Cash, Johnny - Don't Take Your Guns To Town Lyrics

A young cowboy named Billy Joe grew restless on the farm
A boy filled with wonderlust who really meant no harm
He changed his clothes and shined his boots
And combed his dark hair down
And his mother cried as he walked out

Don't take your guns to town son
Leave your guns at home Bill
Don't take your guns to town

He laughed and kissed his mom
And said your Billy Joe's a man
I can shoot as quick and straight as anybody can
But I wouldn't shoot without a cause
I'd gun nobody down
But she cried again as he rode away

Don't take your guns to town son
Leave your guns at home Bill
Don't take your guns to town

He sang a song as on he rode
His guns hung at his hips
He rode into a cattle town
A smile upon his lips
He stopped and walked into a bar
And laid his money down
But his mother's words echoed again

Don't take your guns to town son
Leave your guns at home Bill
Don't take your guns to town

He drank his first strong liquor then to calm his shaking hand
And tried to tell himself at last, he had become a man
A dusty cowpoke at his side began to laugh him down
And he heard again his mothers words

Don't take your guns to town son
Leave your guns at home Bill
Don't take your guns to town

Filled with rage then
Billy Joe reached for his gun to draw
But the stranger drew his gun and fired
Before he even saw
As Billy Joe fell to the floor
The crowd all gathered 'round
And wondered at his final words

Don't take your guns to town son
Leave your guns at home Bill
Don't take your guns to town

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Cash, Johnny Don't Take Your Guns To Town Comments
  1. saiyed zaidi

    Dont take your credit card to town son leave you credit card at home bill dont take your credit card to town.

  2. SportsDrama

    They don't make country music the same anymore it's a shame

  3. Same 666

    E neanche coltelli o tirapugni né tritolo

  4. R3G 1200

    Listen to R3G "Ain't no Grave - Johnny Cash Remix" by R3G on #SoundCloud made this to honour the great late Johnny. Respect


    Every SINGLE man and women that CARRYS A firearm needs to hear THIS song.

    "Never do a single thing u WOULDNT Do un-armed, .....


  6. the albanian king

    Moral of the story is,, keep your gun in hand not in your pocket

  7. Tomas Levi

    Dont take your bomb to town, Ahmed

  8. curtis brown

    moral of the story, don't get shot. lol

  9. David Radcliffe

  10. Alleged Combustion

    You know Johnny i thank you for the advice but I’ll do whatever I want with my guns

  11. TheNobleDildo 88

    Sadly 859 people took their guns to town.

  12. Malachi Sowards

    It’s actually called The Ballad of Billy Joe

  13. Jordan

    Thanks Johnny
    Thanks Bill’s mom
    Thank God

  14. Dr. Dude

    billy's not dead, he just has lumbago, it's very serious

    Connor Stefanick

    Dr. Dude maaaaan. Fuck this comment.

  15. Brielle Schaecer

    This is my fav song for m wen I was 2 and know I now all the songs

  16. Julio Avila

    I wonder if this can relate to recent school shootings? Like actually listen to the song and I feel like they could relate to these recent tragedies you know ?🤷🏽‍♂️ just a thought

  17. Freedom Fries

    2019 anyone?

  18. Typical Skateboarder

    846 people are going to become mass shooters.

  19. Faisal Almalki

    in your face billy, in your second life do what your mom told you. lol

  20. Tiger Hunters

    ❤❤❤❤💪❤superb ♥🔫

  21. Alban1 you’re to blame

    1:39 great people , the word kills them , not strength or skill , it’s the word they respect

  22. rio manatar

    the moral is when Billy takes his gun to town he was entering a jungle law, the weak will lose. Without gun, no jungle law.


    Moral of the story, don't go looking for trouble. It rarely ends in your favor./ I agree , but it's essential to have one when trouble comes your way

  24. Reef Joubarani

    Johnny? Are you ok? Do I need to increase your medication?

  25. ParanoidCoolcat

    if you got time try this song on rock band nice and good and hard

  26. Jefferey Stratton

    Dont act tougher than you really are.

  27. Rocky Roads are smooth to me

    Sure wish I'd heard this song earlier,......I did hear someone saying something....
    Listen to the parents kids!

  28. Auston Rowe

    To many family members liked this song. God bless you cash

  29. Aminarica

    The guy who shot him was the guy who went to Folsom Prison! It connects!

  30. Onyx1916

    834 people took their guns to town.

  31. rust cohle

    That’s sad bruh 💔

  32. Toosuna Kabooma

    If only I had listened to mama, then everything would be all right ....

    Rocky Roads are smooth to me

    No joke!

  33. johnkentvalan


  34. Katya Dunn


  35. Jose Sanchez

    My dad went away too he's gone Sanchez.David.

    Rocky Roads are smooth to me

    Perhaps he will see your comments, GOD bless you.

  36. J Library

    Never had a gun , maybe I should

  37. Ziggybam Murphy

    Im not a country fan, but man i love Cash.....i feel he was more rock and roll story telling outlaw than a country singer... With the likes of Elvis and Morrison

  38. Tony T

    you get all you need, stop wanting son...

  39. Geta SandwicH

    PABLITO SI TE VAS DEJA LAS PISTOLAS ACA. My old family sang me this joint in the spanish version, a translated version by Colombian singer Julio Erazo

  40. Ron Fraley

    You know everybody that put their thumbs down on Johnny Cash ain't got s*** to say but I think he's the greatest artist out there so piss on all you I think otherwise

  41. Just Saying

    This is the new theme song to the Patriots 2019 season...

