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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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Hey, Porter, Hey Porter!
Would you tell me the time?
How much longer will it be
'Til we cross that Mason Dixon Line?
At daylight would you tell that…

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