Hank Williams performs “Settin’ the Woods on Fire” Original Single 1952.

The song reached number # 2 on the charts of U.S Hot Country Songs. The song was included in the first album that was released after his death, Memorial Album (MGM 1953).

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Settin’ the Woods on Fire:

Settin ‘The Woods On Fire, written song Fred Rose and Edward Nelson, was recorded by Hank Williams With His Drifting Cowboys, was recorded on June 13, 1952, in Castle Studio at The Tulane Hotel, 206 8th Ave. North, Nashville 3, TN, in the recording: Hank Williams & Drifting Cowboys: Sammy Pruett (electric guitar), Eddie Hill (rhythm guitar), Don Helms (steel), Ernie Newton and Cedric Rainwater (bass), Fred Rose and Owen Bradley (piano) and Jerry Rivers (fiddle). With the production of Fred Rose, the song was released in September 1952. The song reached number # 2 on the charts of U.S Hot Country Songs.

Lp cover Hank Williams ( MGM 1953 )
Lp cover Hank Williams ( MGM 1953 )

The song was included in the first album that was released after his death, Memorial Album (MGM 1953).

While Hank Williams’ down-and-out singles tend to get more attention (see “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “Your Cheatin ‘Heart”), the giddy songs from Williams’ up-cycle swings were phenomenal too. That goes for this fight-for-your-right-to-party invitation to date night, to weekend call to arms for the honky-tonk set that perfectly predates modern country bonfires-and-booze songs by Florida Georgia Line and Brantley Gilbert. “Settin ‘the Woods on Fire” is Williams at his goofiest, rhyming “silly” with “dilly” and “chili” while working “a little time to fix a flat or two” into the evening’s itinerary.

Single Johnny Burnette ( Librty 1959 )
Single Johnny Burnette ( Librty 1959 )

Some versions:

Porter Wagoner 1952 (RCA Victor)
Johnny Burnette 1959 (Coral)
Johnny Rebb & His Rebels 1960 (Leedon)
George Jones 1960 (Mercury)
Don Gibson 1962 (RCA Victor)
Hank Williams, Jr. & Lois Johnson 1970 (MGM)
Jerry Lee Lewis 1971 (Sun Records)
Little Richard 1971 (Reprise Records)
Vernon Oxford 1978 (Meteor)
Katy Moffatt 1990 (Philo)
Chris Ledoux 1991 (Capitol)

Hank Williams – Settin’ the Woods on Fire Lyrics

You sing loud and I’ll sing louder tonight we’re settin’ the woods on fire
You’re my gal and I’m your feller dress up in your frock of yeller
I’ll look swell but you’ll look sweller settin’ the woods on fire
We’ll take in all the honky tonks tonight we’re havin’ fun
We’ll show the folks a brand new dance that never has been done
I don’t care who thinks we’re silly you’ll be daffy and I’ll be dilly
We’ll order up two bowls of chili settin’ the woods on fire
[ steel – fiddle ]
I’ll gas up my hot rod stoker we’ll get hotter than a poker
You’ll be broke but I’ll be broker tonight we’re settin’ the woods on fire
We’ll sit close to one another up one street and down the other
We’ll have us a time oh brother settin’ the woods on fire
We’ll put aside a little time to fix a flat or two
My tires and tubes are doin’ fine but the air is showin’ through
You clap hands and I’ll start bowin’ we’ll do all the laws allowin’
Tomorrow I’ll be right back plowin’ settin’ the woods on fire

Single Hank Williams ( MGM 1952 )
Single Hank Williams ( MGM 1952 )

Miquel Batlle
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