EULOGY FOR GEORGE JONES by A.D. Winans

Rusty Truck

 

You moved from Honky Tonker
To elder statesman
In a career that lasted over fifty years
With over fifty albums to your credit
And number One hits that spanned five decades

Undisputed heavy weight champion
Of traditional country music
Linked to your idol
Hank Williams

Nick–named “No Show” Jones
For you reputation of not showing-up
At concerts with long battles
With alcohol and drugs

In 1955 you recorded
“Why baby why?”
And I was hooked
As i was with Hank Williams
And would be with Outlaw singers
Willie Nelson, Meryl Haggard,
Waylon Jennings and David Allen Coe

Like Williams you were a purist
Who would never be called a phony
Turning down the opportunity
To cut a  record  with James Taylor
And refusing to meet Neil Young back stage
Saying you did not know them

You sang songs that told the life
Of everyday working men and women
Saying…

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~ by harryc13 on April 27, 2013.

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