Green, Green Grass of Home is an album released in 1967 by Tom Jones. It is his fourth studio album with Decca Records, produced by Peter Sullivan. London Records (Parrot label) (USA, Canada) released an abridged version of this album as Funny Familiar Forgotten Feelings (Parrot 71011), whilst that label's album titled Green, Green Grass of Home was largely made up of tracks from From the Heart.
It's good to touch the green, green, grass of home The old house is still standing Tho' the paint is cracked and dry And there's that old oak tree that I used to play on. Down the lane I walk with my sweet Mary Hair of gold and lips like cherries It's good to touch the green, green grass of home Yes, they'll all come to meet me Arms reaching, smiling sweetly It's good to touch the green, green grass of home.
It's good to touch the green, green, grass of home. The old house is still standing, Though the paint is cracked and dry, And there's that old oak tree that I used to play on. Down the lane I walk with my sweet Mary, Hair of gold and lips like cherries. It's good to touch the green, green grass of home. Then I awake and look around me At four grey walls that surround me, And I realize: yes, I was only dreaming. For there's a guard and there's a sad old padre. On in on we'll walk at daybreak. Then again I'll touch the green, green grass of home.
Green, Green Grass of Home", written by Claude "Curly" Putman, Jr. and first recorded by singer Johnny Darrell, is a country song originally made popular by Porter Wagoner in 1965, when it reached No. 4 on the country chart. That same year, it was sung by Bobby Bare and by Jerry Lee Lewis, who included it his album Country Songs for City Folks (later re-issued as All Country). Tom Jones learned the song from Lewis' version, and in 1966, he had a worldwide No. 1 hit with it.
It made me think of Wales when I recorded it – 'the old home town looks the same'. When I went back to Pontypridd in those days, getting off the train from London, those words would ring true. It seems like a lot of people relate the sentiment to their home to. Tom Jones recalled hearing Jerry Lee Lewis' version of this in 1000 UK Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, "I said to my recording manager, Peter Sullivan, I'd like to record this. He said, 'A Country song?' I said 'Yeah' because I hadn't done a Country song up to that point. It was the debut show of the musical/variety series that aired from 1969 to 1971 with a total of 65 episodes.
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