One Piece At A Time by Johnny Cash Lyrics and Chords

One Piece At A Time is one of the most popular songs of the time. One Piece At A Time lyrics written by Johnny Cash. This song has sung by Johnny Cash

SingerJohnny Cash
AlbumOne Piece at a Time
Released1976
Difficultybeginner

One Piece At A Time

Well, I left Kentucky back in ’49
An’ went to Detroit workin’ on a ‘sembly line
The first year they had me puttin’ wheels on Cadillacs
Every day I’d watch them beauties roll by
And sometimes I’d hang my head and cry
‘Cause I always wanted me one that was long and black

One day I devised myself a plan
That should be the envy of most any man
I’d sneak it out of there in a lunchbox in my hand
Now gettin’ caught meant gettin’ fired
But I figured I’d have it all by the time I retired
I’d have me a car worth at least a hundred grand…

*****

I’d get it one piece at a time and it wouldn’t cost me a dime
You’ll know it’s me when I come through your town
I’m gonna ride around in style, I’m gonna drive everybody wild
‘Cause I’ll have the only one there is around…

So the very next day when I punched in
With my big lunchbox and with help from my friends
I left that day with a lunch box full of gears
I’ve never considered myself a thief
But GM wouldn’t miss just one little piece
Especially if I strung it out over several years

*****

The first day I got me a fuel pump
And the next day I got me an engine and a trunk
Then I got me a transmission and all of the chrome
The little things I could get in my big lunchbox
Like nuts, an’ bolts, and all four shocks
But the big stuff we snuck out in my buddy’s mobile home…

*****

Now, up to now, my plan went all right
‘Til we tried to put it all together one night
And that’s when we noticed that something was definitely wrong
The transmission was a ’53 and the motor turned out to be a ’73
And when we tried to put in the bolts all the holes were gone

So we drilled it out so that it would fit
And with a little bit of help with an adapter kit
We had that engine runnin’ just like a song
Now the headlight’ was another sight
We had two on the left and one on the right
But when we pulled out the switch all three of ’em come on…

*****

The back end looked kinda funny too
But we put it together and when we got through
Well, that’s when we noticed that we only had one tail-fin
About that time my wife walked out
And I could see in her eyes that she had her doubts
But she opened the door and said, “Honey, take me for a spin

“So we drove uptown just to get the tags
And I headed her right on down main drag
I could hear everybody laughin’ for blocks around
But up there at the courthouse they didn’t laugh
‘Cause to type it up it took the whole staff
And when they got through the title weighed sixty pounds

*****

I got it one piece at a time and it didn’t cost me a dime
You’ll know it’s me when I come through your town
I’m gonna ride around in style, I’m gonna drive everybody wild
‘Cause I’ll have the only one there is around

Uh yow, Red Ryder, this is the cottonmouth
In the Psycho-Billy Cadillac come on, huh, this is the cottonmouth
And negatory on the cost of this mow-chine there Red Ryder
You might say I went right up to the factory
And picked it up, it’s cheaper that way
Uh, what model is it?Well, it’s a ’49, ’50, ’51, ’52, ’53, ’54, ’55, ’56
’57, ’58’ 59′ automobile
It’s a ’60, ’61, ’62, ’63, ’64, ’65, ’66, ’67
’68, ’69, ’70 automobile

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Well I left Kentucky back in ’49

And went to Detroit working on assembly line

The first year they had me putting wheels on Cadillac’s

Every day I’d watch them beauties roll by

And sometimes I’d hang my head and cry

Cause I always wanted me one that was long and black

One day I devised myself a plan

That should be the envy of most any man

I’d sneak it outta there in a lunch box in my hand

Now getting caught meant getting fired

But I figured I’d have it all by the time I retired

I’d have me a car worth at least a hundred grand

I’d get it one piece at a time and it wouldn’t cost me a dime

You’ll know it’s me when I come through your town

I’m gonna ride around in style I’m gonna drive everybody wild

Cause I’ll have the only one there is around

So the very next day when I punched in

With my big lunch box and with help from my friends

I left that day with a lunch-box full of gears

I’ve never considered myself a thief

But GM wouldn’t miss just one little piece

Especially if I strung it out over several years

The first day I got me a fuel pump

And the next day I got me an engine and a trunk

Then I got me a transmission and all the chrome

The little things I could get in my big lunch box

Like nuts and bolts and all four shocks

But the big stuff we snuck out in my buddy’s mobile home

Now up to now my plan went alright

Till we tried to put it all together one night

And that’s when we noticed that something was definitely wrong

The transmission was a ’53

And the motor turned out to be a ’73

And when we tried to put in the bolts all the holes were gone

So we drilled it out so that it would fit

And with a little bit of help from an adapter kit

We had that engine running just like a song

Now the headlights they was another sight

We had two on the left and one on the right

But when we pulled out the switch all three of ’em come on

The back end looked kind of funny too

But we put it together and when we got through

Well that’s when we noticed that we only had one tail fin

About that time my wife walked out

And I could see in her eyes that she had her doubts

But she opened the door and said honey take me for a spin

So we drove uptown just to get the tags

And I headed her right on down main drag

I could hear everybody laughing for blocks around

But up there at the courthouse they didn’t laugh

Cause to type it up it took the whole staff

And when they got through the title weighed sixty pounds

I got it one piece at a time and it didn’t cost me a dime

You’d know it’s me when I come through your town

I’m gonna ride around in style I’m gonna drive everybody wild

Cause I’ll have the only one there is around

Ah yeah Red Rider this is the Cottonmouth

In the Psychobilly Cadillac come on

Oh this is the Cottonmouth and negatory

On the cost of this machine there Red Rider

You might say I went right up to the factory and picked it up

It’s cheaper that way…

Ah what model it is?

Well it’s a ’49, ’50, ’51, ’52, ’53, ’54, ’55, ’56

57 ’58’ 59′ Automobile

It’s a ’60, ’61, ’62, ’63, ’64, ’65, ’66, ’67

68, ’69, ’70 Automobile

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