I Got Stripes

"I Got Stripes"
Single by Johnny Cash
A-side "I Got Stripes"
"Five Feet High and Rising"
Released July 1959 (1959-07)
Genre Country
Label Columbia 4-41427
Songwriter(s) Charlie Williams, Johnny Cash[1]
"I Got Stripes" on YouTube
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Billboard[2] Spotlight winner of the week

"I Got Stripes" is a song co-written[3] and originally recorded by Johnny Cash.

The song was recorded by Cash on March 12, 1959[4][5] and released as a single in July,[6] with "Five Feet High and Rising" (another song from the same recording session) on the opposite side.[4][5][7][8][9][10][11]


It is a "raucous prison tale". It was written by Johnny Cash and Charlie Williams, a DJ from Los Angeles and his friend. They borrowed from a song by LeadBelly titled "On a Monday".[7]


Chart (1959) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 43
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[13] 4


  1. ^ "I Got Stripes / Five Feet High And Rising". Discogs. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  2. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (6 July 1959). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 27–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  3. ^ Robert K. Oermann (1999). A Century of Country: An Illustrated History of Country Music. TV Books. ISBN 978-1-57500-083-1. I Got Stripes Five Feet High And Rising.
  4. ^ a b Johnny Cash (2004). Johnny Cash, the Songs. Thunder's Mouth Press. ISBN 9781560256298.
  5. ^ a b Don Cusic (15 July 2011). The Cowboy in Country Music: An Historical Survey with Artist Profiles. McFarland. pp. 148–. ISBN 978-0-7864-6314-5.
  6. ^ Johnny Cash - I Got Stripes, retrieved 2019-06-15
  7. ^ a b Robert Hilburn (31 October 2013). Johnny Cash: The Life. Orion. pp. 136–. ISBN 978-0-297-86658-9.
  8. ^ Steve Turner (30 October 2005). The Man Called CASH: The Life, Love and Faith of an American Legend. Thomas Nelson. pp. 245–. ISBN 978-1-4185-7809-1.
  9. ^ C. Eric Banister (1 August 2014). Johnny Cash FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the Man in Black. Backbeat Books. pp. 62–. ISBN 978-1-61713-608-5.
  10. ^ John M. Alexander (16 April 2018). The Man in Song: A Discographic Biography of Johnny Cash. University of Arkansas Press. pp. 6–. ISBN 978-1-61075-628-0.
  11. ^ Red Robinson; Peggy Hodgins (1983). Rockbound: Rock'n'roll Encounters. Hancock House. ISBN 978-0-88839-162-9.
  12. ^ "Johnny Cash Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  13. ^ "Johnny Cash Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-01-16.

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