"I Hung My Head" as written by and Gordon Sumner....
Early one morning
With time to kill
I borrowed Jebb's rifle
And sat on a hill
I saw a lone rider
Crossing the plain
I drew a bead on him
To practice my aim

My brother's rifle
Went off in my hand
A shot rang out
Across the land
The horse, he kept running
The rider was dead
I hung my head
I hung my head

I set off running
To wake from the dream
My brother's rifle
Went into the sheen
I kept on running
Into the south lands
That's where they found me
My head in my hands

The sheriff he asked me
Why had I run
And then it come to me
Just what I had done
And all for no reason
Just one piece of lead
I hung my head
I hung my head

Here in the court house
The whole town was there
I see the judge
High up in the chair
Explain to the court room
What went through your mind
And we'll ask the jury
What verdict they find

I felt the power
Of death over life
I orphaned his children
I widowed his wife
I begged their forgiveness
I wish I was dead
I hung my head
I hung my head
I hung my head
I hung my head

Early one morning
With time to kill
I see the gallows
Up on a hill
And out in the distance
A trick of the brain
I see a lone rider
Crossing the plain

And he'd come to fetch me
To see what they'd done
And we'll ride together
To kingdom come
I prayed for God's mercy
'Cause soon I'd be dead
I hung my head
I hung my head

I hung my head
I hung my head

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"I Hung My Head" as written by Gordon Sumner

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  • +1
    General CommentI love this song so much. I listen to Melodic Death Metal, Rap and a bunch of other genres.. It wouldn't seem like I'd be the person to listen to Johnny Cash, but he's just so amazing. His songs are so powerful.. and the ones he covers just sound like they're meant for him. I love the stories in the songs, and the meanings are just amazing. Johnny Cash is just amazing.. I'm sad that we've lost him, but atleast we can still listen to his amazing voice..
    metallica572on February 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe Did Something Wrong.
    And Admited It To Himself.
    After He Felt Guilt..
    And Pain For The Family.
    Its an Amazing Song.
    jap24on April 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis whole album is full of stuff that makes me cry. It's Cash's voice that does it. he's so emotive, and songs like this really fit him.
    fanglefishon June 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's pretty self-explantory~ Actually,this song was written by Sting.
    New Dawnon February 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a well written tune by Sting that Cash made his own.
    givemebeeron December 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentprob my favorite song on the album.
    inbetweenmoleculeson March 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy father played this song for me and I've loved Cash ever since.
    Cool Cozon August 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLove this song
    WhiteWolfon October 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song, it tells a story, cash was one of the greatest at doing that
    abrokedownlaxmanon March 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so meaningful, they way you can ruin your life by just one stupid mistake

    Just One Piece of Lead
    GracieGurlon March 19, 2007   Link

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