Coming just before Haiti native Wycliff Jean’s close, Dave Mathews and Neil Young provided the artistic, emotional climax to the ‘Hope Haiti TV Special with a moving rendition of Hank Williams’ hymn to despair ‘Alone and Forsaken’. (More to Come)
‘Alone and forsaken’ was first released in the mid fifties on the ‘Moanin The Blues’ album. Mike Taylor at the Hank Williams Discography which is linked at the side, says the recording on ‘Moaning The Blues’ came from the Johnny Fair Syrup radio broadcasts in Shreveport. Apparently it was never recorded for MGM.
MTV says “Emmy Lou Harris captured the isolation in the song on the ‘Timeless’ album, as did Dave Mathews and Neil Young whose performance (Friday Night)underscored the seriousness of Hope for Haiti Now.”
The Los AnglesTimes like MTV thought the Hank Williams’ song perfectly caught the spirit of the Hope for Haiti event:
And then there was the unexpected pairing of Neil Young and Dave Matthews. Strumming guitars, the pair sang a spectral version of the Hank Williams song “Alone and Forsaken” that forced listeners to acknowledge the depth of pain in Haiti that no amount of charity can heal.
Not everyone agreed that this was the most touching moment in the concert, New York Times c alled the pairing of Mathews and Young “awkward”.