Lonesome, On'ry and Mean

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Lonesome, On'ry and Mean
Studio album by Waylon Jennings
Released March 1973
Recorded 1972
Genre Country, outlaw country
Label RCA Victor
Producer Ronny Light, Waylon Jennings
Waylon Jennings chronology
Ladies Love Outlaws
Lonesome, On'ry and Mean
Honky Tonk Heroes

Lonesome, On'ry and Mean is an album by Waylon Jennings, released on RCA Victor in 1973. It was, after Good Hearted Woman and Ladies Love Outlaws, the third in a series of albums which were to establish Jennings as one of the most prominent representatives of the country movement, reaching #8 on the country charts, with two top ten singles: "You Can Have Her" and "Pretend I Never Happened". The first album to be co-produced by Jennings himself, it allowed the singer more artistic freedom than he had been given earlier, this being the first of Jennings "outlaw" country albums. Among others, the record contains a version of Kris Kristofferson's classic "Me and Bobby McGee", as well as "Gone to Denver", a song penned in part by Johnny Cash but never recorded by him. The liner notes to the original release were written by Chet Flippo, a contributing editor to Rolling Stone. Lonesome, On'ry and Mean was re-released in 2003 with bonus tracks from the recording sessions and liner notes by Rich Kienzle. The title track was referenced by Jennings' son, Shooter Jennings, in his 2006 album Electric Rodeo in the song "Little White Lines": "Got myself in a little mess, got busted down around Abilene/I was goin' way too fast boys, feelin' lonesome, on'ry and mean".

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Track listing[edit]

  1. "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean" (Steve Young) – 3:41
  2. "Freedom to Stay" (Will Hoover) – 3:13
  3. "Lay It Down" (Gene Thomas) – 3:19
  4. "Gone to Denver" (Johnny Cash, Red Lane) – 2:32
  5. "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues" (Danny O'Keefe) – 3:24
  6. "You Can Have Her" (William S. Cook) – 2:44
  7. "Pretend I Never Happened" (Willie Nelson) – 3:05
  8. "San Francisco Mabel Joy" (Mickey Newbury) – 3:51
  9. "Sandy Sends Her Best" (Billy Ray Reynolds) – 2:37
  10. "Me and Bobby McGee" (Kris Kristofferson, Fred Foster) – 4:41

Bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Laid Back Country Picker" (Vince Matthews, Jim Casey) – 3:16
  2. "The Last One to Leave Seattle" (Waylon Jennings, Steve Norman) – 3:27
  3. "Big, Big Love" (Ray Carroll, Wynn Stewart) – 2:26