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Written in 1954 and released in 1955, "Hey Porter" was Johnny Cash's first recording at Sun Records studios in Memphis Tennessee. It was paired with "Cry, Cry, Cry" on the B-Side of Cash's first record and essentially launched his enormous career that would go on to span 5 decades and produces scores of hit songs.

Since its initial release there have been a number covers including notable versions by Ry Cooder in 1971 and The Folsom Prison Gang in 2011.

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    : )
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    an interesting song, I enjoy the refrains of hey porter and the questions. It's an interesting story of getting to a destination and wanting to get there quickly. and being anxious to get there.
  • Avatar for Ultravod
    This song was first released 60 years ago today, launching the music career of arguably the most universally loved musician of the 20th century. It's far from Johnny's best work, but it holds up a damn sight better than most music from 1954. Also, if someone attempted any of the things mentioned in the song, they'd be locked up by the TSA for the rest of their life.
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    Good song
  • Avatar for silversurfer250
    Cash wrote the song while on his way home from a four year stint in the United States Air Force. He was stationed in Landsberg, Germany, and as such felt elated to be returning to his native South,_Porter
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    train train
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    Spank! I love this man! Hey! Porter! etc! Johnny Cash Rocks!
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    Oh dear :-P :-D
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    Ooops!! The preview certainly isn't Hey Porter.....someone must've nicked it :-( :-P :-D
  • Avatar for sharv11 this is definitely NOT Hey Porter....Forever love Johnny!!


Hey porter, hey porter would you tell me the time?
How much longer will it be till we cross that Mason Dixon line?
At daylight would ya tell that engineer to slow it down?
Or better still, just stop the train 'cause I wanna look around

Johnny Cash - Hey Porter Lyrics



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