Don Williams: 10 Essential Songs

From "Tulsa Time" to "Good Ole Boys Like Me," the key tracks of the country vocalist, who died September 8th at 78

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"Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good"

Williams sang so softly and easily, and his records were arranged so sparsely, that listeners are all but forced to attend to every word. Strange then that "Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good," long beloved as an ordinary man's earnest and humble morning prayer, hasn't been more widely recognized for what it is: country music's greatest expression of all-too-human hubris. Williams comes off as just a regular Job here, accusing God of perhaps forgetting him, suggesting specific plans to replace His mysterious ways, even flattering the Lord a little bit ("It would be easy for you!"), the better to get Him to do Don a solid and make this day a good one. Slyest of all is that Williams' down-on-his-knees delivery leaves us endorsing this everyday sacrilege – and singing along. D.C.

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