SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN
DLS   11-27-05
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 canyon,
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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JOHNNY CASH RECORDED
"SUNDAY MORNING COMING DOWN" IN 1970.  IT HIT THE MUSIC CHARTS AS #1 AND
STAYED THERE THROUGHOUT THE
MONTH THAT IT WAS AIRED.

Kris Kristofferson wrote the song while living in a run-down tenement in Nashville. He was working as a janitor for Columbia Records. He was told if he was caught pitching songs to any artists,
he would be fired.

He delivered this song personally to Johnny Cash after landing his National Guard helicopter in Cash's front yard.

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON   WANTED PEOPLE TO FEEL THE LOSS AND LONELINESS OF A SOUL THAT USES DRUGS AND ALCOHOL.   THE SOUND OF CHURCH BELLS AND SUNDAY SCHOOL SONGS WAS THE ANSWER.

CASH AND KRISTOFFERSON, THANK YOU!