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Hank Williams Cold Cold Heart & More
On The Acoustic

Welcome to my Hank Williams Cold Cold Heart page where I've assembled a collection of free demo covers, chord sheets, rhythm tips and more on 11 great Hank Williams songs you can learn on the acoustic guitar. There will be more added over time.

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Hank Williams Cold Cold Heart & More
Chords, Lyrics, Demos, Tutorials

1. Cold Cold Heart

Cold Cold Heart was a #1 hit for Hank Williams in 1951. The song didn't appear on any album as Hank only recorded 2 albums in his short 6 year career but it didi appear on compilation albums after his death.

This one is on the "Memorial Album".

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes (optional)
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: A7, D, G
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2. Dear John

Dear John hit the airwaves in 1951 and reached #8 on the country charts for Hank. It was written by Tex Ritter and was the A-side to Cold Cold Heart, which became the #1 hit.

The track can be found on "The Unforgettable Hank Williams" album.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, A7
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3. Half As Much

Half As Much was not a favourite of Hank's, in fact he only recorded the songs because his producer Fred Rose insisted he record the song. Hank listened and ended up with a #2 hit in 1952.

The track can be found on the "Memorial Album".

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: A, D, A7, E7, G
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4. House Of Gold

House Of Gold was a hymn written by Hank Williams and was recorded as a demo only sometime between 1948 and 1949. MGM Records put the song as a B-side to the single "How Can You Refuse Him Now".

Hank Never recorded the song with his band.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: D, D7, G, A

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5. Jambalaya

Jambalaya went to #1 on the country charts for hank Williams in 1952. Hank wrote the lyrics but many think the melody he used came from a song called Grand Texas.

You'll find this one on an album called "Honky -Tonkin".

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, D

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6. Lonesome Whistle

Lonesome Whistle is believed to have been written by Hank Williams and Jimmie Davie in the early part of 1951 and it became a #9 country hit in the US.

The tack is on the album "Ramblin Man".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up and repeat  
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: A, D, D7, A7, G
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7. Long Gone Lonesome Blues

Long Gone Lonesome Blues was a #1 for Hank in 1951 and was his 2nd #1 hit. The song stayed at the top of the charts for 5 weeks. Bruce Springsteen got inspiration from this song and wrote his classic "The River".

This track can be found on the "Moanin The Blues" album.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: E, A, B7
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8. Lost Highway

Lost Highway was an earlier song from Hank Williams, hitting the airwaves in 1949. Leon Payne wrote this one and recorded it a year earlier in 1948. He wrote this song while hitch-hiking from California to Texas while waiting for rides.

He also wrote the song further down this list called They'll Never Take Her Love From Me. This one is on the album "Sing Me A Blue Song".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, A, G, Db
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9. Lovesick Blues

Lovesick Blues was a #1 for Hank in 1950. The song dates all the way back to 1922. Hank heard a recording from a 1939 recording by Rex Griffin that inspired him to do a version. He played it on the radio show Louisiana Hayride and the audience loved it.

The song was an instant hit. And Hanks producer didn't think he should record and release the song. The number is on the album "Moanin-The-Blues".

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: 3rd fret
  • Rhythm: root down up down up
  • Picking: 
  • Chords: D, A7, A, G, B7, E7, Gb, Ddim, Bm
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10. Someday You'll Call My Name

Someday You'll Call My Name was not released as a single during Hank's lifetime but was released as a B-side in 1955.

The track can be found on the "The Complete Hank Williams". 

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, G7, C, D7
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11. They'll Never Take Her Love From Me

They'll Never Take Her Love From Me was the 2nd song from Leon Payne that Hank recorded and released in 1950. The song was a B-side and peaked at #5 while the A-side, Why Should We Try Anymore, made it to #9.

Johnny Horton also had a hit with his version in 1961. The track can be found on Hank's album "Sing Me A Blue Song".

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, G7, C, D, D7
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12. You Win Again

You Win Again was originally called I Lose Again, but producer Fred Rose wanted the title changed. Hank has just gotten a divorce from his wife the day before this song was recorded and must have been a painful session and tough song to sing.

This song was a B-side to the up tempo number "Settin' The Woods On Fire" but still managed to reach #10 on the country charts. This one is also on the Hank Williams Memorial Album". 

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: a few riffs
  • Chords: D, A7, G
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Thank you for dropping by my Hank Williams Cold Cold Heart page and I hope you found the info presented here helpful.


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14. Honky Tonkin --->Buy Full Lesson
15. Mansion On The Hill --->Buy Full Lesson
16. I Can't help It If I'm Still In Love With You --->Buy Full Lesson
17. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry --->Buy Full Lesson
18. I Saw The Light --->Buy Full Lesson
19. Why Don't You Love Me Like You Used To Do --->Buy Full Lesson

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