Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down

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"Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down"
Single by Ray Stevens
from the album Have a Little Talk with Myself
B-side "The Minority"
Released 1969
Recorded 1969
Genre Pop, country
Length 4:25
Label Monument
Writer(s) Kris Kristofferson
Producer(s) Jim Malloy, Ray Stevens
Ray Stevens singles chronology
"Along Came Jones"
"Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down"
"Have a Little Talk with Myself"
"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, folk
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 before becoming a number one hit for Johnny Cash.


Stevens' version of the song reached number 55 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and number 81 on the Hot 100 pop chart in 1969. It also appeared on the author's own album Kristofferson .

The biggest success for the song came from the Johnny Cash performance, which had been taped live at the Ryman Auditorium during a taping of The Johnny Cash Show. It would appear on the soundtrack LP The Johnny Cash Show the following year, as well as being issues as a single (Columbia Records 4-45211). Cash's version won the Country Music Association Award for Song of the Year in 1970 and hit number one on the country chart.[1] It was included on Lynn Anderson's album Rose Garden that same year.

Frankie Laine recorded a version for his 1977 British album Life is Beautiful. 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 it on his TV show, but he refused to comply.[3] In a 2013 interview, Kristofferson said the song "opened up a whole lot of 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
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 55
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 81
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 46
Canadian RPM Top Singles 59

Johnny Cash[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 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
  5. ^ "Ray Stevens – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Ray Stevens.
  6. ^ "Ray Stevens – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Ray Stevens.
  7. ^ "Johnny Cash – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Johnny Cash.
  8. ^ "Johnny Cash – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Johnny Cash.

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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