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This was written by Jimmie Davis who was the first to record it in 1940. Davis was a prolific songwriter who became Governor of Louisiana a few years after.
Bing Crosby was the first to have a hit with this song. His version went to #20 in the US in 1941.
This was sung on the "It Was a GOOD Life" episode of The Twilight Zone by a neighbor of a supernatural little boy -- before the boy changes the neighbor into a jack-in-the-box and buries him in a cornfield.
The B-side was Hank Williams' signature song, "Your Cheatin' Heart." (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above 3)
Lita talks about how they wrote songs in The Runaways, and how she feels about her biggest hit being written by somebody else.
Al Jourgensen of Ministry
In the name of song explanation, Al talks about scoring heroin for William Burroughs, and that's not even the most shocking story in this one.