Written for Bobby Bare, who declined it. Melodically related with gospel standard The Old Rugged Cross, written in 1912 by Methodist evangelist George Bennard, first performed in 1913 in Pokagon, Michigan and recorded by Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash & June Carter, Patsy Cline, Floyd Cramer, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Vince Gill, Al Green, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Mahalia Jackson, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Ronnie Milsap, Anne Murray, Willie Nelson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Brad Paisley, Elvis Presley, Ray Price, Jim Reeves and The Statler Brothers. Curly Putman's demo is on the internet.
Tom Jones [n°1 UK & B]
Ferlin Husky [on his lp True True Lovin']
Dalida [as Les Grilles de ma maison]
Nana Mouskouri [as Le Toit de ma maison]
Johnny Cash [At Folsom Prison]
Flying Burrito Brothers [with Gram Parsons]
Prisoner longing to go home. Ted Hawkins knew what he was singing about and Porter Wagoner must be fascinated by claustrophobia; see: The Cold Hard Facts Of Life and The Rubber Room. Tom Jones first heard it from Jerry Lee Lewis' version but follows Wagoner's. Tom's success made Engelbert Humperdinck start browsing through C&W catalogues; see: Release Me.