Daddy Sang Bass

Album: The Definitive Collection (1968)
Charted: 42
Play Video
  • I remember when I was a lad
    Times were hard and things were bad
    But there's a silver linin' behind every cloud
    Just four people that 's all we were
    Tryin' to make a livin' out of black-land dirt
    But we'd get together in a family circle singin' loud

    Daddy sang bass (mama sang tenor)
    Me and little brother would join right in there
    Singin' seems to help a troubled soul
    One of these days and it won't be long
    I'll rejoin them in a song
    I'm gonna join the family circle at the throne

    Though the circle won't be broken
    By and by, Lord, by and by
    Daddy sang bass (mama sang tenor)
    Me and little brother would join right in there
    In the sky, Lord, in the sky

    Now I remember after work mama would call in all of us
    You could hear us singin' for a country mile
    Now little brother has done gone on
    But I'll rejoin him in a song
    We'll be together again up yonder in a little while

    Daddy sang bass (mama sang tenor)
    Me and little brother would join right in there
    'Cause singin' seems to help a troubled soul
    One of these days and it won't be long
    I'll rejoin them in a song
    I'm gonna join the family circle at the throne

    Oh no the circle won't be broken
    By and by, Lord, by and by
    Daddy sang bass (mama sang tenor)
    Me and little brother would join right in there
    In the sky, Lord, in the sky

    In the sky, Lord, in the sky Writer/s: CARL PERKINS
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 12

  • Woowoo from MissouriOn the recording, Mama sang tenor was sung by Jan Howard not June Carter.
  • Seventhmist from 7th HeavenCarl Perkins was a good man and I always loved this song, one of many treasures he left us.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaThank you Carl.
  • Kelly from Staunton, VaYes, tenor is traditionally the high male voice, but many women in their lowest range can and do match the pitch. And that isn't Jimmy you hear up there, it's Lew DeWitt, the Statler's original tenor along with Don Reid on "Me and little brother...". Nothing better than Cash with my hometown boys!
  • Briar from Hazard, KyMy family used to sing this on long car trips.
  • Dave from Des Moines, IaI thought I heard the Statlers on this. Thanx! I saw this performed once on tv and I believe Jimmy Fortune did the tenor.
  • Mark from Byrdstown, TnCarl Perkins wrote this great song.Perkins was a great songwriter.He also wrote "Blue Suede Shoes" and was poised to go on Ed Sullivan and become a national idol because his career was on fire but a severe car crash almost killed him and instead Presley went on the show and instead became the rock n roll king.Elvis didnt have a quarter of the sheer musical talent that Perkins did.
  • Mel from Random, PaIn Sacred Harp (shape note) singing, men and women sing tenor, which is the melody part. Sacred Harp is very common in the rural South, where Cash and Carter are from.
  • Dale from Wisconsin Rapids, WiActually June Carter Cash isn't the female tenor on this record, then tenor was provided by Grand Ole Opry artist Jan Howard.
  • Annabelle from Eugene, Or"Daddy Sang Bass, Mama Sang Tenor". Isn't the tenor voice actually the highest range of a male singer?
  • Jon from Oakridge, OrA great spiritual song. CASH RULES.
  • Louis from Jacksonville, FlI have listen to country music all of my life and love it. keep up the good work. Thanks A lot.Louis
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Ben Kowalewicz of Billy Talent

Ben Kowalewicz of Billy TalentSongwriter Interviews

The frontman for one of Canada's most well-known punk rock bands talks about his Eddie Vedder encounter, Billy Talent's new album, and the importance of rock and roll.

Gavin Rossdale of Bush

Gavin Rossdale of BushSongwriter Interviews

On the "schizoid element" of his lyrics, and a famous line from "Everything Zen."

Max Cavalera of Soulfly (ex-Sepultura)

Max Cavalera of Soulfly (ex-Sepultura)Songwriter Interviews

The Brazilian rocker sees pictures in his riffs. When he came up with one of his gnarliest songs, there was a riot going on.

Randy Newman

Randy NewmanSongwriting Legends In Their Own Words

Newman makes it look easy these days, but in this 1974 interview, he reveals the paranoia and pressures that made him yearn for his old 9-5 job.

American Hits With Foreign Titles

American Hits With Foreign TitlesSong Writing

What are the biggest US hits with French, Spanish (not "Rico Suave"), Italian, Scottish, Greek, and Japanese titles?

Dwight Twilley

Dwight TwilleySongwriter Interviews

Since his debut single "I'm On Fire" in 1975, Dwight has been providing Spinal-Tap moments and misadventure.