Well I woke up Sunday morning
with no way to hold my head,
it didn't hurt.
And the beer I had for breakfast wasn't bad,
so I had one more for dessert.
Then I fumbled through my closet for my clothes and found my cleanest dirty shirt.
And I shaved my face and combed my hair and
stumbled down the stairs to meet the day.

I'd smoked my brain the night before on
cigarettes and songs that I'd been picking.
But I lit my first and watched a small kid
cussing at a can that he was kicking.
Then I crossed the empty street and caught the sunday smell of someone frying chicken.
And it took me back to something
that I'd lost somehow
somewhere along the way.

On this Sunday morning sidewalk,
wishing, lord, that I was stoned.
'Cause there's something in a Sunday,
makes a body feel alone.
And there's nothing short of dying,
half as lonesome as the sound,
on the sleeping city sidewalks,
Sunday morning coming down.

In the park I saw a daddy
with a laughing little girl who he was swinging.
And I stopped beside a Sunday school and listened to a sond that they was singing.
Then I headed back for home and somewhere far away
a lonely bell was ringing.
And it echoes through the canyons
like the disappearing dreams of yesterday.

On this Sunday morning sidewalk,
wishing, lord, that I was stoned.
'Cause there's something in a Sunday,
makes a body feel alone.
And there's nothing short of dying,
half as lonesome as the sound,
on the sleeping city sidewalks,
Sunday morning coming down.


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    General CommentJohnny Cash was a man that could take any song and make it his. When doing a song that had been recorded by someone else, he usually improved the song. However good his version of this song is, and it is good, it isn't better than Kristofferson's.

    I suggest that anyone that doesn't know how Cash came to do this song read a bit about it, it's a nice story.
    givemebeeron December 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJohnny Cash does a good version of this song.
    myownprison333on July 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics are wrong..

    the third line isnt 'it didnt hurt' it is part of the 2nd line and it says 'THAT didnt hurt'
    nails_in_my_feeton December 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningGreat song any young, single musician can relate to.
    a1anorthon January 29, 2013   Link

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