Don't Take Your Guns to Town

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"Don't Take Your Guns to Town"
Single by Johnny Cash
from the album The Fabulous Johnny Cash
B-side "I Still Miss Someone"
Released December 1958
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Johnny Cash
Producer(s) Don Law
Johnny Cash chronology
"What Do I Care"
"Don't Take Your Guns to Town"
"It's Just About Time"

"Don't Take Your Guns to Town" is a 1958 single by Johnny Cash. The song tells the story of a young cowboy who, ignoring the titular advice from his mother, gets into a gunfight at a saloon and is killed. The single became his fifth release to reach the number one position on the country chart, where it stayed for six weeks.[1] "Don't Take Your Guns to Town" was also a crossover hit peaking at number thirty-two on the pop chart.[2] 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".

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1958–1959) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 32


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 74. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 110. 

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Preceded by
"Billy Bayou" by Jim Reeves
Hot C&W Sides
number one single

February 23, 1959 - March 30, 1959
(six weeks)
Succeeded by
"When It's Springtime in Alaska (It's Forty Below)" by Johnny Horton