Oney Lyrics

Johnny Cash


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Chesnut
album: No. 3 track in album Any Old Wind That Blows
release date: 1973
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length: 3:09

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I dedicate this song to the workin' man
For every man that puts in eight or ten hard hours a day
Of work and toil and sweat
Always got somebody lookin' down his neck
Tryin' to get more out of him
Than he really ought to have to put in

After twenty nine long years of workin'
In this shop with Oney standin' over me
Today when that old whistle blows
I'll check in all my gear and I'll retire

The superintendent just dropped by
And said they'd planned my little get together
Then he said I'd never a made it
If old Oney hadn't a held me to the fire

I've seen him in my dreams at night
And woke up in the mornin' feelin' tired
And old Oney don't remember, when I came here
How he tried to get me fired

With his folded hands behind him
Every mornin' Oney waited at the gate
Where he'd rant and rave like I committed murder
Clockin' in five minutes late.

But today they'll gather 'round me
Like I've seen 'em do when any man retires
Then old Oney's gonna tell me
From now on I'm free to do what I desire

He'll present me with that little old gold watch
They give a man at times like this
But there's one thing he's not countin' on
Today's the day I give old Oney his

I've been workin', buildin' muscles
Oney's just been standin' 'round a gettin' soft
And today about four thirty
I'll make up for every good night's sleep I've lost

When I'm gone I'll be remembered
As a workin' man who put his point across
With a right hand full of knuckles
'Cause today I show old Oney who's the boss

Hmmmm, what time is it? Four thirty?
Hey, Oney!
Oney! Ha ha ha ha!

Track Listing

  • 1 Any Old Wind That Blows
  • 2 Kentucky Straight
  • 3 The Loving Gift (with June Carter Cash)
  • 4 The Good Earth
  • 5 Best Friend
  • 6 Oney
  • 7 The Ballad of Annie Palmer
  • 8 Too Little, Too Late
  • 9 If I Had a Hammer (with June Carter Cash)
  • 10 Country Trash
  • 11 Welcome Back Jesus