Johnny Horton - Sleepy-Eyed John Lyrics




Well, way down yonder on Candy Creek
I whittled out a fiddle from a wagon seat
I tune my fiddle and I rub my bow
Play a little tune wherever I go

Sleepy-eyed John, you better get your britches on
Sleepy-eyed John better tie your shoe
Sleepy-eyed John, you better get your britches on
Try to get to heaven 'for the devil gets to you

Well, Sleepy-eyed John he stole a goose
The goose she clucked but she couldn't get loose
Said John to the goose, "If you don't be still
We'll miss our supper down in Candy ville"

Sleepy-eyed John, you better get your britches on
Sleepy-eyed John better tie your shoe
Sleepy-eyed John, you better get your britches on
Try to get to heaven 'for the devil gets to you

Now Sleepy-eyed John he had a wooden leg
The wooden leg was nothing but a little wooden peg
With one shoe off and one shoe on
Do the double-shuffle till the cows come home

Sleepy-eyed John, you better get your britches on
Sleepy-eyed John better tie your shoe
Sleepy-eyed John, you better get your britches on
Try to get to heaven 'for the devil gets to you

I took 20 dollars for to build a fence
I took my money and I ain't worked since
I sold my buggy and I sold my plow
I wouldn't take a dollar for my journey now

Sleepy-eyed John, you better get your britches on
Sleepy-eyed John better tie your shoe
Sleepy-eyed John, you better get your britches on
Try to get to heaven 'for the devil gets to you

Over the hickory and down the pine
The racoon left and the old hound whined
John said "Sick 'em", and the racoon left
They crossed Green River in a minute and a half

Sleepy-eyed John, you better get your britches on
Sleepy-eyed John better tie your shoe
Sleepy-eyed John, you better get your britches on
Try to get to heaven 'for the devil gets to you





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  1. SLIVO

    1:21 when you need xp

  2. John Benn

    WOW WOW WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    From a mad keen 76yo Aussie fan.
    GOD--Who could be sleepy-eyed with that delectable dish.

  3. sauquoit13456

    From the 'For What It's Worth' department:
    'A BUNCH OF JOHNNYS'*
    On this day in 1961 {April 10th} there were four 'Johnnys' on Billboard's Bubbling Under the Top 100 chart:
    #108. "The Water Was Red" by Johnny Cymbal
    #109. "You Set My Heart To Music" by Johnny Mathis
    #111. "African Waltz" by Johnny Dankworth
    #112. "Hop Scotch" by Santo and Johnny
    #118. "Jenny" by Johnny Mathis {his second entry on the chart}...
    And on Billboard's Top 100 there were three more Johnnys:
    #26 "Once Upon A Time" by Rochell And The Candles With Johnny Wyatt
    #27. "Model Girl" by Johnny Maestro
    #63. "Sleepy-Eyed John" by Johnny Horton
    * And of course all of the above records are available on You Tube...
    NOTE: Three weeks later "Sleepy-Eyed John" would peak at #54 {for 1 week} and it spent seven weeks on the Top 100...

  4. John Jurkewicz

    this is a great song and I love it

  5. John Jurkewicz

    I love masterpiece like this so great

  6. John Jurkewicz

    I love it

  7. michael merrigan

    Johnny Horton bring music alive

  8. Vertis Hayes

    No you hear Johnny Horton Charlie Danial was barely even born yet!! Johnny's the man!!!!!

    michael merrigan

    Vertis Hayes love Johnny Horton music is all about someone who live for something

    Ricky L

    Johnny was born in 1925. Charlie Daniels in 1936. While I don't believe they played together he was hardly little in the 50s and 60s before Johnny died.

  9. Benjamin Lee

    More real then Elvis , and much better

  10. CoolHandLukeZ

    love this song...I like to play my Jew's Harp to it!

    Stew Padasso

    Is that the Memphis Belle!!!!?

  11. CoolHandLukeZ

    love this song...I like to play my Jew's Harp to it!

    Wooden Nickel

    I hear Charlie Daniels.

  12. DeSoto392Hemi

    Rockabilly country at its best!
    Long live Johnny Horton!

  13. zack young

    nice pic..........

  14. niceboyz77

    some good ole jonny horton gotta love it

  15. solomonkain

    Quality