Ernest Tubb performs “Walking the Floor Over You” On Hee Haw 1977.

The song reached the number 23 of the country charts , selling more than one million copies. Ernest Tubb himself re-recorded the songs several times during his career, with those versions recorded in 1944, 1959, 1963 and 1977. Additionally, Tubb recorded another version with Merle Haggard in 1979.

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Walking the Floor Over You

Ep Cover Ernest Tubb ( Decca 1951 )
Ep Cover Ernest Tubb ( Decca 1951 )

Song written by Ernest Tubb, was recorded April 26, 1941, in Dallas, Texas, for the Decca label and was released on May 28, 1941. The song reached the number 23 of the country charts , selling more than one million copies. The song would be included on the album, Favorites (Decca 1951).

Ernest Tubb himself re-recorded the songs several times during his career, with those versions recorded in 1944, 1959, 1963 and 1977. Additionally, Tubb recorded another version with Merle Haggard in 1979. Ernest Tubb was the first country music star in use the electric guitar, changing the genre of music forever.

Lp cover Golden Favorites ( MCA 1973 )
Lp cover Golden Favorites ( MCA 1973 )

This song has become a success, then a classic and then the latest in any form or genre of music. It became a standard. “Walkin ‘The Floor Over You.” It was the introduction for millions of people to this guy named Ernest Tubb and his band (which has also become legendary) the Texas Troubadours.

“Walking the Floor Over You” was an innovation that helped establish a honky-tonk tradition, and Tubb would spend more than 40 years singing it at every opportunity. In the late 1980s, Vern Gosdin would score a # 1 hit in the country with a tribute to Tubb written by Gosdin, Dean Dillon, Hank Cochran and Buddy Cannon. In that song, a bar patron scalded by love advises his bartender: “. Set ’em up Joe, and play’ Walking the Floor. ‘

Single cover Pat Boone ( Dot 1960 )
Single cover Pat Boone ( Dot 1960 )

Versions :
Bob Atcher 1941 ( Okeh Records )
Hawkshaw Hawkins 1946 ( King Records )
Jimmie Dolan 1949 ( Modern Records )
Pat Boone 1960 ( Dot records )
Justin Tubb 1962 ( Starday Records )
Merle Haggard 1965 ( Capitol )
Jerry Lee Lewis 1968 ( Smash Records )
Stompin’ Tom Connors 1970 ( Dominion Records )
David Rogers 1973 ( Atlantic Records )
Asleep at the Wheel 1988 ( Epic Records )
…and many more…………………..

Ernest Tubb – Walking the Floor Over You Lyrics

[Verse 1]
You left me, and you went away
You said that you’d be back in just a day
You’ve broken your promise, and you’ve left me here alone
I don’t know why you did, dear, but I do know that you’re gone

[Chorus]
I’m walking the floor over you
I can’t sleep a wink, that is true
I’m hoping and I’m praying as my heart breaks right in two
Walking the floor over you

[Guitar Solo]
Aw, pick it out, Smitty!

[Chorus]
Now darling, you know I love you well
Love you more than I can ever tell
I thought that you wanted me and always would be mine
But you went and left me here with troubles on my mind

[Chorus]
I’m walking the floor over you
I can’t sleep a wink, that is true
I’m hoping and I’m praying as my heart breaks right in two
Walking the floor over you

[Guitar Solo]
Aw, do it pretty, son!

[Verse 3]
Now someday you may be lonesome to
Walking the floor is good for you
Just keep right on walking, and it won’t hurt you to cry
Remember that I love you and I will the day I die

[Chorus]
I’m walking the floor over you
I can’t sleep a wink, that is true
I’m hoping and I’m praying as my heart breaks right in two
Walking the floor over you

Single Ernest Tubb ( Decca 1941 )
Single Ernest Tubb ( Decca 1941 )

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