Waterloo (Stonewall Jackson song)

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Single by Stonewall Jackson
from the album The Dynamic Stonewall Jackson
Released 1959 (1959)
Genre Country
Writer(s) John D. Loudermilk
Marijohn Wilkin
Stonewall Jackson singles chronology
"Life to Go"
"Smoke Along the Track"

"Waterloo" was a number-one hit for country singer Stonewall Jackson in 1959. Although it is credited to John D. Loudermilk and Marijohn Wilkin, the melody owes more than a little to "Leave It There" (also known as "Take Your Burden to the Lord"), a still-popular gospel hymn composed by Charles A. Tindley in 1916. The single was the most successful of Jackson's career, spending five weeks at number one on the U.S. country music chart.[1] The B-side of "Waterloo", "Smoke Along the Track", reached number 24 on the country chart. "Waterloo" was also Jackson's only Top 40 hit, where it stayed on the chart for 16 weeks, peaking at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 pop chart.[2][3]

The song tells of three famous people who, because of their actions, "met their Waterloo" – Adam (who ate the "apple"), Napoleon (at the namesake battle), and Tom Dooley (who was hanged for murder).


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 170. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 311. 
  3. ^ Billboard Top 100 online

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Preceded by
"The Battle of New Orleans" by Johnny Horton
Billboard Hot C&W Sides number-one single
July 27, 1959 – August 24, 1959
Succeeded by
"The Three Bells" by The Browns