Eyes of Waylon
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This Classic Waylon Jennings Tribute is Country Music at its Finest


Music legend Waylon Jennings helped pave the way for the outlaw country movement. He passed away on February 13, 2002, due to complications from diabetes, but fans will continue to follow his music for years to come.

Just a few days after Jennings' death, following a 20 year absence from the Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville, Hank Williams Jr performed alongside country stars Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt to pay homage to the musician. "Eyes of Waylon," from Williams 1995 album, Hog Wildwas included in their set.

Hank Jr. told CMT that he was inspired to write the song after running into Jennings and his wife Jessi Colter on an airplane.

"We got to sit together and shoot the breeze -- and I had a chance to show him the song I had just written that day. I know he wouldn't care me tellin' he had tears in his eyes that day -- especially not today when we've all got 'em."


Below is their iconic performance, honoring Jennings' legacy.

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"Eyes of Waylon" Lyrics:

When it comes to real rounders, there's only one
That was better than I was at havin' some fun
Now it's true he shows grey in his beard
Does that mean he's history, or is he a pillar and a peer


This music called country, somethin' we all make
No, it didn't just happen cause of the latest rage
Soon he was the biggest thing to come along in Nashville in those days
He sang his song called "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way"
I don't know if he did or not but I sure know what I saw
The 1st triple platinum in that town was hanging on his wall
Radio will play him until the end of time
Because he's a real legend not the phony kind

And I looked in the eyes of Waylon
And there I saw things that I'd never seen before
I saw a father and a brother and a friend
I saw the nights we spent while out on the road
It's not the money, it's not the fame, it's not the ladies
And the eyes of Waylon just told me so

Yes, I looked in the eyes of Waylon
There I learned things that I better know
And if I doubted there is a hillbilly heaven
The eyes of Waylon just told me so
And if I doubted there is a hillbilly heaven
The eyes of old Waylon just told me so

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