Johnny Cash’s 1970 “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” Was Written By Kris Kristofferson


Widely considered the most influential artist of the 20th century, music moguls struggled to put Johnny Cash into a box. Over the course of his career, Cash won inductions into the Country Music, Rock and Roll, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.

The legend’s iconic “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” is a prime example of the musician’s hard-to-categorize musical stylings. “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” was written by Kris Kristofferson in 1969 but was catapulted into prominence with Cash’s cover in 1970.

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Cash’s version of the iconic tune hit No.1 on the Billboard’s country chart as well as No.46 on the all-genre chart later earning him a CMA for “Song of the Year.”

Cash was asked to change the controversial line “I’m wishing Lord that I was stoned” in a televised performance of the song. Being Johnny Cash, he refused to comply fearing it would take away from the song.

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Television producers might have been upset, but Cash proved to be a hit as everyone loves a good rebel.

Watch his live performance of “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” in the video below and let us know what you think in the comments! 

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