The Cumberland cannot WHAT?!
January 27, 2013 2:02 PM Subscribe
Does anyone know exactly what Johnny Cash sings about "the Cumberland...." in his song "Southern Comfort"?
posted by mister_kaupungister to media & arts (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
In the Johnny Cash song "Southern Comfort" the protagonist settles in Nashville as a tobacco industry worker, and suffers from ill-health and heartbreak. In the second part of the song, according to various lyrics websites, he sings:
"Southern Comfort is killing me, the Cumberland cannot enhermit each bee."
See for example:
When I listen to the song this doesn't sound quite right to me, and I can't make sense that line anyway. I'm aware that the Cumberland is a river that flows through Kentucky and Tennessee, but "enhermit each bee"?
I would like to know: is this what Johnny Cash is singing here? If it isn't then what is he singing and if it is then what does it mean in the context of the song?