Honky Tonkin’

The History of Rock Music (songs)

Honky Tonkin’

When you are sad and lonely and have no place to go

Call me up, sweet baby, and bring along some dough

And we’ll go Honky Tonkin’, Honky Tonkin’

Honky Tonkin’, Honey Baby

We’ll go Honky Tonkin’ ’round this town.

 

When you and your baby have a fallin’ out

Just call me up sweet mama and we’ll go steppin’ out

And we’ll go Honky Tonkin’, Honky Tonkin’

Honky Tonkin’, Honey Baby

We’ll go Honky Tonkin’ ’round this town.

We’re goin’ to the city – to the city fair

 

If you go to the city then you will find me there

And we’ll go Honky Tonkin’, Honky Tonkin’

Honky Tonkin’, Honey Baby

We’ll go Honky Tonkin’ ’round this town.

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E. Manet

 

“Honky Tonkin'” is a 1948 country music song, written and recorded by Hank Williams (1923-1953) the biggest star in the history of this kind of music

Honky tonk songs talked about love, sorrow, cheating, drinking and dancing, with a lot of hopelessness, both romantic and alcoholic.

Honky tonks were bars in which people gathered to listen to country music, dance and have a good time, and which were common in the South and Southwest United States.
Many important country music artists started their careers as amateur musicians in those places.
The first printed use of the word, at the end of the XIX century, referred to a cheap dance hall featuring gambling and  burlesque shows, or, in another article published in 1897 by the “New York Sun”,  to a place “where gambling, drinking, and all manner of vice prevailed” .

TRADUZIONE IN ITALIANO:

Honky tonkin’  (Il giro delle bettole)

Quando sei triste e solo e non hai nessun posto in cui andare
vieni a trovarmi, bellezza, e porta un po’ di grana
così andremo a fare il giro delle bettole qui in città.

Quando tu e il tuo uomo avete un diverbio
vieni a trovarmi, dolcezza: andremo fuori
e faremo il giro delle bettole, qui in città.

Se vieni in città mi troverai
e andremo a fare il giro delle bettole dolcezza, qui in città.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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