Sunday Morning Coming Down is a song written by Kris Kristofferson and recorded by several artists, most notably Johnny Cash. The song describes the feelings of loneliness and emptiness of a man who is wandering the streets on a Sunday morning, after a night of drinking and partying. The song contrasts the man’s bleak situation with the normal activities of other people, such as going to church, having breakfast, or playing with children.

The song was first recorded by Ray Stevens in 1969, but it became a hit for Johnny Cash in 1970, when he performed it live at the Ryman Auditorium for his TV show. Cash’s version won the Country Music Association Award for Song of the Year in 1970 and reached No.1 on the Billboard US Country chart. Cash and Kristofferson also sang the song together on the 1978 Johnny Cash Christmas Show, showing their friendship and admiration for each other.

The song is considered one of Kristofferson’s best compositions and one of Cash’s signature songs. It has been covered by many other artists, such as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, and Shawn Mullins. In 2021, Rolling Stone ranked it at No.476 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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