We Oughta Be Ashamed

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We oughta be ashamed
We oughta be ashamed
We use and abuse such a wonderful name

See the blooming of the flowers
When the spring first appears
Hear the crying of the baby
In its first tender years
Watch the flight of the robin
When he knows winter's through
And the One who made that robin
Is somewhere watching you

So we oughta be ashamed
We oughta be ashamed
We use and abuse such a wonderful name
Look at the beauty that's all around us
From California to Maine
Then we think how we mistreat it
Oh we oughta be ashamed

Watch the people pass the beggar
On the street as he cries
"Pencils for a nickel"
Still they pass him by
See the rich man with all his money
Ah, but still he complains
Smell the flowing of all the whiskey
Lord, we oughta be ashamed

We oughta be ashamed
We oughta be ashamed
We use and abuse such a wonderful name
And the beauty's all around us
From California to Maine
Oh, we think how He's mistreated
We oughta be ashamed
And think how we mistreat Him
Lord, we oughta be ashamed

We Oughta Be Ashamed
Written byGeorge Jones & Earl Montgomery
Performed byJohnny Cash with Elvis Costello
Produced byDave Edmunds
MusiciansElvis Costello - vocal, acoustic guitar
Johnny Cash - lead vocal, acoustic guitar
Martin Belmont - acoustic guitar
Nick Lowe - bass
Pete Thomas - drums
RecordedDecember 26, 1979, Am-Pro Studios, London
ReleasedJuly 26, 2004
AlbumsAlmost Blue (Rhino/Edsel reissue), 2004
Johnny Cash: The Legend, 2005 (listed as "We Ought To Be Ashamed")
Length2:44

First known performance:
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Almost BlueAB album cover large.jpg

Johnny Cash: The LegendJohnny Cash The Legend album cover.jpg


Recordings by other artists

 Artist  Year  Release  Links
George Jones  1979  B-side of "Someday My Day Will Come" (also available on Hallelujah Weekend)

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