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The first MGM session didn’t bring Williams his breakthrough hit, but with Move It On Over he laid down a valuable marker, hinting at how country, when mixed with blues, would soon evolve into rock’n’roll. That day’s work also yielded I Saw the Light. In an era where pop songwriters were still for the most part reporters, standing at a distance from their subject and describing it for the listener, Williams took the lessons he’d learned as a child from a black street musician, Rufus “Tee-Tot” Payne , back home in Montgomery, and wrote a very personal piece of blues-infused gospel music. The idea for the song came from a late-night ride back from a gig, with the driver – his domineering mother, Lillie – shouting to wake him because she’d seen the light at the nearby airfield, so knew they were just about home.


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