To Beat the Devil Song Lyrics

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash Hello I'm Johnny Cash cover art
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And I'd like to dedicate this to John and June, who helped show me how to beat the devil.

It was winter time in Nashville, down on music city row.
And I was lookin' for a place to get myself out of the cold.
To warm the frozen feelin' that was eatin' at my soul.
Keep the chilly wind off my guitar.

My thirsty wanted whisky; my hungry needed beans,
But it'd been of month of paydays since I'd heard that eagle scream.
So with a stomach full of empty and a pocket full of dreams,
I left my pride and stepped inside a bar.

Actually, I guess you'd could call it a Tavern:
Cigarette smoke to the ceiling and sawdust on the floor;
Friendly shadows.

Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Southwind
  • 2 The Devil to Pay
  • 3 Cause I Love You
  • 4 See Ruby Fall
  • 5 Route 1 Box 144
  • 6 Sing a Traveling Song
  • 7 If I Were a Carpenter
  • 8 To Beat the Devil
  • 9 Blistered
  • 10 Wrinkled, Crinkled, Wadded Dollar Bill
  • 11 I've Got a Thing About Trains
  • 12 Jesus Was a Carpenter


  • credits


    publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Kristoffer Kristofferson
    album: Track 8 in album Hello I'm Johnny Cash
    release date: 1970-1
    popularity : 89 users have visited this page.
    genres: Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Country
    length: 4:20
    composer: Kris Kristofferson
    lyricist: Kris Kristofferson

    Album Information

    label: Columbia
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin