"Sunday Morning Coming Down" as written by and Kris Kristofferson....
Well, I woke up Sunday morning
With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt
And the beer I had for breakfast wasn't bad
So I had one more for dessert
Then I fumbled in my closet through my clothes
And found my cleanest dirty shirt
Then I washed my face and combed my hair
And stumbled down the stairs to meet the day

I'd smoked my mind the night before
With cigarettes and songs I'd been picking
But I lit my first and watched a small kid
Playing with a can that he was kicking
Then I walked across the street
And caught the Sunday smell of someone's frying chicken
And Lord, it took me back to something that I'd lost
Somewhere, somehow along the way

On a Sunday morning sidewalk
I'm wishing, Lord, that I was stoned
'Cause there's something in a Sunday
That makes a body feel alone
And there's nothing short a' dying
That's half as lonesome as the sound
Of the sleeping city sidewalk
And Sunday morning coming down

In the park I saw a daddy
With a laughing little girl that he was swinging
And I stopped beside a Sunday school
And listened to the songs they were singing
Then I headed down the street
And somewhere far away a lonely bell was ringing
And it echoed through the canyons
Like the disappearing dreams of yesterday

On a Sunday morning sidewalk
I'm wishing, Lord, that I was stoned
'Cause there's something in a Sunday
That makes a body feel alone
And there's nothing short a' dying
That's half as lonesome as the sound
Of the sleeping city sidewalk
And Sunday morning coming down


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"Sunday Morning Coming Down" as written by Kris Kristofferson

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    General CommentNo, I think it's about someone who came home drunk as a skunk on a Saturday night and was sleeping his hangover off and now everything's worse around him becuase he sees what all he could have had.
    JoeyRamone65on August 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentgreat song. you should check out the version by the handsome family.
    hang on to a dreamon September 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song means what it says it was written by Kris Kristopherson an unsung hero in the world of music
    he lived the life as well
    timmy8979on April 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwow! yes, the handsome family. I was about to suggest the same thing.
    dorareeveron October 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song almost sounds like something I would hear at a church service where the singer ends up being redeemed before the LORD. I was shocked to learn that Kris Kristofferson wrote this tune. He's one of the best classic songwriters of music and he's a legend. The man actually on his way to receive his first ever country music award. He was dressed in a bad suit and he looked like a hippie from Woodstock at the time. As Chuck D said about Nirvana, "it was a changing of the guard". The same can be applied to Cash and Kristofferson about country music.
    OpinionHeadon January 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAm I the only one who thinks he's saying 'stone' and not 'stoned'? I don't hear the 'd'
    johnnymacon April 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti hate sundays to always have
    mr.loveon June 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHe says "stoned". It's the perfect feeling about coming down off a high or a drunk and being alone. It's the feeling of a lonesome Sunday morning.

    Kris did write the song and it's as he wrote it specifically for Johnny...'cause even if JC didn't write it...he lived that feeling and instance many times.

    It's a great song!
    jetseton August 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with what myownprison333 said
    gdoggon August 26, 2006   Link
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    General Comment" it took me back to somethin' that
    I'd lost somehow somewhere along away" This line is about innocence..This song perfectly reflects a sunday.
    Daniel_08on March 26, 2007   Link

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