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Today I thought I would share this great song “Ring of Fire”, sung by Johnny Cash. The song was written by his later-wife June Carter (Cash) and Merle Kilgore. Johnny Cash recorded it in March 1963, and it was released as a single the following month. However, Cash was not the first person to record the song, June Carter’s sister Anita Carter originally recorded it in 1962. Johnny Cash apparently dreamt of Anita’s recording, but with Mexican horns added, and told June Carter that he wanted to record his own version.

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Johnny Cash recorded “Ring of Fire” in March 1963 and it was released as a single the following month. The song was written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore

The song’s lyrics apparently talk of June Carter’s feelings at the time in 1962, as she felt herself falling in love with Johnny Cash. At the time, June was married to Edwin Nix, and Cash was married to his first wife Vivian Liberto. Cash and Carter had known each other for years, and were both infatuated with each other. Both divorced their respective spouses in 1966 and married in 1968.

“Ring of Fire” is listed at number 87 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. It got to number 17 on the US charts, and to number 1 on the Billboard Country Music charts.

Love is a burning thing
And it makes a fiery ring.
Bound by wild desire
I fell into a ring of fire.

[2x]
I fell into a burning ring of fire,
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns,
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

The taste of love is sweet
When hearts like ours meet.
I fell for you like a child,
Oh, but the fire went wild.

I fell into a burning ring of fire,
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns,
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

I fell into a burning ring of fire,
I went down, down, down as the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns,
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

And it burns, burns, burns,
The ring of fire, the ring of fire,
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

Here is a video of this great song. Enjoy!

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Today I thought I would blog about this beautiful Bob Dylan song “Girl From The North Country”, which first appeared on his 1963 album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (his second album). It is a very tender love song, about a woman whom Dylan has clearly lost in love, but still cares for. There has been a great deal of debate as to the identity of the woman Dylan is singing about in the song, but not surprisingly Dylan himself has never revealed who it is.

If you’re traveling the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
For she once was a true love of mine.

If you go when the snowflakes storm
When the rivers freeze and summer ends
Please see if she has a coat so warm
To keep her from the howlin’ winds.

Please see if her hair hangs long
If it rolls and flows all down her breast
Please see for me if her hair’s hanging long
For that’s the way I remember her best.

I’m a-wonderin’ if she remembers me at all
Many times I’ve often prayed
In the darkness of my night
In the brightness of my day.

So if you’re travelin’ the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was the true love of mine.

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In 1969 Dylan re-recorded his 1963 song “Girl From The North Country” in a duet with Johnny Cash. The duet appeared on his country album Nashville Skyline.

Unfortunately there does not seem to be a YouTube video of Dylan’s original version of this song. But, there are several videos of the version that he later did with Johnny Cash. The version with Johnny Cash was recorded in February 1969 and appears on Dylan’s predominantly country music album Nashville Skyline. For many songs on this album, which he recorded in Nashville, Dylan adopted a crooner style of singing, including in this song. It is quite different from the way he sung “Girl From The North Country” in 1963.

Which version of “Girl From the North Country” do you prefer? The 1963 version or the 1969 duet with Johnny Cash?

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