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Johnny Cash
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Johnny Cash
Album: The Johnny Cash Show
Track: Medley: Mississippi Delta Land, Detroit City, Uncloudy Day, No Setting Sun, Mississippi Delta Land

Medley: Mississippi Delta Land, Detroit City, Uncloudy Day, No Setting Sun, Mississippi Delta Land Lyrics

(Ride this train ride this train with me to the Mississippi river Delta land
A wide stretch of rich black earth
That spreads out along the banks of the Mississippi river
Startin' somewhere up around southern Illinois
And running right on down to the Gulf of Mexico
This is the land of king cotton this black rich land
And of the people who live here cotton is their bread and butter
And though the land is rich to many life is pretty hard
You see that old shack over there that's the home of a sharecropper
His work is back breaking he could spend thirty years of his life into that kind of land
And wind up with that kind of place
Only to just up and leave with just the clothes on his back a prayer in his heart
And a pick up truck half full of used furniture)

MISSISSIPPI DELTA LAND

(Harlan Howard)
© '70 Tree Publishing, BMI

Mississippi Delta land you robbed me off my youth
And all you gave back was a one room shack and a mind that learned the truth
There ain't no future for the man that works but never owns the land
And now these old hard working hands are headin' for Chicago in the morning
Mississippi Delta land your riches ain't for me
These kids of mine and me's gonna find a better place to be
Thank you

(At one time most of the cotton in the delta was grown by small cotton farmers
Like my people twenty acres of it
These were people that lived on the land and by the land
Because it's in the nature of a man to always look away to grass
That seems just a little bit greener
Many of the sons and the daughters of these small cotton farmers
Headed for the big cities and the car factories in the north
Like I did when I was eighteen years old
Where they'd heard tell of good money and better times
Where they hoped they could leave leave behind the hardships
The hard times of the small delta farm)

DETROIT CITY

(Mel Tillis - Danny Dill)
© '63 Cedarwood Publishing, BMI

Last night I went to sleep in Detroit City
And I dreamed about those cottonfields and home
I dreamed about my mother dear old papa sister and brother
I dreamed about that girl who's been waiting for so long

I wanna go home I wanna go home oh how I wanna go home

Homefolks think I'm big in Detroit City
From the letters that I write they think I'm fine
But by day I make the cars by night I make the bars
If only they could read between the lines

Cause you know I rode the freight train north to Detroit City
And after all these years I find I was just wastin' my time
So I just think I'll take my foolish pride
And put on a Southbound freight and ride
And go on back to the loved ones I left waiting far behind

I wanna go home I wanna go home oh how I wanna go home

(Down in Dyess Arkansas and that part of the delta land where I grew up
I did my earliest singing and I learned my first songs
While picking or chopping cotton out in a cotton patch
Seems somebody was always singing while they worked
To help make the day go a little bit faster
I can remember my sister Louisie out in the cottonfields
She would keep us all cheered up by singing gospel songs and the hits of the days
And being a few years older than I was she'd teach me songs she'd say
I'm going to sing you this song three times
And then see if you're listening you sing it back to me
Sometimes she'd be way down the row picking ahead of me
And while she was waiting for me to catch up I could hear her singing)

UNCLOUDY DAY

(Joshua K. Alwood)
© '52 Martin And Morris Music, BMI

(Oh the land of a cloudless day) and she'd sing and Lord she'd sing
(Oh the land of an uncloudy sky)
And wouldn't she sing oh I can almost hear her singin' now
(Oh they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise)
And I'd pick a little bit harder catch up with her
She'd sing to me some more and she'd sing
(Oh they tell me of an uncloudy day)

(And just about every afternoon as the sun was sinking real low
When we were leaving the cottonfields
All of us would usually leave the fields singing this song)

NO SETTING SUN

(Ruth Davis)
© '70 Screen Gems Music, BMI

Life's evening sun is sinking low a few more days and I must go
To meet the deeds that I have done where there will be no setting sun

(Yeah the life of the small delta farmer will soon be gone forever
But though the song may be gone from the cottonfields
The mem'ry of those good people that worker there will live on as long as I live
And as long as the cotton grows tall along the banks of that old Mississippi river)

MISSISSIPPI DELTA LAND

(Harlan Howard)
© '70 Tree Publishing, BMI

Mississippi Delta land my dad and his dad too
They've ploughed your soil and for all that toil they never owned an inch of you
Mississippi delta land you robbed me of my youth
And all you gave back was a one room shack and a mind that learned the truth
Mississippi Delta land

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