Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down

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"Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down"
Single by Johnny Cash
from the album The Johnny Cash Show
B-side "I'm Gonna Try to Be That Way"
Released May 1970
Recorded 1969
Genre Country
Length 4:04
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Kris Kristofferson
Producer(s) Bob Johnston
Johnny Cash singles chronology
"What Is Truth"
"Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down"
"Flesh and Blood"

"Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" is a song written by Kris Kristofferson that was popularized in 1969 by Ray Stevens.


Stevens' version of the song reached number 55 on the country charts and number 81 on the pop top 100 in 1969. It also appeared on the albums Kristofferson and The Johnny Cash Show the following year. Cash's version won the Country Music Association Award for Song of the Year in 1970 and hit number one on the country music song charts.[1] It was included on Lynn Anderson's album Rose Garden that same year.

Shawn Mullins included a version on his 1998 album Soul's Core.[2] In 2006 the band Me First And The Gimme Gimmes included a version on their album Love Their Country. Jerry Lee Lewis recorded a version for his 2010 album Mean Old Man. More recently it appeared on Willie Nelson's 2011 album Remember Me, Vol. 1.[citation needed]

According to Kristofferson, Cash was told to change the line "I'm wishing Lord that I was stoned" when he performed in on his TV show, but he refused to comply.[3] In a 2013 interview, Kristofferson said the song "opened up a whole a lot doors for me. So many people that I admired, admired it. Actually, it was the song that allowed me to quit working for a living."[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Ray Stevens[edit]

Chart (1969) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 55
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 81
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 46
Canadian RPM Top Singles 59

Johnny Cash[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 46
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 30


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 75. 
  2. ^ "Soul's Core". Allmusic. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ Commentary on DVD release The Johnny Cash TV Show 1969-1971, Sony Columbia Legacy, 2007
  4. ^ Kris Kristofferson On Writing For — And Outliving — His Idols

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Preceded by
"There Must Be More to Love Than This"
by Jerry Lee Lewis
Billboard Hot Country Singles number-one single
(Johnny Cash version)

October 10 – October 17, 1970
Succeeded by
"Run, Woman, Run"
by Tammy Wynette
Preceded by
"All for the Love of Sunshine"
by Hank Williams, Jr.
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Johnny Cash version)

October 17, 1970
Succeeded by
"There Must Be More to Love Than This"
by Jerry Lee Lewis