Ramblin' Man (song)

Ramblin' Man (song)

"Ramblin' Man" is a song written in 1951 by Hank Williams. It was released as the B-side to the 1953 #1 hit "Take These Chains from My Heart", as well as to the 1976 re-release of "Why Don't You Love Me". It's also included on the "40 Greatest Hits", a staple of his CD re-released material.

The song is notable for the simplicity of its structure, relying upon a 2-chord, minor-key, rhythm guitar figure and alternating minimal accompaniment from fiddle and steel guitar. It also features Williams' trademark "yodel". The song's 3-verses, all ending in the title line, are sang straight through with no pause for instrumental solos. The song tells the story of a man trapped in his drifting ways, doomed to break his lover's heart. Tales of wanders were a common theme for Williams, and consequently, Country Music as a whole.

The Allman Brothers also released their own song called Ramblin' Man in 1973.

Lanegan & Isobel version

Infobox Single
Name = Ramblin' Man

Artist = Mark Lanegan & Isobel Campbell
from Album = Ballad of the Broken Seas
A-side =
B-side = "(Do You Wanna) Come Walk with Me?" "Revolver, Pt. 2" "St. James Infirmary"
Released = December, 2005
Format = CD
Recorded =
Genre = Alternative rock
Jangle pop
Length = 3:29
Label = V2 Records (UK)
Instincts Records (US)
Writer = Hank Williams
Producer = Isobel Campbell
Chart position =
Chronology = Mark Lanegan singles
Last single = "Hit the City"
This single = "Ramblin' Man"
Next single = "Honey Child What Can I Do?"
Misc = Extra chronology
Artist = Isobel Campbell singles
Last single = "Time Is Just the Same"
This single = "Ramblin' Man"
Next single = "Honey Child What Can I Do?"
"Ramblin' Man" is a single released by former Belle & Sebastian member Isobel Campbell and former Screaming Trees member Mark Lanegan. The single was released in December 2005.

Track listing

#"Ramblin' Man" (Hank Williams) - 3:29
#"(Do You Wanna) Come Walk with Me?" (Campbell) - 3:27
#"Revolver, Pt. 2" (Lanegan) - 1:49
#"St. James Infirmary" - 2:28

Cover versions

* Willams's grandson, Hank Williams III, performed the song with The Melvins on the 1999 album "The Crybaby".
* Steve Young covered the song on his 1975 album "Honky Tonk Man".
* The Residents covered the song on their album "Stars & Hank Forever", a double tribute to Willams and John Philip Sousa.
* Albert Kuvezin and Yat-Kha covered the song on their 2005 album "Re-Covers".
* The song was also performed by Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan on the 2006 album "Ballad of the Broken Seas".
* The song was also covered by Cat Power on the 2008 album "Jukebox"


*Mark Lanegan - Vocals
*Joshua Blanchard - Engineer
*Isobel Campbell - Arranger, Producer, Mixing
*Dave Paterson - Engineer, Mixing
*Eric Weaver - Engineer

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