May 01, 2007
Originally published September 19, 2003
Since he upped and died, his record sales have gone through the roof. (Ed. Link borked.) I think that's cool.
Therefore, I'm going to post my list of my 10 Favorite Johnny Cash Songs because I'm no, er, Johnny come lately to the man's music. I've listened to and played his stuff since I was a 13 year-old boy.
#1: "I Walk The Line." What more can I say? Favorite verse?
I find it very, very easy to be true.
#2: "Folsom Prison Blues." That song was built for JC. Favorite verse?
I'll bet there's rich folks eating in a fancy dining car
#3: "Long, Black Veil." JC did a lot of traditional mountain songs and he did this one the best. Favorite verse?
Well, the scaffold is high, and eternity's near
#4: "Orange Blossom Special." That's where Johnny did the (cheating) dual-harmonica thing that impressed people who don't know music and made me laugh at him. My Papaw always was impressed when he saw Johnny perform that song. "That man can play TWO HARMONICAS AT ONCE!" he always declared. Yep. Get a "G" and a "D" and whatever you blow sounds all right. What the hell, I never considered JC to be a serious harmonica player, but he was a crowd pleaser. Favorite verse?
I'm goin' down to Florida and get some sand in my shoes
#5: "Ring of Fire." That one was pure JC. Favorite verse? The chorus.
I fell in to a burning ring of fire
#6: "Boy Named Sue." I believe that only JC could have pulled this one off as successfully as he did. Good song, but better because Johnny sang it. You could BELIEVE my Favorite Verse:
Well, I hit him hard right between the eyes
#7: "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right." JC did several Bob Dylan songs in his career and I always though his version of this classic was one of the best. He changed the words a little bit, but that just made his version better. Favorite verse?
When your rooster starts a-crowing at the break of dawn
#8 "Jackson." Yeah, he and June did that song well. Favorite verse?
We got married in a fever, hotter than a pepper sprout
#9: "Dark as a Dungeon." I come from a long line of coal miners, so I've always loved this song and JC did it well. My favorite verse?
Come all you young men, so young and so fine
#10: "Bad News" That was a throwaway song on some album I bought long ago, but I always loved it. Favorite verse?
They tried to hang me in Austin, and they did in San Frisco
Tell me I don't know MY Johnny Cash.
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