It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels

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Sarah Barker
2014
J. D. Miller

Story

This song written by Jay Miller was an answer song to Hank Thompson’s 1952 hit ‘The Wild Side of Life’.  Kitty Wells recorded it in 1952, and had the first #1 single on Billboard’s C&W charts for a solo female vocalist.  Not only did it establish Kitty Wells’ as country music’s first major female star, but it also helped pave the way for every female country star who followed.

I love singing this song on its own merits, but also appreciate including such a ground-breaking traditional country song.  I hope you’ll enjoy listening to it as well!

Lyrics

As I sit here tonight the jukebox playing

Your song about the Wild Side of Life

As I listen to the words you are saying

It brings memories when I was a trusting wife

 

It wasn’t God who made honky tonk angels

As you said in the words of your song

Too many times married men think they’re still single

That has caused many a good girl to go wrong

 

It’s a shame that all the blame is on us women

It ain’t true that only you men feel the same

From the start most every heart that’s ever broken

Was because there always was a man to blame

 

It wasn’t God who made honky tonk angels

As you said in the words of your song

Too many times married men think they’re still single

That has caused many a good girl to go wrong

That has caused many a good girl to go wrong