Original recording: Hank Williams, Castle Studio, Nashville, TN,
Jul 11, 1952 (master: 52-S-6067; original release: M-G-M 11318, Sep 1952);
possibly learned from Jerry Lee Lewis' Sun Records version.
*** NOTE: "Be Careful Of Stones That You Throw" (also covered by Dylan) stems from the same Hank Williams recording session.
For a similar treatment of the same topic, check out "20/20 Vision" and "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know" (also covered by Bob Dylan)***
..."You Win Again"... is one of the most masterful recordings in country music. Its theme of betrayal had grown old years before Hank tackled it, but, drawing from his bottomless well of resentment, he gives it a freshness bordering on originality. Apparently, Hank's first draft was titled "I Lose Again," but it was reversed at [Fred] Rose's insistence....
Colin Escott, Hank Williams: The Biography, Boston, 1995, p. 202
as reprinted in The Songs of Hank Williams, New York, no date, pp. 148-149.
The news is out all over town
That you've been seen a-runnin' 'round.
I know that I should leave, but then,
I just can't go, you win again.
This heart of mine could never see
What ev'rybody knew but me.
Just trusting you was my great sin,
What can I do? You win again.
I'm sorry for your victim now
'Cause soon his head like mine will bow.
He'll give his heart, but all in vain,
And someday say, you win again.
You have no heart, you have no shame,
You take true love and give the blame.
I guess that I should not complain,
I love you still, you win again.