This song first recorded by singer Johnny Darrell, is a country song originally made popular by Porter Wagoner in 1965, when it reached No. 4 on the country chart.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 later Tom Jones, in 1966, when it became a worldwide No. 1 hit. The song had also been recorded the previous year in 1965 by Jerry Lee Lewis, and included on his album Country Songs For City Folks (later re-issued as All Country), and Jones had learned the song from Lewis's version.
The old home town 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 gray walls that surround me And I realize that I was only dreaming For there's a guard and a sad old padre Arm and arm 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