Busted (Johnny Cash song)

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"Busted"
Song by Harlan Howard
Released 1962
Genre Country
Length 2:20
Writer Harlan Howard
Cover versions
Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, John Conlee
"Busted"
Single by Ray Charles
from the album Ingredients in a Recipe for Soul
Released 1963 (1963)
Label ABC-Paramount

"Busted" is a song covered by Johnny Cash (with The Carter Family) for Cash's 1963 album "Blood, Sweat and Tears." "Busted" was written by Harlan Howard in 1962, and has been covered by several notable artists, including Ray Charles (also in 1963) and Patty Loveless (2009).

The song is about a dirt-poor farmer struggling to support his family, bemoaning a stack of bills, his family's needs, animals that won't produce and land that is barren. He even tries to ask his brother for assistance, but his brother was actually going to come to him for help. Finally, he admits he's going to pack up his family and leave to find a better life.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits, p.68. ISBN 0-8230-7632-6.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2000). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, p.121. ISBN 0-8230-7690-3.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits, p.78. ISBN 0-8230-7632-6.

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