Hearing the song “Green Green Grass Of Home” can make our eyes water. It may be soothing to the ears, but the lyrics tell a very miserable tale. I’m pretty sure that everybody can relate to the song for it will pierce your hearts and souls.

The first time you hear the song, it may sound like resembling the recollections of the past and the memories of yesterday’s childhood. But as you go along, you will be overwhelmed as it will convey regret and death behind its melodic tune.

The Sad Story…

The portrayal of the song tells a man returning to his childhood home. Seemingly it is his first visit since leaving in his youth. When he steps down from the train, his parents are there to greet him, and his beloved, Mary, comes running to join them.

All is at ease and happy. The family, friends, and the lover come to meet him with arms wide open and with smiles on their faces. With Mary, the man strolls thankfully remembering his childhood, including “the old oak tree that he used to play on”.

As the lyrics say, it is “good to touch the green, green grass of home.” The music and the words are full of revelation, powerfully evocative of mourning.

Shortly, the man switches from song to speech as he awakens in prison. “Then I awake and look around me, at four grey walls that surround me. And I realize that I was only dreaming.” He is, indeed, on a death row.

As the singing resumes, we learn that the man is waking on the day of his scheduled execution. As the lines say, “there’s a guard, and there’s a sad old padre, arm in arm, we’ll walk at daybreak.” The man will return home only to be buried. And finally, “Yes, they’ll all come to see me in the shade of that old oak tree, as they lay me ‘neath the green, green grass of home.”

The Song…

“Green, Green Grass of Home” was written by Claude “Curly” Putman, Jr. Johnny Darrell first recorded it. Besides, it was made famous by Porter Wagoner in 1965 when it reached No. 4 on the country charts. On that same year, it was sung by Bobby Bare.

In 1965, the song had also been recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis who was included on his album “Country Songs for City Folks.”

The song was initially a country song, it then changed when Tom Jones recorded his rendition in 1966. It later became a worldwide No. 1 hit, but Jones learned the song from Lewis’ version.

Other covers include Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers, and many more. For Rogers and Presley’s Music Video of the song, kindly click their names.

The Lyrics…

The old home town looks the same

As I step down from the train

And there to meet me is my Mama and Papa

Down the road, I look and there runs Mary

Hair of gold and lips like cherries

It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home

Yes, they’ll all come to meet me, arms reaching, smiling sweetly

It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home

The old house is still standing tho’ the paint is cracked and dry

And there’s that old oak tree that I used to play on

Down the lane, I walk with my sweet Mary

Hair of gold and lips like cherries

It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home

Then I awake and look around me

At four grey walls that surround me

And I realize, yes, I was only dreaming

For there’s a guard, and there’s a sad old padre

Arm in arm, we’ll walk at daybreak

Again I touch the green, green grass of home

Yes, they’ll all come to see me

In the shade of that old oak tree

As they lay me ‘neath the green, green grass of home

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