"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 Comment"On a sunday mornin' sidewalks
    wishing Lord that I was stoned"
    i get that one. sometimes its just easier to be stoned, and sometimes you just cant get stoned, and so you wish you were because you just feel better.
    patiencebabeon December 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe man in the song is something that every one of us could become when the chips fall against us.
    MoodyFan66on February 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a great song. Its a erally sad song about a drunk burnout who lives alone and stammers through the streets on a sunday evening. He sees things that he passed up because of his addiction to alcohol and drugs and he feels alone and isolated from the world. He says that he just wishes he didn't feel so lonesome - "I'm wishing lord that I was stoned, cause there is something in a sunday that makes the body feel alone"

    This is an excellent song. Check it out if you haven't already.
    myownprison333on July 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is Johnny Cash personified ... living life the hard way and telling it the way it is. I don't think it's about some drunk burnout, I think it's about JC and his inability to draw the line even though he so clearly sees the mess he has created around him. Best line was already pointed out ... "I'm wishing lord that I was stoned, cause there is something in a sunday that makes the body feel alone." He's so far gone that he doesn't know where to turn. Even when he turns to god he's not looking to change his life, just a way out of how he's feeling. Great song, not so great to live it though.
    tubesockson August 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song. you should check out the version by the handsome family.
    hang on to a dreamon September 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    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
  • 0
    General Commentwow! yes, the handsome family. I was about to suggest the same thing.
    dorareeveron October 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    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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