Country’s Best Country Drinking Songs, No. 21: Johnny Cash, ‘Sunday Morning Comin’ Down’
Cheers-worthy lines: "I woke up Sunday morning / With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt / And the beer I had for breakfast wasn't bad / So I had one more for dessert."
Kris Kristofferson wrote "Sunday Morning Comin' Down" while working as a janitor at Columbia Records. It was first recorded by Ray Stevens in 1969 and was his first hit on the country chart.
The following year, Kristofferson released the song on his debut record Kristofferson while Johnny Cash also released a version of the song in 1970. it was included on live album The Johnny Cash Show and Cash had the most success with the song; it went to No. 1.
Cash's recording of the song won Song of the Year at the CMA Awards in 1970, and the success of the song prompted Kristofferson to drop the mop for good.
"I'm just real grateful for that song because that opened up a whole lot doors for me. So many people that I admire, admired it. Actually, it was the song that allowed me to quit working for a living," he said.
The lyrics of the song are despondent, full of rather sad imagery like this: "On a Sunday morning sidewalk / I'm wishing, Lord, that I was stoned / 'Cause there's something in a Sunday / That makes a body feel alone." The lyrics are also relatable -- and we can raise a beer to that. Even on a Sunday morning.