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Johnny Cash - Daddy Sang Bass

Song written by rockabilly legend Carl Perkins in 1967. Carl Perkins was an alcoholic and Cash had been a drug addict who, in finding God, overcame those addictions and then helped Carl Perkins, who spent a lot of time on the road with Cash.

Song written by rockabilly legend Carl Perkins in 1967, who was a member of Johnny Cash’s touring show at the time. Carl Perkins was an alcoholic and Cash had been a drug addict who, in finding God, overcame those addictions and then helped Carl Perkins, who spent a lot of time on the road with Cash. Feeling inspired, Perkins wrote the song “Daddy Sang Bass”, wrote about the long songs that many families in the Bible Belt would have after a hard day’s work, with chorus lines from “Will the Circle Be Unbroken ?.

Johnny Cash recorded it in mid-1968 and was released in October of the same year, produced by Bob Johnston, for the Columbia label, the song was included on the album, The Holy Land (Columbia 1969). The song went to number 1 on Billboard’s country chart for 6 weeks and spent a total of 19 weeks on the chart. The single reached the number 56 in the list of singles MGP of Cashbox in 1969. Also, it arrived at number 1 in the Canadian lists.

Carl Perkins also recorded the song for his compilation album the Greatest Hits (Columbia 1969), which became the Top 40 of hits on Billboard’s album list that year.

Some versions :

 

Dick Nolan 1968 ( Arc Records )

Kitty Wells 1969 ( Decca Records )

The Statler Brothers 1969 ( Columbia )

Glenn Campbell 1970 ( Capitol Records )

Mel Tillis 1973 ( Pickwick Records )

The Oak Ridge Boys 1981 ( Sunbird Records )

Pinkard & Bowden 1984 ( Warner Bros )

Leon Russell 1998 ( Ark 21 Records )

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Johnny Cash – Daddy Sang Bass Lyrics

 

I remember when I was a lad,

times were hard and things were bad.

But there’s a silver lining behind every cloud.

Just poor people, that’s all we were.

Trying to make a living out of black land dirt.

We’d get together in a family circle singing loud.

 

Daddy sang bass,

Mama sang tenor.

Me and little brother would join right in there.

Singing seems to help a troubled soul.

One of these days and it won’t be long.

I’ll rejoin them in a song.

I’m gonna join the family circle at the Throne.

No, the circle won’t be broken.

By and by, Lord, by and by.

 

Daddy sang bass,

Mama sang tenor.

Me and little brother would join right in there.

In the sky, Lord, in the sky.

 

Now I remember after work,

Mama would call in all of us.

You could hear us singing for a country mile.

Now little brother has done gone on.

But, I’ll rejoin him in a song.

We’ll be together again up yonder in a little while.

 

Daddy sang bass,

Mama sang tenor.

Me and little brother would join right in there.

Cause singing seems to help a troubled soul.

One of these days and it won’t be long,

I’ll rejoin them in a song.

I’m gonna join the family circle at the Throne.

Oh, no the circle won’t be broken.

By and by, Lord, by and by.

 

Daddy sang bass,

Mama sang tenor.

Me and little brother would join right in there.

In the sky, Lord, in the sky.

In the sky, Lord, in the sky.



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