Johnny Cash - My Grandfather's Clock Lyrics

Johnny Cash Songs of Our Soil cover art
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My grandfather's clock was too large for the shelf
So it stood ninety years on the floor
It was taller by half than the old man himself
Though it weighed not a pennyweight more

It was bought on the morn of the day that he was born
And was always his treasure and pride
But it stopped, short never to go again
When the old man died

Ninety years without slumbering
His life seconds numbering
It stopped, short never to go again
When the old man died

My grandfather said that of those he could hire
Not a servant so faithful he found
For it wasted no time and had but one desire
At the close of each week to be wound

And it kept in its place, not a frown upon its face
And its hands never hung by its side
But it stopped short, never to go again
When the old man died

It rang and alarmed in the dead of the night
An alarm that for years had been dumb
And we knew that his spirit was pluming for flight
That his hour for departure had come

Still the clock kept the time with a soft and muffled chime
As we silently stood by his side
But it stopped short, never to go again
When the old man died

Ninety years without slumbering
His life seconds numbering
It stopped short, never to go again
When the old man died

Track Listing
  • 1 Drink to Me
  • 2 Five Feet High and Rising
  • 3 The Man on the Hill
  • 4 Hank and Joe and Me
  • 5 Clementine
  • 6 The Great Speckled Bird
  • 7 I Want to Go Home
  • 8 The Caretaker
  • 9 Old Apache Squaw
  • 10 Don’t Step on Mother’s Roses
  • 11 My Grandfather’s Clock
  • 12 It Could Be You (Instead of Him)


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Erich Doll, Henry Clay Work
    album: Track 11 in album Songs of Our Soil
    release date: 1959-9
    popularity : 91 users have visited this page.
    genres: Rock Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Country/Country Rock
    length: 2:45
    Album Information
    label: Columbia
    country(area): United States
    script: Latin