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Five Feet High and Rising

Song by Johnny Cash
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Song Lyrics

by John R. Cash

Recorded 3/12/59

Number 14 - Country Chart; Number 76 - Pop Chart

My mama always taught me that good things come from adversity if we put our faith in the Lord.

We couldn`t see much good in the flood waters when they

were causing us to have to leave home,

But when the water went down, we found that it had washed a load of rich black bottom dirt across our land. The following year we had the best cotton crop we`d ever had.

I remember hearing:

How high`s the water, mama?

Two feet high and risin`

How high`s the water, papa?

Two feet high and risin`

We can make it to the road in a homemade boat

That`s the only thing we got left that`ll float

It`s already over all the wheat and the oats,

Two feet high and risin`

How high`s the water, mama?

Three feet high and risin`

How high`s the water, papa?

Three feet high and risin`

Well, the hives are gone,

I`ve lost my bees

The chickens are sleepin`

In the willow trees

Cow`s in water up past her knees,

Three feet high and risin`

How high`s the water, mama?

Four feet high and risin`

How high`s the water, papa?

Four feet high and risin`

Hey, come look through the window pane,

The bus is comin`, gonna take us to the train

Looks like we`ll be blessed with a little more rain,

4 feet high and risin`

How high`s the water, mama?

Five feet high and risin`

How high`s the water, papa?

