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Johnny Cash performs "Dont Take Your Guns To Town "

"Don't Take Your Guns to Town" is a 1958 single by Johnny Cash. The single was his fifth release to reach the number one position on the country chart, where it stayed for six weeks."Don't Take Your Guns to Town" was also a crossover hit peaking at number thirty-two on the pop chart. The song is also included in the live album VH1 Storytellers: Johnny Cash & Willie Nelson. The song was covered by U2 on their 2001 single "Elevation".

 

Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time.

Johnny Cash - Dont Take Your Guns To Town Lyrics

 

A young cowboy named Billy Joe

Grew restless on the farm

A good boy filled with wanderlust

Who really meant no harm

He changed his clothes and shined his boots

And combed his dark hair down

And his mother cried as he walked out

"Don't take your guns to town son

Leave your guns at home Bill

Don't take your guns to town"

He laughed and kissed his mom

And said, "Your Billy Joe's a man

And I can shoot as quick and straight

As anybody can

But I wouldn't shoot without a cause

I'd gun nobody down"

But she cried again as he rode away

"Don't take your guns to town son

Leave your guns at home Bill

Don't take your guns to town"

He sang a song as he rode along

His guns hung at his hips

He rode into a cattle town

A smile upon his lips

He stopped and walked into a bar

And laid his money down

But his mother's words echoed again

"Don't take your guns to town son

Leave your guns at home Bill

Don't take your guns to town"

He drank his first strong liquor then

To calm his shakin' hand

He tried to tell himself at last

He had become a man

A dusty cowpoke at his side

Began to laugh him down

And he heard again his mother's words

"Don't take your guns to town son

Leave your guns at home Bill

Don't take your guns to town"

And in his rage

Billy Joe reached for his gun to draw

But the stranger drew his gun and fired

Before he even saw

As Billy Joe fell to the floor

The crowd all gathered 'round

And they wondered at his final words

"Don't take your guns to town son

Leave your guns at home Bill

Don't take your guns to town"

A hundred and twenty years have passed

And nothin's really changed

A young man on the city streets

He has to make his name

He's still too young to know

A gun can't make a boy a man

And his mama cries as he walks out

"Don't take your guns to town son

Leave your guns at home Bill

Don't take your guns to town"



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