Cocaine Blues Lyrics

Johnny Cash


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: T. J. Arnall, William Lee Nichols
album: Track 4 in album Silver
release date: 1979
popularity : 10824 users have visited this page.
length: 3:01
guitar: Johnny Cash
electric guitar: Carl Perkins, Luther Perkins
drums: W.S. Holland
bass: Marshall Grant
mastering: Darcy Proper
producer: Bob Johnston
additional producer: Bob Irwin
vocal: Johnny Cash

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Early one mornin' while makin' the rounds
I took a shot of cocaine and shot my woman down
I went right home and I went to bed
I stuck that lovin' forty-four beneath my head.

Got up next mornin' and I grabbed that gun
Took a shot of cocaine and away I run
Made a good run but I run too slow
They overtook me down in Juarez Mexico.

Laid in the hot joint takin' the pill
In walked a sheriff from Jericho Hill
He said Willy Lee your name is not Jack Brown
You're the dirty hack that shot your woman down.

I said yes sir my name is Willie Lee
If you've got a warrant just read it to me
I shot her down cause she made me slow
I thought I was her daddy but she had five more.

When I was arrested I was dressed in black
They put me on a train and they took me back
I had no friends for to go my bail
They slapped my dried up carcass in the county jail.

Early next morning about a half past nine
I spied a sheriff comin' down the line
He coughed and coughed as he cleared his throat
He said come on you dirty hack into that district court

Into the court room my trial began
Where I was handled by twelve honest men
Before the jury started out
I saw that little judge commence to look about.

In about five minutes in walked a man
Holding the verdict in his right hand
The verdict read in the first degree
I hollered Lordy Lordy have mercy on me

The judge he smiled as he picked up his pen
Ninety nine years in the Folsom pen
Ninety nine years underneath that ground
I can't forget the day I shot my woman down
Come on you hawks and listen unto me
Lay off that whiskey and let that cocaine be

Track Listing

  • 1 The L & N Don't Stop Here Anymore
  • 2 Lonesome to the Bone
  • 3 Bull Rider
  • 4 I'll Say It's True
  • 5 (Ghost) Riders in the Sky
  • 6 Cocaine Blues
  • 7 Muddy Waters
  • 8 West Canterbury Subdivision Blues
  • 9 Lately I Been Leanin' Toward the Blues
  • 10 I'm Gonna Sit on the Porch and Pick on My Old Guitar