Settin' The Woods On Fire

"Settin' the Woods on Fire" was a single by Hank Williams released in September 1952. The song reached #2 on U.S. Billboard's Most Played by Jockeys chart and number 2 on the National Best Sellers chart.


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You can play along in the same key as Hank Williams, but I've shortened the instrumental for group play!

Although it sounds remarkably like a Hank Williams composition, "Settin' the Woods on Fire" was written by Hank's song publisher and producer Fred Rose and an elderly New Yorker, Ed G. Nelson. Williams recorded it with Rose producing at Castle Studio on June 13, 1952 in Nashville, with Jerry Rivers (fiddle), Don Helms (steel guitar), and Harold Bradley (rhythm guitar), while it is speculated that Chet Atkins played lead guitar and Ernie Newton played bass. The song peaked at #2, while the B-side, "You Win Again," climbed to number 10.

The song was recorded by other artists as well including a duet by Jo Stafford and Frankie Laine. In 2007, an episode of The Batman was released called "Two of a Kind", in which Joker and Harley Quinn sing the song while causing chaos in Gotham City.

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