Men With Broken Hearts Lyrics - Hank Williams
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You'll meet many just like me upon life's busy street
With shoulders stooped and heads bowed low and eyes that stare in defeat
Poor souls that live within the past where sorrow plays all parts
Where a living death is all that's left for men with broken hearts
You have no right to be the judge to criticize and condemn
Just think but for the grace of God it would be you instead of him
One careless step a thoughtless deed and then the misery starts
And to those who weep death comes cheap these men with broken hearts
Oh so humble you should be when they come passing by
For it's written that the greatest men never get too big to cry
Some lose faith in love and life when sorrow shoots her darts
And with hope all gone they walk alone these men with broken hearts
You've never walked in that man's shoes or saw things through his eyes
Or stood and watched with helpless hands while the heart inside you dies
Some were paupers some were kings and some were masters of the arts
But in their shame they're all the same these men with broken hearts
Life sometimes can be so cruel that a heart will pray for death
God why must these living dead know pain with every breath
So help your brother along the road no matter where he starts
For the God that made you made them too these men with broken hearts
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This song triggers memories of my late brother who loved Hank's music. Carol | Reviewer: Carol Crocker | 7/6/09
I just watched the movie on Bravo and this last song really cut through to the deep place that holds my brother within me. He died in 1999. I remember him playing those 78's on his top of the line phonograph back then. I remember my brother experiencing some pretty emotional upheavals and always turned to music to help. I used to think that listening to this type of music would make you feel worse but he always said that instilled a quietness in him. Now, I know what he meant. I appreciate the words of this song because it does remind us that men as well as women have emotions and that we can help each other experience them instead of squashing them where they can cause further heartache. Lovely men were Hank and my beautiful brother. A tribute to all of the men with broken hearts. Safe mending!
The Show He Never Gave | Reviewer: Anne | 3/25/09
There is a movie (and a play) called Hank Williams:The Show He Never Gave, in which a man called Sneezy Waters plays the role of Hank. In the movie, time switches back and forth between the back seat of the car Hank died in on his way to a New Year's Eve show, and that imaginary show. Featured at the end of the show, Hank sings Men With Broken Hearts. Along with I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, my personal favorite Hank Williams' song, this other song I never heard before brought big tears rolling down my cheeks. This brilliant performer and songwriter from the mid 20th century will never be forgotten. He suffered enough in this world to send him straight to the next and better one.
hank my hero | Reviewer: berlin boy | 3/26/08
I'm from germany (and probably the only Hank fan , so I've never met another) and sometimes I've trouble to understand a lyric but not this time because everyone on each continent
understands a broken heart
and feels the same when he has a broken heart
and hopefully we'll soon learn to help each other through songs like this
and although I read that Hank never was a big fan of other countries probably especially not of Germany when he watched the news in the 1940's I'll stay your biggest 18-year old fan in whole europe
thy burdens are greater than mine oh how right you still are
this song is so true to my life | Reviewer: Robert | 12/4/07
In January 2007 My wife and son were killed in a car accident this song tells how I feel each day to go through time with a broken heart ,and there are still people who will help thier brother , I only wish they could have saved you ,God bless you Hank.
This was my GRANDPA! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/28/07
My Dad let me listen to this years ago. Not only do I have it on cassette, I wrote it down on paper, as well, to keep in my purse. Why?
My Grandpa went missing in 1962 from Arlington, TX. We knew he'd been "running from life" and that he'd been "hopping the rails". He was a very sad and lonely man. When my Mom told me about him 30 years ago when I was about 14 years, something deep within told me that one day I would find the grandfather that disappeared a year before I was born. After hearing this song, I knew this was written, in a sense, for my beloved grandfather. In 2002, I went to searching for my missing grandfather. Took me 3 months of exhaustive searching, but I finally found him deceased in California since Jan. 2, 1968. Grandpa was found dead lying along Market St. in Pixley,CA. A transient, his obituary said. Yes, Hank knew it all and was the best that I know of. And he was lonely,too. Sometimes I feel I was meant to here this song and that it would one day inspire me to find the grandfather I never knew. You can read about my grandfather at www.doenetwork.org under Doenetwork Solved Cases. His name is William Ray Peters. Thanks for the inspiration, Hank. I pray you are resting in beautiful and blessed peace. Thank you for the beautiful music you gave to the world. You will never be lonely again. Jo Layne, TX
Touching Us | Reviewer: don | 6/24/07
JFK did it, Diana did it, Elvis did it, Woody did it. Others did it. But no one, absolutely no one, did it as Hank did it. He got closer to our soul than anyone. So we all get up in the morning and go about our daily lives, more than half a century after his death, "too cool" to let anyone know what he did to us. And no one said that better than he did. "I'll cry myself to sleep, and wake up smiling. I'll miss you but no one will ever know."
No wonder they call him the father of modern country! | Reviewer: Dave | 2/11/06
A truly impeccable song written by a humble, decent man with some fatal habits. People today are better aquainted with Hank's self destructive habits than they are with the genius of the man. This song, narrated in Hank's quiet, haunting voice implores us to "help your brother along the road no matter where he starts. Because the God that made you...made them too...these men with broken hearts." A truth no longer preached by Nashville. God rest your soul Hank Williams, and thank you for not speaking about lifes struggles, but THUNDERING it so tactfully. You are sorely missed, bro.
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