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About Restless

"Restless" is a 1968 song written by Carl Perkins and released as a single on Columbia Records. The song was recorded on September 27, 1968, and released as a 45 single, 4-44723, on Columbia, in December, 1968, backed with "11-43", reaching no. 20 on the Billboard country chart. The recording, produced by Bill Denny and Larry Butler, also appeared on the May, 1969 Columbia LP Carl Perkins' Greatest Hits. The song also appeared on the 1992 Carl Perkins compilation album Restless: The Columbia Recordings. The song became a major hit again in 1991 in a new all-star recording by Mark O'Connor and The New Nashville Cats. Carl Perkins performed the song on the Kraft Music Hall episode hosted by Johnny Cash on April 16, 1969. 


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Well, I walked up to her window
I said gimme a ticket please
She said where to, sister?
I said, that's all right with me

I'm just restless
I need to get on out of town
Take me where the living's easy
That's where I'll be found

I said honey, tell that driver
To put his big foot on that gas
Run this old grey dog
Just as long as it might last

I said honey, tell that driver
Take me farther down the road
Just take this grey dog
Any place he wants to go

I'm travelling light
Because I might be going far
Takin' nothing but the clothes on my back
And my red old guitar

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Carl Perkins

Carl Lee Perkins (April 9, 1932 – January 19, 1998) was an American rockabilly musician who recorded most notably at Sun Records Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, beginning during 1954. His best known song is "Blue Suede Shoes". more »

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