Hey Porter (2:12)

Cover of The Legend of Johnny Cash

From The Legend of Johnny Cash and 328 other releases

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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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

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