    Edit: "Dont take your guns to foxborough, leave your guns at home son, don't take your guns to town."

  42. Thomas Jefferson

    Great song I would hate to be him

  43. Surf Skydive

    moral of story ; don't drink.

  44. Lusi Futo

    My grandpa is named billy joe

  45. eric Kaufman

    Don't take on seven gunslingers when all you're packing is a six-shooter.

  46. Tom Dandy Music

    Lol just covered it and he sounds like me. Johnny your the best RIP

  47. T Wake

    That’s why you carry concealed cowboy

  48. Gorgi Dinev

    This is the saddest song I ever heard... Why dint u listen to your mom Billy

  49. Whynot Person

    Plot twist, Bill ran into the ranger from Big Iron.

  50. Jimmy Yu Sniper

    The lyric is "a boy with wanderlust" not "wonderlust" you idiot

  51. Vassilios Pupkios

    What a loser.

  52. Brains Strowman

    Top comment is wrong the whole point of the story is if he listened to his mom he wouldnt ended up dead

    Diane Wiegel

    I agree, time to start listening to the Moms and women.

  53. William Barrow

    I'm sorry but I just realized Billie Joe Armstrong wrote 21 Guns

  54. György Oláh


    Happy I am guyes


  55. jojomydojo

    Sounds like an old town road wanna be

    Daniel Winstein

    jojomydojo old town road sucks. This is ten times better so how can it be a wannabe. It also came out before old town road so how can it be a wannabe?

    KK Hagerty

    jojomydojo you’re an idiot

  56. Crafter

    Go looking for trouble and trouble will find you .Johnny found that one out ..

  57. kara ross

    It is also funny

  58. S K

    just listen to your mom, son...
    coz she knows and she ain't just pokin' fun

  59. That One Loser

    Shoulda had quickdraw perk

  60. Alex Lopez

    Damn, my moms says the same thing to me, and I pretty much say the same thing back. I love her though.

  61. normal


  62. bear on beer

    Dont use guns in Rhodes boys

  63. Jarod Farrant

    Moral: don’t flash your guns for everyone because someone is always looking for a fight.

  64. Biggymtb

    Damn this song brings back memories..
    Layed my mother to rest a year ago and she used to listen to Johnny Cash lots when she drank...
    Miss you mams

    Rebecca Spencer

    Biggymtb I know what you main in 3 day it will only be 3 months for me with my mom


    "Don't take your guns to town"

  66. aqau david


  67. DangerClose 9mm

    looks like joe ran into Jerry Miculek… xd

  68. RedneckYeeYee

    🤘🏻👍🏻🇺🇸☹️ Rest In Peace the legend of country the man in black😭

  69. Richard Andrews

    RIP Billy Joe

  70. Alan Paulsen

    Allison cross

  71. Good Job

    I like this song because of the movie killing season.

  72. Billy Da Costa

    Wow💝💞this song is a great❤💯 dont take ur guns to town !!!❤💞 💞

    todd johnston

    I live in Australia, so will just maybe get stabbed

  73. Richard Andrews

    Now this is real true country music

  74. Joe Kittelson

    Pride is what got Billy killed. Choose your battles wisely. Sometimes peace is better than making your point.

    Alex Lopez

    I think I got that from watching Back to the Futre. Lol.

    Spencer Ott

    Joe Kittelson it’s better to be silent and look stupid then it is to open your mouth and prove it.

    Joe Kittelson

    @Spencer Ott wrong. It was better then. Not always

    P Joubert

    @Spencer Ott That's paraphrased from Abe Lincoln. "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than speak up and remove all doubt."

  75. MrDenverharbor1

    This is an always play type song....

  76. Da Coldstone

    Not against John Marston

  77. Tandom714

    Message of this song is Billy should of stayed home.

  78. Julia Neff

    This is fucking disturbing

  79. Alakandolobondaloikinoni Dean

    Cash gives me the chills. I can’t even explain it

  80. FAZZZ50

    one of Johnny's best!

  81. Shane Allen

    Its hard to believe that not a lot of people dont listen to old country.

  82. Shane Allen

    The first time I heard this song I balled my eyes out.

  83. Mighty Dragon

    My dad used to play this for me now I understand why

  84. Kevin McCarthy

    Moral of the story is there’s always someone else faster at the draw so don’t take your guns to town son!

  85. Kevin McCarthy

    Moral of the story is there’s always someone else faster at the draw so don’t take your guns to town son!

  86. Random smark

    This song reminds me of the song Street of Laredo

  87. Anthony Strong

    I’m a huge rap/hip hop fan but god damn i love sole good ol Johnny

  88. Augusto Sousa Barros


  89. Mr. Brooks

    Don’t bring you guns to town John, leave you guns at home

  90. TomRB 97

    Mother knows best.

  91. Kaylib Weela

    johnny cash is the lad who shall be remembered

  92. ILovestorms

    The moral lesson of the story: Always obey your mother and do what she says.

  93. anish dutta

    ever green song .i love it

  94. Kelsie Metz

    I remember this being my favorite song when I was really young, riding around with my mom. She wouldn’t sell me hers so I bought a pistol from somebody else now that I’m old enough, legally speaking, she is still very unhappy about it. She is hella gun friendly, she just doesn’t want me to get hurt. This song really resonates with me in a personal way, centering I haven’t heard it since I was like, 11

  95. Rudy Montanez

    This is why you gotta start drinking before age 10

  96. The Blue Knight

    Billy Joe should have used VATS.