Guitar lesson for

Sunday Morning Coming Down

by Johnny Cash  β€’  Lesson #98

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Editor’s notes

In this lesson, I’ll teach you how to play the song β€œSunday Morning Coming Down,” a with chords and strumming pattern included. This is a Kris Kristofferson song, covered by many folks (including Johnny Cash). This lesson features a no-capo version with a few different ways to approach strumming (easy strumming and alternating bass notes). Watch and enjoy!

Video timestamps:

Capo notes

To play along with Kris Kristofferson’s version, use a capo on the 2nd fret. To play along with Johnny Cash’s version, use a capo on the 1st fret. In my video lesson, I don’t use a capo. It’s up to you!

Lyrics w/ chords

        G                              C              D                G
Well, I woke up Sunday morning with no way to hold my head that didn't hurt
        G                               Em                          D
And the beer I had for breakfast wasn't bad so I had one more for dessert
       G                               C                                   G       Em
Then I fumbled in my closet through my clothes and found my cleanest dirty shirt
       C                  D                C                      D
Then I washed my face and combed my hair ...and stumbled down the steps to meet the day

    G                                     C                D              G
I'd smoked my mind the night before with... cigarettes and songs I'd been picking
      G                                    Em                                     D
But I lit my first and watched a small kid playing playing with a can that he was kicking
       G                                       C                                G         Em
Then I walked across the street and caught the Sunday smell of someone's frying chicken
             C               D                  C                   D                G
And Lord, it took me back to something that I'd lost somewhere, somehow... along the way

        G                      C                                      G
        ...On a Sunday morning sidewalk I'm wishing, Lord, that I was stoned
                                      D                               G
        'Cause there's something in a Sunday that makes a body feel alone
                                     C                                    G
        And there's nothing short of dying that's half as lonesome as the sound
                             D                                  G
        Of the sleeping city sidewalk and Sunday morning coming down

In the [G] park I saw a daddy with a [C] laughing little [D] girl that he was [G] swinging
And I [G] stopped beside a Sunday school and [Em] listened to the songs they were [D] singing
Then I [G] headed down the street and somewhere [C] far away a lonely bell was [G] ringing [Em]
And it [C] echoed through the [D] canyons like the [C] disappearing dreams of yester[D]day

        [G]...On a Sunday morning [C] sidewalk I'm wishing, Lord, that I was [G] stoned
        'Cause there's [G] something in a [D] Sunday that makes a body feel [G] alone
        And there's [G] nothing short of [C] dying that's half as lonesome as the [G] sound
        Of the [G] sleeping city [D] sidewalk and Sunday morning coming [G] down

Chords needed

E ––––3–––––0–––––0–––––2–––––
B ––––0–––––0–––––1–––––3–––––
G ––––0–––––0–––––0–––––2–––––
D ––––0–––––2–––––2–––––0–––––
A ––––2–––––2–––––3–––––––––––
E ––––3–––––0–––––––––––––––––
      G     Em    C     D

Walkdown riffs

From G to E-minor:

E ||––––––3––––––––3–––––––––0–––––
B ||––––––3––––––––3–––––––––0–––––
G ||––––––0––––––––0–––––––––0–––––
D ||––––––0––––––––0–––––––––2–––––
A ||––––––2––––––––x–––––––––2–––––
E ||–––3––3–––––2––2––––––0––0–––––
          G       G/F#       Em

From D to G:

E ||––––––2–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3––––
B ||––––––3–––––––3––––––––3––––––––3–––––––3––––
G ||––––––2–––––––2––––––––2––––––––2–––––––0––––
D ||–––0––0–––––––0––––––––0––––––––0–––––––0––––
A ||–––––––––––3––3–––––2––2–––––0––0–––––––2––––
E ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––3––3––––
          D     D/C      D/B      D/A       G

Strumming with alternating bass note

E ||–––––3–3–––––3–3––––3–3–––––3–3––––
B ||–––––3–3–––––3–3––––3–3–––––3–3––––
G ||–––––0–0–––––0–0––––0–0–––––0–0––––
D ||–––––0–0–––––0–0––––0–0–––––0–0––––
A ||––––––––––2––––––––––––––2–––––––––
E ||–––3––––––––––––––3––––––––––––––––
       G

E ||–––––0–0–––––0–0––––0–0–––––0–0––––
B ||–––––1–1–––––1–1––––1–1–––––1–1––––
G ||–––––0–0–––––0–0––––0–0–––––0–0––––
D ||––––––––––2––––––––––––––2–––––––––
A ||–––3––––––––––––––3––––––––––––––––
E ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
       C

E ||–––––2–2–––––2–2–––––2–2–––––2–2–––
B ||–––––3–3–––––3–3–––––3–3–––––3–3–––
G ||–––––2–2–––––2–2–––––2–2–––––2–2–––
D ||–––0–––––––––––––––0–––––––––––––––
A ||––––––––––0–––––––––––––––0––––––––
E ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
       D

E ||–––––0–0–––––0–0––––0–0–––––0–0––––
B ||–––––0–0–––––0–0––––0–0–––––0–0––––
G ||–––––0–0–––––0–0––––0–0–––––0–0––––
D ||–––––2–2–––––2–2––––2–2–––––2–2––––
A ||––––––––––2––––––––––––––2–––––––––
E ||–––0––––––––––––––2––––––––––––––––
       Em

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