Listen: Sam Williams Faces a Season of Sadness In New Song “I Hate the Holidays”

The holiday season can be a time of togetherness, but it can also spark feelings of sadness and isolation. Singer/songwriter Sam Williams offers solidarity to anyone trying to navigate complex emotions as the year comes to a close.

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Released on Friday (November 3), “I Hate the Holidays” offers an alternative perspective on the festive season. Williams’ achingly honest delivery elevates the song’s message of dread for a time that once brought so much joy. 

I hate the holidays and all the ways they make me feel alone
Somewhere along the way, the magic faded and turned to stone

“The holiday season has always been a little tough for me, but more so after losing a lot of my family,” Williams shared in a statement. “It can’t be a time of celebration for everyone… really cold weather and seeing perfect holiday cards kind of bother me, so I made this record.”

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Although the heartache-driven song is a stark contrast from most holiday-themed tunes, it offers a cathartic listen for anyone struggling during this time of celebration.

“I believe just knowing other folks feel things you do too can help a little bit,” he adds. “Nonetheless, I hope everyone has a beautiful season in spite of pain and holds their loved ones close.”

“I Hate the Holidays” is Williams’ first release since sharing a cover of his late grandfather Hank Williams‘ trademark hit, “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” The stirring cover was recorded to help mark what would have been Hank’s 100th birthday

[RELATED: Sam Williams Covers Grandfather Hank Williams’ 1949 Hit “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”]

Sam Williams’ most recent full-length record, Glasshouse Children, arrived in 2021. Following a brief break for the holiday season, Williams is expected to share more new music early next year.

Photo by Katie Kauss, Courtesy of Mercury Nashville

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