John Anderson performs “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal” Live on That Nashville Music.

Released the song in March 1981 as the first single from his album John Anderson 2. The song reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

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“I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal”

John Anderson 2 (Cover LP)
John Anderson 2 (Cover LP)

“I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Someday)” is a song written and originally recorded by Billy Joe Shaver. American country music artist John Anderson released the song in March 1981 as the first single from his album John Anderson 2. The song reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

The song is briefly sung by the title character in one scene of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.



Honky Tonk Heroes (Cover)
Honky Tonk Heroes (Cover)

Some Versions:
Billy Joe Shaver January 1981
John Anderson April 1981
Stonewall Jackson 1981
Roy Book Binder January 13, 1998
Metroschifter May 20, 1999
Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson & Billy Joe Shaver February 2000
Johnny Cash November 25, 2003
Sound on Sound 2007
Damon Fowler 2009





John Anderson – I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal Lyrics

Hey I’m just an old chunk of coal but I’m gonna be a diamond some day
I’m gonna grow and glow till I’m so blue pure perfect
I’m gonna put a smile on everybody’s face
I’m gonna kneel and pray every day lest I should become vain along the way
I’m just an old chunk of coal now Lord but I’m gonna be a diamond some day

I’m gonna learn the best way to walk gonna search and find a better way to talk
I’m gonna spit and polish my old rough edged self till I get rid of every single flaw
I’m gonna be the world’s best friend I’m gonna go round shaking everybody’s hand
I’m gonna be the cotton pickin’ rage of the age I’m gonna be a diamond some day

Now I’m just an old chunk of coal but I’m gonna be a diamond some day
I’m gonna grow and glow till I’m so blue pure perfect
I’m gonna put a smile on everybody’s face
I’m gonna kneel and pray every day lest I should become vain along the way
I’m just an old chunk of coal but I’m gonna be a diamond some day

John Anderson - I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal (Single 1981)
John Anderson – I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (Single 1981)