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Album: The Definitive CollectionReleased: 1968Charted:
This was written by rockabilly legend Carl Perkins, who was a member of Johnny Cash's traveling show at the time. Perkins wrote it about the sing-a-longs that many families in the Bible Belt would have after a hard day's work. He received permission from the Carter family to use the refrain of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken?
" and incorporated it into the song. The other voices on the recording are June Carter Cash and the Statler Brothers, who were also members of Cash's traveling show. This song was #1 on the country charts for six weeks in early 1969.
They Might Be Giants sampled this on their song "Boat of Car." It appears on their 1986 self-titled debut album.