John Conlee performs “Busted” On Grand Ole Opry.

It was recorded for the first time by Johnny Cash. But the most successful version in the country charts, was the one recorded by John Conlee, reached # 6 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart in 1982.

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Busted:

Lp cover John Conlee ( MCA 1982 )
Lp cover John Conlee ( MCA 1982 )

 

It was recorded for the first time by Johnny Cash.
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 cover Johnny Cash ( Columbia 1962 )
Single cover Johnny Cash ( Columbia 1962 )

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 …



 

 

Story Of The Song

Johnny Cash performs “Busted” On Hootennany Show.





John Conlee – Busted Lyrics

The bills are all due
The babies need shoes
I’m busted
Cotton is down to a quarter a pound
I’m busted

Got a cow that’s gone dry
Hen that won’t lay
A big stack of bills get bigger each day
The county gonna haul my belongings away
I’m busted

I called brother Bill to ask for a loan
I was busted
Lord, I hate to beg like a dog for a bone
I’m busted

My brother said
There ain’t a thing I can do
My wife and my kids
They’re all down with the flu
I was just thinkin’ of callin’ on you
I’m busted

Now Lord, I’m no thief
But I could go wrong
I’m so busted
The food that we canned last summer is gone
I’m busted

The fields are all bare
The cotton won’t grow
Me and my family’s gotta pack up and go
Where I’ll make a living
Lord only knows
I’m busted

Where I’ll make a living
Lord only knows
I’m busted

Single Joh Conlee ( MCA 1982 )
Single Joh Conlee ( MCA 1982 )

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