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Busted

The lyrics to “Busted,” written by Harlan Howard, and made famous as performed by Johnny Cash: My bills are all due and the babies need shoes, But I’m Busted Cotton’s gone down to a quarter a pound And I’m Busted I got a cow that’s gone dry And a hen that won’t lay A big stack of bills Getting bigger each day The county’s gonna haul my belongings away, But I’m Busted So I called on my brother to ask for a loan ‘Cause I was Busted I hate to beg like a dog for a bone, But I’m Busted My brother said, “there’s not a thing I can do, My wife and my kids Are all down with the flu And I was just thinkin’ about callin’ on you, ‘Cause I’m Busted.” Lord, I ain’t no thief, but a man can go wrong, When he’s Busted The food that we canned last summer is gone, But I’m Busted Now the fields are all bare And the cotton won’t grow Me and my family’s gotta pack up and go But I’ll make a living, just where, I don’t know ‘Cause I’m Busted There’s a lot to think about in this 2 minute song: family, poverty, foreclosure, charity, and economic displacement. Continue Reading...

Still ‘Busted,’ Forty Years Later

Yesterday was the fortieth anniversary of Johnny Cash’s live recording of the album At Folsom Prison. On the 1999 re-release, the brief song “Busted” (originally recorded by Cash in 1962) was included. Continue Reading...