Johnny Cash, "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down"
Written by Kris Kristofferson and made a hit by Johnny Cash, "Sunday Morning Coming Down" is not for those who seek a shallow high: devastatingly honest and packed with pain, it's as sad as it is classic. Sunday is supposed to be a day of rest and reflection, but, for Kristofferson, it was one of despair, and this 1969 song was written after his wife and child deserted him in Nashville. "And there's nothing short a' dying / That's half as lonesome as the sound / Of the sleeping city sidewalk / And Sunday morning coming down," Cash sings. Time spent stoned has a way of forcing us to focus on what matters, and this track doubles down on that promise.