That’ll be cash on the barrelhead son

Posted by | August 10, 2007

Got in a little trouble at the county seat
Lord they put me in the jailhouse for loafing on the street
When the judge heard the verdict I was a guilty man
He said forty five dollars or thirty days in the can
That’ll be cash on the barrelhead son you can make your choice you’re twenty one
No money down no credit plan no time to chase you cause I’m a busy man

The Louvin BrothersFound a telephone number on a laundry slip
I had a good hearted jailer with a six gun hip
He let me call long distance she said number please
And no sooner than I told her she shouted out at me
That’ll be cash on the barrelhead son not parting cash but the entire sum
No money down no credit plan cause a little bird tells me you’re a travelling man

Thirty days in the jailhouse four days on the road
I was feeling mighty hungry my feet a heavy load
Saw a greyhound coming stuck up my thumb
Just as I was being seated the driver caught my arm
That’ll be cash on the barrelhead son this old grey dog is paid to run
When the engine stops and the wheels won’t roll
Give me cash on the barrelhead I’ll take you down the road

“Cash on the Barrelhead”
The Louvin Brothers
Ira Louvin vocals, mandolin
Charlie Louvin vocals, guitar
recorded May 4, 1956

Born and raised in Alabama’s northeastern sliver of the Appalachian mountains, both Charlie (born Charlie Elzer Loudermilk, July 7, 1927) and Ira (born Lonnie Ira Loudermilk, April 21, 1924; d. June 20, 1965) were attracted to the close-harmony country brother duets of the Blue Sky Boys, the Delmore Brothers, the Callahans Brothers and the Monroe Brothers. Their group, formed in Knoxville, TN in 1940, built a reputation for unexcelled gospel singing by the early 1950s.

The minor hit “The Get Acquainted Waltz” (recorded with Chet Atkins) was their first foray into secular music. In 1955, after ten unsuccessful auditions, they finally joined the Grand Ole Opry, where they performed to great acclaim until 1963, when they broke up. They had a number of hits, including the much-covered “When I Stop Dreaming” and “Cash on the Barrel Head.” In 2001, the Louvin brothers were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.


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