Walkin’ After Midnight – Patsy Cline

June 24, 2022

“Walkin’ After Midnight” was Patsy Cline’s first hit single. It peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Country Music Chart, and number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was extremely popular and the album it appears on, Patsy Cline, sold over 100 copies. The single, “Walking After Midnight,” is regarded as one of the all-time greatest songs in country music. 

Patsy Cline herself is considered one the most influential vocalists of the 20th century. She was one of the first musicians to successfully make the transition from country music to pop music and make waves on both charts. 

Fun Facts 

  • Patsy Cline was born on September 8, 1932, in Winchester, Virginia.
  • The single “Walkin’ after Midnight” was originally offered to Kay Starr. However, Kay Starr’s record label rejected the song.
  • The song was left unused until the songwriter Don Hecht re-discovered it and rewrote it together with Alan Block.
  • Lynn Howard did the first recording. Her version was released in August 1956.
  • Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ after Midnight” was released on February 11, 1957.
  • She recorded the hit single on November 8, 1956
  • She was married twice in her lifetime to Geral Cline and Charlie Dick. She had two children.
  • Patsy Cline died aged 30, on March 6, 1963, in a plane crash.

Lyrics

I go out walkin’ after midnight

Out in the moonlight

Just like we used to do, I’m always walkin’

After midnight, searchin’ for you (wa-wa-walking, wa-wa-walking)

I walk for miles along the highway

Well, that’s just my way

Of sayin’ I love you, I’m always walkin’

After midnight, searchin’ for you (wa-wa-walking, wa-wa-walking)

I stop to see a weepin’ willow

Cryin’ on his pillow

Maybe he’s cryin’ for me

And as the skies turn gloomy

Night winds whisper to me

I’m lonesome as I can be

I go out walkin’ after midnight

Out in the moonlight

Just hopin’ you may be somewhere a-walkin’

After midnight, searchin’ for me (Wa-wa-walking, wa-wa-walking)

I stop to see a weepin’ willow

Cryin’ on his pillow

Maybe he’s cryin’ for me

And as the skies turn gloomy

Night winds whisper to me

I’m lonesome as I can be

I go out walkin’ after midnight

Out in the moonlight

Just hopin’ you may be somewhere a-walkin’

After midnight, searchin’ for me (wa-wa-walking, wa-ooh-ah)

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