling called the blues…