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Hank Williams Jr. sets to song John McCain/Sarah Palin talking points

October 13, 2008 |  5:05 pm

His father, dead before age 30, left a musical legacy that will live on as long as American songs are sung -- a lengthy list of classics that includes "Your Cheatin’ Heart," "I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry, "Hey, Good Lookin’" and "Honky Tonkin’."

Hank Williams Jr. can't match that. But then, few can. And at 59, he can claim a solidly successful career as an entertainer that includes a niche in popular culture as the kickoff act for "Monday Night Football."

Now he's made a foray into politics, penning new lyrics to a song he wrote called "Family Tradition" In the original tune, he linked himself to his dad's drinking and drug-abuse demons. The new version -- a paean to John McCain and Sarah Palin -- takes a decidedly different tack, as evident from its opening lines:


The left-wing liberal media have

Always been a real close knit family.

But most of the American People

Don’t believe 'em anyway, ya see.


An ABC News report on a Palin rally in Richmond, Va., today includes video of Williams performing the reworked song. And a more polished, studio version of it can be listened to below:

-- Don Frederick