About the Song

Conway Twitty’s rendition of “Reuben James” is a heartfelt tribute to the unsung heroes of society, showcasing Twitty’s ability to convey emotion and empathy through his music. Originally written by Alex Harvey and Barry Etris, this poignant track was released as part of Twitty’s album “Hello Darlin'” in 1970.

“Reuben James” tells the story of a black sailor who sacrificed his life during World War II, highlighting the themes of bravery, sacrifice, and equality. Twitty’s soulful vocals and heartfelt delivery add depth and authenticity to the song, resonating with listeners who appreciate storytelling in music.

Upon its release, “Reuben James” climbed the country music charts, earning Twitty widespread acclaim and recognition as one of the genre’s most gifted storytellers. Its powerful message and emotive performance struck a chord with audiences, propelling it to high positions on various music rankings.

Decades later, “Reuben James” remains a timeless classic, a testament to Conway Twitty’s enduring legacy as a masterful interpreter of human emotion and social issues. Its haunting melody and poignant lyrics continue to resonate with listeners, offering a reminder of the sacrifices made by ordinary individuals in extraordinary circumstances.

Whether you’re a longtime fan of Conway Twitty or discovering his music for the first time, “Reuben James” is sure to leave a lasting impression. So, sit back, relax, and let Twitty’s velvety voice transport you to a place of reflection and appreciation for those who have served their country selflessly.

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Lyrics

Reuben James in my song you’ll live again
And the phrases that I rhyme
Are just the footsteps out of time
From the time when I knew you, Reuben James.
Reuben James all the folks
Around Madison Caunty cussed your name
Just a no count sharecroppin’ colored man
Who’d steal anything that he can
And they always laid the blame on, Reuben James.
Reuben James you still walk
The furrowed fields of my mind
The faded shirt the wrinkled brow
The calloused hand upon the plow
I loved you then and I love you now, Reuben James.
Flora Gray the gossip of Madison County died with the child
And although your skin was black
You were the one who didn’t turn your back
On a hungry white child with no name, Reuben James.
Reuben James with your mind on my soul
And Bible in your right hand
You said turn the other cheek
There’s a better world waitin’ for the meek
In my mind these words remain from, Reuben James.
Reuben James you still walk
The furrowed fields of my mind
The faded shirt the wrinkled brow
The calloused hand upon the plow
I loved you then and I love you now, Reuben James.
Reuben James one cold dark day
They brought you from the fields
And that lonely pinebox came
Just a preacher me and the rain
To sing one last refrain for, Reuben James.
Reuben James you still walk
The furrowed fields of my mind
The faded shirt the wrinkled brow
The calloused hand upon the plow
I loved you then and I love you now, Reuben James