Keith Whitley – “Hard Livin”

This song will always be one of my favorite Country songs, and the late, great Keith Whitley will always be my favorite Country Male singer. Keith had one of the most beautiful voices that were raw, timeless, and never faltered. He was so talented and left us way too soon!  There was so much more music left in him to gift to the rest of us who loved him and enjoyed listening to him!

‘Hard Livin,” is a song written by David Halley, was recorded by Keith Whitley for the RCA label, it was recorded in May 1986, in Eleven Eleven Studio, Nashville, TN, with the production of Blake Mevis, the song was released on March 14, 1987, was the fifth single from the album LA to Miami, on May 23, 1987, reached number # 10 on the U.S Hot Country Songs charts, it stayed 16 weeks on the charts.

The song was included in Keith’s first studio album, L.A. to Miami (RCA 1985), the album was released on October 28, 1985, on September 13, 1986, reached number # 26 on the charts of U.S. Top Country Albums, the album remained 57 weeks on the charts.

Song Lyrics –

Well you can call out the sheriff and the highway patrol
Cause there’s a fool on the road careenin’ out of control
Hard liquor fast women I just can’t let ’em be
Lord, I wish hard livin’ didn’t come so easy for me

Well I keep my motor runnin’ got my beer on the ice
And my idea of heaven is a pair of dice
Seven come on eight set this poor boy free
Lord, I wish hard livin’ didn’t come so easy for me

Bright lights Saturday night I had a couple and I’m feeling alright
My cupcake she can wiggle and shake spend more money than anybody makes.

So give me a shot of that octane juice
You know where ain’t no cure for the honky-tonk blues
And if they come up with somethin’ I’ll develop an immunity
And I wish hard livin’ didn’t come easy for me

Out on the town just a foolin’ around
Hey I got my mind on the lost and found
Step up no need to be shy
All right pretty women you got the ticket to ride

When my tires are flat and I’m out of gas
I promise myself I’ll let the next one pass
Lord, I wish that a promise didn’t break so easily
And I wish hard livin’ didn’t come easy for me
Hey I wish hard livin’ didn’t come easy for me



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