Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down
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|"Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down"|
|Single by Ray Stevens|
|from the album Have a Little Talk with Myself|
|Producer(s)||Jim Malloy, Ray Stevens|
|Ray Stevens singles chronology|
|"Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down"|
|Single by Johnny Cash|
|from the album The Johnny Cash Show|
|B-side||"I'm Gonna Try to Be That Way"|
|Johnny Cash singles chronology|
Johnny Cash's version
The biggest success for the song came from the Johnny Cash performance, which had been taped live at the Ryman Auditorium during a taping of The Johnny Cash Show as part of a "Ride This Train" segment, with filmed background visuals showing a down and out wanderer roaming around the Public Square area of Shelbyville, Tennessee. Cash introduced the song with the following monologue:
"You know, not everyone who has been on 'the bum' wanted it that way. The Great Depression of the 30s set the feet of thousands of people—farmers, city workers—it set 'em to ridin' the rails. My Daddy was one of those who hopped a freight train a couple of times to go and look for work. He wasn't a bum. He was a hobo but he wasn't a bum. I suppose we've all....all of us 'been at one time or another 'drifter at heart', and today like yesterday there's many that are on that road headin' out. Not searchin' maybe for work, as much as for self-fulfillment, or understanding of their life...trying to find a *meaning* for their life. And they're not hoppin' freights much anymore. Instead they're thumbin' cars and diesel trucks along the highways from Maine to Mexico. And many who have drifted...including myself...have found themselves no closer to peace of mind than a dingy backroom, on some lonely Sunday morning, with it comin' down all around you."
With the monologue edited off, it would appear on the soundtrack LP The Johnny Cash Show the following year, as well as being issued as a single (Columbia Records 4-45211). Cash's version won the Country Music Association Award for Song of the Year in 1970 and hit number one on the country chart.
Roy Clark included a version on his 1970 album I Never Picked Cotton.
Frankie Laine recorded a version for his 1977 British album Life is Beautiful.
According to Kristofferson, Cash was told to change the line "I'm wishing Lord that I was stoned" when he performed it on his TV show, but he refused to comply. In a 2013 interview, Kristofferson said the song "opened up a whole lot of doors for me. So many people that I admired, admired it. Actually, it was the song that allowed me to quit working for a living."
Phil "Swill" Odgers from The Men They Couldn't Hang recorded a version for his 2013 solo album "The Godforsaken Voyage".
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||55|
|US Billboard Hot 100||81|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||46|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||59|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|US Billboard Hot 100||46|
|US Billboard Adult Contemporary||13|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||30|
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 75.
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- "Soul's Core". Allmusic. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
- "Wilson Covers "Sunday Morning Coming Down"". CMT News. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
- Commentary on DVD release The Johnny Cash TV Show 1969-1971, Sony Columbia Legacy, 2007
- Kris Kristofferson On Writing For — And Outliving — His Idols
- "Ray Stevens Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
- "Ray Stevens Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
- "Johnny Cash Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
- "Johnny Cash Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
- Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 44.
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