Green, Green, Grass of Home

Green, Green, Grass of Home

Green, Green, Grass of Home Composer and Performers

Without doubt, Tom Jones made this song famous, certainly in Wales but also in the UK and worldwide. Tom recorded and released his version of this song in 1966 and it became a number one best selling song on the UK singles chart on 1st December that year.

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The song was originally written by Curly Putman . It was first performed by Johnny Darrell in 1965 but was then made popular by Porter Wagoner in that year. It was also performed by Jerry Lee Lewis. Tom Jones' version sold over 1 million copies worldwide and his version was a number one or  in the top ten singles charts of countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Norway and the USA, to name a few!

Green, Green, Grass of Home Lyrics

The old hometown looks the same
As I step down from the train
And there to meet me is my mama and papa
Down the road I look and there runs 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

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 realise, yes, I was only dreaming
For there's a guard and there's a sad, old padre
On and on, we'll walk at daybreak
Again, I'll touch the green, green grass of home

Yes, they'll all come to see me
In the shade of that old oak tree
As they lay me 'Neath the green, green grass of home


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Green, Green, Grass of Home Background and History

Written by Nashville songwriter Curly Putman, “Green, Green, Grass Of Home” tells the tale of a condemned prisoner who is longing to escape to the green, green grass of home. At the end of the song, it was revealed that the man is facing execution, and he will be coming home only to be buried.

According to Putman, part of the inspiration behind writing “Green, Green Grass Of Home” came after watching The Asphalt Jungle. The 1950 film noir directed by John Huston follows a group of men trying to carry out an ill-fated heist.

One of the characters, Dix Handley, got involved in the heist because of his longing to get out of the city and buy back the Kentucky horse farm he grew up on. However, by the end of the film, Dix found himself gravely wounded and is running from the law. In the final scene, he finally made it back to his old family farm – a rural idyll with rolling hills and a scenic white farmhouse – unfortunately, he died from his gunshot wound.


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