The Kneeling Drunkard’s Plea Lyrics - Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash Unchained cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1996-11-5
Genre: Rock Folk, World, & Country
Style: Country Rock
length: 2:33
producer: Rick Rubin
mixer: Sylvia Massy
engineer: Sylvia Massy
percussion: Curt Bisquera
drums (drum set): Curt Bisquera
writer: Mother Maybelle Carter, Anita Carter, Helen Carter, June Carter Cash
Lord have mercy on me
Was the kneeling drunkard's plea
And as he knelt there on the ground
I know that God in heaven looked down

I went down by an old country church
I saw the drunkard stagger and lurch
And as he reached his mother's grave
I saw that drunkard kneel and pray

Lord have mercy on me
Was the kneeling drunkard's plea
And as he knelt there on the ground
I know that God in heaven looked down

Bring my darling boy to me
Was his mother's dying plea
And as he staggered through the gate
Alas, he came just one day too late

Three years have passed since she went away
Her son is sleeping beside her today
And I know that in heaven his mother he'll see
For God has heard that drunkard's plea

Lord have mercy on me
Was the kneeling drunkard's plea
And as he knelt there on the ground
I know that God in heaven looked down

Tracklist
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