Water from the Wells of Home
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 10, 1988
RecordedDecember 10, 1987–April 1988
ProducerJack Clement
Johnny Cash chronology
Classic Cash: Hall of Fame Series
Water from the Wells of Home
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Singles from Water from the Wells of Home
  1. "That Old Wheel"
    Released: September 1988
  2. "Ballad of a Teenage Queen"
    Released: February 1989
  3. "The Last of the Drifters"
    Released: June 1989
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Water from the Wells of Home is the 75th album by American country singer Johnny Cash, released on Mercury Records in 1988 (see 1988 in music). It features several collaborations with other artists, including "New Moon Over Jamaica" with Paul McCartney. Other guests include Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Jr., Glen Campbell, Emmylou Harris and family members Rosanne Cash, John Carter Cash, June Carter Cash and members of the Carter Family. "Call Me the Breeze" is a J. J. Cale song that had been previously covered by Lynyrd Skynyrd. "Ballad of a Teenage Queen" is a new recording of a song that had appeared on Cash's Sun era album Sings the Songs That Made Him Famous. The album did not fare well on the charts, peaking at No. 48; the two singles, "Ballad of a Teenage Queen" and "That Old Wheel", reached No. 45 and No. 21, respectively. A 2003 re-release of the album contained a bonus track, consisting of Johnny Cash discussing various songs on the album.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Ballad of a Teenage Queen" (with Rosanne Cash and the Everly Brothers)Jack ClementMarch 2, 19882:45
2."As Long as I Live" (with Emmylou Harris)Roy AcuffMarch 7, 19882:58
3."Where Did We Go Right" (with June Carter Cash and The Carter Family)December 10, 19872:58
4."The Last of the Drifters" (with Tom T. Hall)Tom T. Hallc. February 19883:17
5."Call Me the Breeze" (with John Carter Cash)J. J. CaleDecember 11, 19873:24
6."That Old Wheel" (with Hank Williams, Jr.)Jennifer PierceMarch 2, 19882:49
7."Sweeter Than the Flowers" (with Waylon Jennings)
February 10, 19882:56
8."A Croft in Clachan (The Ballad of Rob MacDunn)" (with Glen Campbell)John R. CashMarch 2, 19884:04
9."New Moon Over Jamaica" (with Paul McCartney)
April 19883:12
10."Water from the Wells of Home" (with John Carter Cash)J. R. CashDecember 10, 19872:58
11."Johnny Cash Interview" (bonus track)  5:47
Total length:31:21


Chart performance


Chart (1988)Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums48


YearSinglePeak positions
US Country
1988"That Old Wheel"21
1989"Ballad of a Teenage Queen"45

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