Johnny Cash & Tennessee Three: One Piece at a Time | Song-Factsheet


Song «One Piece at a Time» von Johnny Cash & Tennessee Three.


Veröffentlichungsdaten: 1976 03 (Single), 1976 05 (Album)
Label: Columbia 3-10321, Columbia KC 34193
Songwriter Wayne Kemp
Produktion: Charlie Bragg & Don Davis
Genre: Country - Autorencountry - Songster


Aus diesem Stück nahmen die Cramps die Genrebezeichnung ihrer Musik: «Psychobilly».

Personen und Querverweise

Johnny Cash
Tennessee Three
Wayne Kemp
Charlie Bragg
Don Davis


[Verse 1] Well, I left Kentucky back in '49 And went to Detroit working on assembly line The first year they had me putting wheels on Cadillacs Every day I'd watch them beauties roll by And sometimes I'd hang my head and cry Because 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 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 [Chorus] I'd get it one piece at a time And it wouldn't cost me a dime You'd know it's me when I come through your town I'm going to ride around in style I'm going to drive everybody wild Because I'll have the only one there is around [Verse 2] So the very next day when I punched in With my big lunchbox, and with help from my friend I left that day with a lunchbox 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, 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 all right Until 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 a-daptor 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 them 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 up town 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 court house they didn't laugh Because to type it up it took the whole staff And when they got through the title weighed sixty pounds [Chorus] 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 going to ride around in style I'm going to drive everybody wild Because I'll have the only one there is around [Outro] Uh, yeah, Red Ryder? This is the Cotton Mouth In the Psycho-Billy Cadillac, come on Huh? This is the Cotton Mouth And negatory on the cost of this mo-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