i never picked cotton lyrics – johnny cash

i never picked cotton
like my mother did and my brother did
and my sister did and my daddy died young
workin’ in a coal mine

when i was just a baby too little for the cotton sack
i played in the dirt while the others worked
’til they couldn’t straighten up their backs
and i made myself a promise when i was old enough to run
that i’d never stay a single day in that oklahoma sun

and i never picked cotton
like my mother did and my brother did
and my sister did and my daddy died young
workin’ in a coal mine

folks said that i grew up early and the farm couldn’t hold me then
so i stole ten bucks and a pickup truck and i never went back again
then it was fast cars and whiskey, long legged girls and fun
i had everything that money could bring and i took it all with a gun

and i never picked cotton
like my mother did and my brother did
and my sister did and my daddy died young
workin’ in a coal mine

it was sat*rday night in memphis when a redneck grabbed my shirt
and he said go back to your cotton sack, i left him lying in the dirt
and they’ll take me in the morning to the gallows just outside
and in the time i’ve got there ain’t a h*ll of a lot
i can look back on with pride

but i never picked cotton
like my mother did and my brother did
and my sister did and my daddy died young
workin’ in a coal mine

i never picked cotton
like my mother did and my brother did
and my sister did and my daddy died young
workin’ in a coal mine

/ johnny cash lyrics