Family Tradition Lyrics

 Family Tradition Lyrics
Family Tradition Lyrics

Hank Williams Jr.’s “Family Tradition” stands out from your typical country ballad. Forget about idyllic scenes with porch swings and sweet tea; this song is a rebellious anthem, boldly defying expectations and embracing a lineage filled with wild, whiskey-soaked tales. Launched in 1979, the track not only asserts musical independence but also reflects a personal philosophy. Williams Jr. charts his own course, steering away from the formidable shadow of his legendary father and diving headfirst into the realm of Southern rock.

Family Tradition Lyrics

[Verse 1]
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, they wanna know

[Chorus 1]
“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 made my prediction
So, if I get stoned, I’m just carrying on an old family tradition

[Verse 2]
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

[Chorus 2]
“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 and some ol’ slick’s trying to give me friction
I say, “Leave me alone, I’m singing all night long, it’s a family tradition”

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[Verse 3]
Lordy, 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’d you get in this condition?”
I said, “A-hey, Sawbones, I’m just carrying on an old family tradition”
So don’t ask me

[Chorus 3]
“Hank, why do you drink, Hank, why do you 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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