I Never Picked Cotton Lyrics - Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash Unchained cover art
publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: Bobby George, Charlie Williams
release date: 1996-11-5
genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
styles: Country Rock
length: 2:40
producer: Rick Rubin
mixer: Sylvia Massy
engineer: Sylvia Massy
percussion: Steve Ferrone
drums (drum set): Steve Ferrone
writer: Bobby George, Charlie Williams
I never picked cotton
But my mother did
And my brother did
And my sister did
And my daddy died young
Workin' in a coal mine

When I was just a baby
Too little for a cotton sack
I played in the dirt
While others worked
Til they couldn't straighten their backs
I made myself a promise
When I was big enough to run
That I'd never stay a single day
In that Oklahoma sun


Folks said I grew up early
And that the farm couldn't hold me then so I stole ten bucks
And a pickup truck
And I never went back again
Then it was fast cars and whiskey
Long haired girls and fun
I had everything that money could bring
And I took it with a gun


It was Saturday night in Memphis
When a redneck grabbed my shirt
When he said go back to your cotton sack
I left him dying in the dirt
They'll take me in the morning
To the gallos just outside
And in the time I got
There ain't a hell of a lot
That I can look back on with pride

CD 1
  • 1 Rowboat
  • 2 Sea of Heartbreak
  • 3 Rusty Cage
  • 4 The One Rose (That’s Left in My Heart)
  • 5 Country Boy
  • 6 Memories Are Made of This
  • 7 Spiritual
  • 8 The Kneeling Drunkard’s Plea
  • 9 Southern Accents
  • 10 Mean Eyed Cat
  • 11 Meet Me in Heaven
  • 12 I Never Picked Cotton
  • 13 Unchained
  • 14 I’ve Been Everywhere