This quote says a lot about the person Johnny Cash. And maybe it says something about why he had the ability to write a lot of very good songs?
Compassion is something I have a lot of, because I’ve been through a lot of pain in my life. Anybody who has suffered a lot of pain has a lot of compassion.
I took a new glance at some old Johnny Cash stuff, and amongst them an old folio from 1959!
Called the “Johnny Cash Song and Picture Folio No. 1”, it containes sheet music for 12 songs, and also a lot of great pictures!
Sheet music content:
1. All Over Again
2. Come in Stranger
3. Don’t Take Your Guns to Town
4. Frankie’s Man Johnny
5. Guess Things Happen That Way
6. I Still Miss Someone
7. I Walk The Line
8. It Was Jesus
9. One More Ride
10. Pickin’ Time
11. Snow in His Hair
12. What Do I Care
A beautiful folio! -A little worn and torn here and there, but still. I think I’ll get my guitar!
We’ve been on WordPress for 1,5 month, and passed 10.000 views some days ago. And it’s fascinating to se where the viewers come from!
There’s no surprise that the US has the most views. UK comes second, and Germany comes in third. The Scandinavian countries are also well represented at the top of the list.
But what’s impressing to see, is that the number of countries represented by the viewers are 78! It’s clear that Johnny Cash is an international artist, and has fans all over the world!
Have a good day everyone! And be sure to play some Johnny Cash today!
Dark as a Dungeon is one of my personal favourites from Johnny Cash. And the story around the song is also quite interesting.
The song is not an original Johnny Cash, but was written by Merle Travis. But it was first when Cash performed it in 1968 that it became famous. The song was performed January 13, 1968 – and that’s not just any other day. This is the day of the world-famous prison concert at Folsom!
During the performance in Folsom Prison, one of the prisoners started laughing during the song, and Cash replied with a chuckle. Cash had to tell him “No laughing during the song, please”, whereas the prisoner yelled “hell” back to him. “I know hell” answered Cash.
After the song was finished, Cash commented on the dialog with the prisoner. And this is a comment which is one of the most famous Cash-quotes, used in for example “Walk the Line” with Joaquin Phoenix. And it goes like this:
I just wanted to tell you that this show is being recorded for an album released on Columbia Records, so you can’t say ‘hell’ or ‘shit’ or anything like that
Want the chords to “Dark as a Dungeon”? You’ll find it here: Chords
The newest addition to the chord-section; “No, No, No“.
This song is featured on the “Carryin’ on with Johnny Cash and June Carter”, released in August 1967. It’s a short song, and the recorded version is only 1:52 – however Cash has many songs in that category.
And “No, No, No” is also written by Johnny Cash himself.
Fun fact regarding the album: Only seven months after the album was released, John and June got married!
The last days there’s been one chord which has reached top three on the visit-counter: (Ghost) Riders in the sky!
This is a song Johnny Cash made a cover version of. The original song was written by Stan Jones in 1948, and has been recorded by at least 50 artists. Among my personal favourites (in addition to Johnny Cash of course) is the version performed by the Blues Brothers in the movie “Blues Brothers 2000”.
It has been said that Stan Jones wrote the song based on a story he heard as a kid. -Scary story for a kid..?
The chords to “Don’t take your guns to town” is the most visited page right now.
The single was released in December, 1958, and went straight to the top on US Billboards Hot Country Singles. The single actually stayed on top of the billboard for 6 weeks, and also made a respectable 32nd place on the Pop-charts.
Johnny Cash wrote the song himself, and as far as we know has the song only been covered by U2 (on the album Elevation).
Enjoy the chords!
Right now one of the most viewed chords are for the song Love’s been good to me.
Originally, this song was written by Rod McKuen. -One of the best-selling poets in America in the late ’60s. The song was first made popular by Frank Sinatra, when he made an album dedicated to McKuen-texts.
Johnny Cash recorded this song in 2003, and it was released in 2006 on the album American V: A Hundred Highways. The album-name reflects one of the lyric-lines in Love’s Been Good to me;
“I have been a rover. I have walked alone. Hiked a hundred highways. Never found a home”
Enjoy the chords!
The most popular chord today is the Kris Kristofferson song “Sunday Morning Coming Down“.
Johnny Cash once stated in an interview that he thought it was Roger Miller that wrote the song at first. -An artist and songwriter which was known for his sharp pen.
But the song was written, and recorded, of the great Kris Kristofferson. And he also “served” together with Cash in the group success The Highwaymen.
This is a fairly easy song to learn on the guitar, so go a head and give it a try!
(Picture from M & C)
Johnny Cash’s beautiful description of paradise:
This morning. With her. Having coffee
Have a good morning when that time comes! Enjoy your coffee – and her!
In the mean time; enjoy a beautiful song about her: Rose of my Heart. Here are the chords to it. Take out the guitar and play it to her.