Five feet high and risin`

Well, the rails are washed out north of town

We gotta head for higher ground

We can`t come back till the water comes down,

Five feet high and risin`

Well, it`s five feet high and risin`


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Release History

Disc Track Album Year
1 3 Heart Of Cash Studio Album 1968
1 2 Songs Of Our Soil Studio Album 2002
1 6 Hello, I'm Johnny Cash Studio Album 1970
1 3 At Madison Square Garden Live 2002
1 3 At Madison Square Garden / Man In Black: Live In Denmark 1971 Album 2008
1 12 The Rebel - Johnny Yuma Single 2014
1 2 I Got Stripes / Five Feet High And Rising Single 1959
1 7 The Best Of Johnny Cash Studio Album 1998
1 16 The Best Of Johnny Cash Compilation 1998
1 11 Ring Of Fire Compilation 1995
1 10 Greatest Hits Volume 1 Compilation 1967
1 17 Johnny Cash Compilation 1996
1 14 The Fabulous Johnny Cash / Songs Of Our Soil Studio Album 1999
1 12 The Legendary Johnny Cash Compilation 2005
1 10 Timeless Hits Compilation 2004
1 5 Greatest Hits Compilation 1995
1 7 The Best Of Johnny Cash - Zijn 20 Grootste Hits Compilation 1977
2 4 The Man In Black • 1959-'62 Compilation 1991
1 12 Man In Black - The Very Best Of Johnny Cash Compilation 2002
1 26 The Essential Johnny Cash 1955-1983 Compilation 1992
1 5 Greatest Hits Compilation 1995
1 3 The King/The Queen Compilation
1 17 A Boy Named Johnny Compilation 2002
1 11 The Legend Compilation 2005
1 6 Hello, I'm Johnny Cash Compilation 1969
1 8 Five Feet High And Rising / A Cash Country Collection Compilation 1974
1 9 A Free Man (Johnny Cash Singt 20 Lieder Aus Einem Freien Land Voller Abenteuer) Compilation 1981
1 2 Trilogy Compilation 2010
1 4 Johnny Cash Compilation 1973
1 3 King And Queen Of Country Compilation 1969
1 15 Starportrait Compilation 1971
1 8 Nashville Sessions Vol. 2: Classic Cash '88 & Boom Chicka Boom Compilation 2006
1 6 The Best Of Johnny Cash Compilation 1976
1 16 Original 3 CDs Compilation 2003
1 42 Greatest Hits And Favorites Compilation 2010
1 10 Starportrait Compilation 1971
1 9 Classic Cash Compilation 1989
1 10 Johnny Cash Compilation 1979
1 14 The Best Of Compilation 1976
1 3 The Heart Of Johnny Cash Compilation 1968
1 33 The Real... Johnny Cash - The Ultimate Collection Compilation 2011
1 16 The Best Of Johnny Cash Compilation 1998
1 5 Columbia Records 1958-1986 Compilation 1987
1 9 Classic Cash Compilation 1989
1 17 The Best Of Johnny Cash - 20 All Time Hits Compilation 1976
1 3 Johnny Cash's America Compilation 2008
1 7 In Concert: The Man In Black - His Early Years Video 2004
1 7 In Concert: The Man In Black - His Early Years Video 2004
1 9 The Great Lost Performance Unclassified 2007
1 9 Classic Cash: Hall of Fame Series Studio Album 1988
1 7 The Man in Black Studio Album
1 8 Classic Cash / Boom Chicka Boom Studio Album 2006
1 14 The Best of Johnny Cash Studio Album
1 2 Songs of Our Soil Studio Album 2010
1 16 Live and on the Air Live
1 8 Bring It Back Alive Live 1990
1 9 The Great Lost Performances Live 2007
1 3 Bootleg, Volume 3: Live Around the World Live 2011
1 8 1990-08-25: Rocky Gap Festival, Cumberland, MD, USA Live
1 9 Live Recordings From The Louisiana Hayride Live 2003
1 11 Einfach das Beste Compilation 2010
1 8 Five Feet High and Rising Compilation 1974
1 8 Kings Of World Music: Johnny Cash Compilation 2001
1 15 The Real Johnny Cash Compilation
1 16 3 Original CDs Compilation 2003
1 2 The Real Johnny Cash Compilation 2011
1 6 100 Hits: Legends: Johnny Cash Compilation 2011
1 16 The Best of Johnny Cash Compilation 1998
1 16 The Best of Johnny Cash Compilation 1995
1 6 Reader's Digest Classics Compilation
1 5 19 Greatest Hits Compilation
1 11 The Essential Johnny Cash Compilation 2002
1 4 The Louisiana Hayride Archives Compilation
1 7 The Man in Black: His Greatest Hits Compilation
1 4 Heroes & Friends, Volume 3 Compilation
1 5 The Greatest Years 1958-1986 Compilation
1 26 The Essential Johnny Cash (1955-1983) Compilation 1992
1 12 Man in Black: The Very Best of Johnny Cash Compilation 2002
1 12 Ring of Fire Compilation 1999
1 10 Greatest Hits, Volume 1 Compilation 1967
1 10 Original Hits Compilation
1 12 Pure Gold Compilation
1 12 The Legendary Compilation 2005
1 4 The Man in Black Compilation 1994
1 11 The Legend Compilation 2005
1 11 Ring of Fire Compilation 1995
1 9 Johnny Cash: Legendary Country Singer Compilation
1 7 30 Essential Hits Compilation 2001
1 14 A Boy Named Johnny Compilation 2001
1 3 The Heart of Cash Compilation 1968
1 4 The Man in Black: 1959-'62 1991
1 22 Honky Tonk Girl 2014
1 5 Hit Wonder: Johnny Cash, Vol. 4 2014
1 5 Cold Shoulder 2014
1 15 Hits and Swing Low Sweet Chariot 2014
1 6 These Things Shall Pass 2014
1 4 Relief Is Just a Swallow Away 2014
1 71 Countrypolitan Classics: Johnny Cash (100 Essential Tracks) Studio Album

Lists

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Five Feet High and Rising appears in the following lists:

Johnny Cash
  • Johnny Cash - Retro Magazine Pictorial [Poland] (February 2017)
  • Johnny Cash - Retro Magazine Pictorial [Poland] (February 2017)
  • Christmas With Johnny Cash  Columbia Records
  • Christmas With Johnny Cash  Columbia Records
  • Johnny Cash - TV Guide Magazine Pictorial [United States] (13 June 1970)
  • Eddie Albert - TV Showtime Magazine Pictorial [United States] (20 June 1969)

John R. "Johnny" Cash (born J. R. Cash; February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having ... View All »
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John R. "Johnny" Cash (born J. R. Cash; February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author. He is one of the bes ... View All »

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