Johnny Cash performs “Busted” On Hootennany Show.

It was recorded for the first time by Johnny Cash with the carter family, on December 28, 1962. Reached # 13 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in 1963.

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Busted:

Single cover Johnny Cash ( Columbia 1962 )
Single cover Johnny Cash ( Columbia 1962 )

A song written by Harland Howard in 1962, it was recorded for the first time by Johnny Cash with the carter family, on December 28, 1962, for the label Columbia, reached # 13 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart in 1963. Ray Charles also recorded it on September 1963, for the ABC-Paramount label, reached # 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1963.

But the most successful version in the country charts, was the one recorded by John Conlee, for the MCA label in February 1982, reached # 6 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart in 1982. The song would be included on the album, Busted (MCA 1982). The album reached position number 21, albums country charts.

Single Ray Charles ( ABC 1963 )
Single Ray Charles ( ABC 1963 )

Versions:

Johnny Cash 1962 (Coluimbia)
Ray Charles 1963 (ABC)
Charley Pride 1966 (RCA)
John Conlee 1982 (MCA)
Chris Ledoux 1991 (Liberty Records)
Tim O’Brian 2005 (Sugar Hill)

… And some more …

Johnny Cash – Busted lyrics

My bills are all due and the babies need shoes
But I’m Busted
Cotton’s gone down to a quarter a pound
And I’m Busted
I got a cow that’s gone dry
And a hen that won’t lay
A big stack of bills
Getting bigger each day
The county’s going to haul my belongings away
But I’m Busted
So I called on my brother to ask for a loan
Because I was Busted
I hate to beg like a dog for a bone
But I’m Busted
My brother said, “there’s not a thing I can do
My wife and my kids
Are all down with the flu
And I was just thinking about calling on you
Because I’m Busted
Lord, I am not no thief, but a man can go wrong
When he’s Busted
The food that we canned last summer is gone
But I’m Busted
Now the fields are all bare
And the cotton won’t grow
Me and my family’s got to pack up and go
But I’ll make a living, just where, I don’t know
Because I’m Busted

Single Johnny Cash ( Columbia 1962 )
Single Johnny Cash ( Columbia 1962 )

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