Ernest Tubb performs “Drivin’ Nails in my Coffin” Live On 1961.

“Drivin 'Nails in My Coffin”, it reached # 5 on the country & western charts. The song was included in Ernest Tubb's studio album, Ernest Tubb And His Texas Troubadours (Vocalion 1960)

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Drivin’ Nails in my Coffin

“Drivin ‘Nails in My Coffin”, a song written by Jerry Irvin, was first recorded by Jerry Irby & His Texas Ranchers for the Globe label, recorded in 1945, at Quinn Recording Co., 3104 Telephone Road, Houston, TX, in the recording session Jerry was accompanied by: Jerry Irby (vcl-3 / rithym guitar); Unknown (lead guitar); Deacon Evans (steel guitar); Pete Burke (piano) and Elmer Christian (string bass).

Lp cover Ernest Tubb ( Vocalion 1960 )
Lp cover Ernest Tubb ( Vocalion 1960 )

Ernest Tubb was the third to record, “Drivin ‘Nails in My Coffin”, before it recorded by Floyd Tillman, Ernest recorded it on September 17, 1946, for the Decca label, at Decca Recording Studio, Pythian Temple, 135 West 70th St., New York City, in the recording session was accompanied by: Jimmie Short (guitar), Leon Short (guitar), Jerry Byrd (steel), Jack Drake (bass) and Red Heron (fiddle). The single was released on 26 On October 1946, it reached # 5 on the country & western charts, the Floyd Tillman version, reached # 2.



The song was included in Ernest Tubb’s studio album, Ernest Tubb And His Texas Troubadours (Vocalion 1960), the album was recorded between 1954 and 1958, in Bradley Film & Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee, and released in June 1960.

About Jerry Irby and his song:

Jerry Irby – Nails In My Coffin (Original Single 1945)




A country music classic, versioned by many artists.

Single Jerry Irby ( Globe 1945 )
Single Jerry Irby ( Globe 1945 )

Some versions:
Hank Thompson 1958 (Capitol)
Lattie Moore 1960 (King)
The Whippoorwills 1964 (Canatal)
The Wilburn Brothers 1965 (Decca)
Charlie Walker 1965 (Epic)
Lawrence Walker 1969 (Flyright)
The Hotmud Family 1975 (Vetco)
The Jimmy Johnson Band 1979 (Delmark)
Johnny Bush 1979 (Whiskey River Records)
Mike Henderson 1996 (Dead Reckoning)
Rhonda Vincent 2001 (Rounder)
And many more ……

 





Ernest Tubb – Drivin’ Nails in my Coffin Lyrics

My sweetheart has gone and I’m so lonely she said that she and I were through
So I started out drinking for past time drivin’ nails in my coffin over you
I’m just drivin’ nails in my coffin everytime I drink a bottle of booze
I’m just drivin’ nails in my coffin Lord I’m drivin’ those nails over you

Now ever since the day that we’ve parted I’ve been so sad and so blue
I’m always thinking of you love and I just can’t quit drinking that old booze
I’m just drivin’ nails in my coffin…

Now you’ve turned me down you don’t want me there’s nothing now I can lose
I’m just drivin’ those nails in my coffin and worryin’ my darlin’ over you
I’m just drivin’ nails in my coffin…

Single Ernest Tubb ( Decca 1946 )
Single Ernest Tubb ( Decca 1946 )

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