The Real Crazy Heart

I rented “Crazy Heart” to see Jeff Bridges and I gotta say the movie was underwhelming (and from the Left Bank DVD hipster rental house just up the block from Los Angeles Street, where people sleep in tents on the sidewalk, the copy of “The Hangover” was so scratched I can’t watch it…) but I did discover that the Bad Blake character is based on two of my favorites in country music — Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson.

But there also is another crazy heart involved — Hank Thompson, who has some killer title in his discography — I mean, “A Six Pack to Go” was way ahead of its time in 1960…

“Kindly keep it country”

1958 “Squaws Along the Yukon” & “I’ve Run Out of Tomorrows”
1959 “You’re going back to your old ways again”
1960 “A Six Pack to Go”
1961 “Hangover Tavern”
1965 “Luckiest Heartache in Town”
1966 “Where is the Circus”
1974 “Who Left the Door to Heaven Open”
1975 “That’s Just My Truckin’ Luck”
1978 “I’m Just Gettin’ By”
1980 “Tony’s Tank-Up, Drive-In Café”
1982 “Cocaine Blues” & “Driving Nails in My Coffin”
1997 “Gotta Sell Them Chickens” (with Jr. Brown)

Hank Thompson

AND, he has the same birthday as me — only 40 years difference! — and today is November 6, 2010. Here’s to you Hank, who didn’t have a funeral, per his request, but a ‘celebration of life.’ See you in heaven Hank because as your song says, “Who Left the Door to Heaven Open?”

Hank Thompson
September 3, 1925 – November 6, 2007

Visit Hank’s final resting place: Waco Memorial Park, 7537 S. Interstate 35, Waco, Texas. Thompson Plot: E101, Space 4&5. (Section E, Plot 101). For directions call 254-662-1051.

Who Left the Door to Heaven Open

“Someone must have known that I was lonely
That’s why they sent you to me from above
I know someone must have heard me crying
And gave me such an angel that I love
Who left the door to heaven open
Who turned their head for a moment
Who told you that my heart was broken
And who left the door to heaven open
Heaven just can’t be the same without you
I guess you must have been their brightest star
And, tonight, I know the angels all will miss you
But they know just exactly where you are…”
(Repeat chorus)

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