Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter performs “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” Live Video On Wembley.

Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter performs
Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter performs "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels" Live Video.

“It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” is a 1952 country song written by J. D. “Jay” Miller, and originally recorded by Kitty Wells. It was an answer song to the Hank Thompson hit “The Wild Side of Life.”

The song — which blamed unfaithful men for creating unfaithful women became the first No. 1 Billboard country hit for a solo female artist. In addition to helping establish Wells as country music’s first major female star, “It Wasn’t God…” paved the way for other female artists, particularly Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Tammy Wynette,and songs where women defied the typical stereotype of being submissive to men and putting up with their often unfaithful ways.

It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky-Tonk Angels lyrics

You wouldn’t read my letter if I wrote you
You asked me not to call you on the phone
But there’s something I’m wanting to tell you
So I wrote it in the words of this song
I didn’t know God made honky tonk angels
I might have known you’d never make a wife
You gave up the only one who ever loved you
And went back to the wild side of life

As I sit here tonight, the jukebox playin’
Your song about the wild side of life
As I listen to the words you are sayin’
It brings memories of when I was a trusting wife
It wasn’t God who made honky tonk angels
As you say in the words of your song
Too many times married men think they’re single
And it’s caused many a good girl to go wrong

It wasn’t God who made honky tonk angels
I might have known you’d never make a wife
Too many times married men think they’re single
And go back to the wild side of life
They go back to the wild side of life