What’s your favorite…

What’s your favorite… February 20, 2009

JohnnyCash.jpgSong by Johnny Cash? Anyone out there go to any of his concerts?

We really liked the movie “Walk the Line” and the other night we found a few YouTube videos by Johnny and had a great walk down memory lane.

Kris and I both like “Jackson.”

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  • Clay Knick

    “Ring of Fire.” I loved his autobiography. “Walk
    the Line” was great, but they were too afraid of his
    Christian faith to make his change “real.” It wasn’t
    only June’s love that transformed him (he would say
    she and her mother saved his life). It was also
    Christ. I miss him.

  • Andy

    Mine would be “You’re the One I Need”, followed closely by “Give My Love to Rose”, and almost any cut on the “From My Mother’s Hymnbook” album.

  • Joseph

    “Ring of Fire”
    People who complain about the violence in rap should check out “Cocaine Blues”

  • There are too many good ones to choose from. However, my favorite Johnny Cash video (with cameo by June Carter) is for “Hurt.”

  • discokvn

    i miss cash too! that unearthed box set is amazing… i think that they released the disc called my mother’s hymn book as a separate disc… if you belong to a download site like emusic you can get his sun catalog (which is some of the best stuff) fairly inexpensively…
    it’s ironic that i felt like in the 80’s and early 90’s he never really had the respect he deserved, until rubin put out the american series… there isn’t a bad album in that series of releases, the second one (unchained) with tom petty and the heartbreakers backing him up really rocks! and the research he did in writing the song the man comes around was extensive, i don’t think many (country/rock) songwriters do research in their writing (except maybe sufjian stevens)…
    ironically, a friend of mine and i were talking about the movie and he said the same thing as Clay, “You can’t have a bio of Cash without his cave experience.”
    thanks for the post!

  • MattR

    Love Johnny!
    Miss his voice and authenticity.
    I agree with David Swanson, too many great songs to list…
    But if I had to, my vote goes for ‘Folsom Prison Blues.’
    Gritty lyrics, and a classic guitar solo!
    ‘Jackson,’ and ‘Ring of Fire,’ and some of the others mentioned are all good of course.

  • T

    I think “Hurt”, “Boy Named Sue” and “Big River” are my faves.

  • ‘Folsom Prison Blues’
    ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’
    ‘Ring Of Fire’ (My 9-yr-old daughter’s favorite)

  • Jackson…Long Black Veil…Hurt (I know, it’s a cover)…and you can never go wrong with A Boy Named Sue.
    Tangentially, one of my other favorite songs is “Kingdom Come”, a song Coldplay wrote for Johnny Cash, that he didn’t get a chance to record. Joaquin Phoenix needs to start taking his meds again, and do a version in his “Walk the Line” voice.

  • Give My Love to Rose and Cocaine Blues have been mentioned. Great songs.
    Big River
    One Piece at a Time
    Boy Named Sue
    Hey Porter
    and I think Cash has the definitive cover of The Ballad of Ira Hayes
    Live recordings are usually more easily accessible across generational tastes.

  • Don’t take your guns to Town, or Boy Named Sue.

  • E.G.

    I concur about any song from “From My Mother’s Hymnbook”
    I’d also add “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Drive On”
    But, frankly, it’s hard to pick just one (or two, or three). Virtually anything that he sang is wonderful in one way or another.

  • I’m not a country fan, but for some reason I’ve always liked Johnny Cash. And for some reason this question has come up a few times in my life. Why doesn’t anyone ask what my favourite Beatles song is? Or Led Zep? G’n’R?
    Anyway, my vote goes to ‘A Boy Named Sue.’

  • tjc

    me: ring of fire
    me kiddos: a boy named sue

  • Raymond

    One Piece At A Time!

  • William F. Buckley and Elvis
    I interviewed Buckley for a PBS special that aired the country in 2002. During the interview at his home in Connecticut Buckley took me into his study, a converted three car garage. At the time, he was writing a book on Elvis. I teased him a bit about his love for Elvis, but it was genuine and ran pretty deep!

  • ChrisE

    He did a tune on U2’s Zooropa called “The Wanderer” that Bono said sounded like Johnny on the moon. Man does he hit some low notes on that one.

  • JoelD66

    I know it’s not his song, but I loved his version of Hurt.
    The video and the lyrics along with his performance…absolutely amazing!
    Last year I read a biography about him. Very interesting. Quite a life he had!

  • Unchained … hands down. It is a beautiful song!

  • Just about all the ones mentioned. Did anybody say Highwayman?

  • I love “It ain’t me, babe” with June. And from much later in his career, “Redemption” is awesome.

  • Ed Chinn

    Yes, I saw him in concert. Fort Worth. 1972. I never saw an entertainer so fill up an an arena with his own personality like he did (I quickly admit that I never saw Sinatra in concert). Great show.
    My favorite Cash song (out of many favorites) is probably “You and Tennessee.” Hear it once and it will hang up in your brain for days…and you don’t mind at all. Such a pure river flow of lyrics and melody.

  • John Inman

    Sunday Morning Coming Down has to be my favorite.
    Then I crossed the empty street,
    ‘n caught the Sunday smell of someone fryin’ chicken.
    And it took me back to somethin’,
    That I’d lost somehow, somewhere along the way.

  • cas

    Back in the late 1990s, my husband and I saw Johnny Cash along with June and other family members at the Count Basie Theatre, a small venue in Red Bank, NJ. Johhny was a fan of the area, so much so that he invested (unwisely) in the renovation of a historic hotel in Asbury Park, a hotel that later became an ashram.
    I can’t remember the concert at all or name a favorite tune. Love the man’s music though.

  • Bob Smallman

    I just checked my iTunes collection, and I only have 338 Johnny Cash recordings (I’m kind of a fan). My “current” favorite is “Tears in the Holston River,” one that he did with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band a long time ago. How can anyone have just one favorite Johnny Cash song!!?

  • Your Name

    “You’ve got a way to keep me on your side,
    You give me cause for love that I can’t hide,
    For you I know I’d even try to turn the tide,
    Because you’re mine, I walk the line.”
    I loved Johnny in the Columbo epsisode he did.

  • Ken

    I always love it when someone says “I like all kinds of music except country”
    Does that leave out Johnny Cash, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Bluegrass in general? Who’s Gunna Fill Their Shoes?
    Johnny Cash is not country only, He is pure Americana. He is an interpreter of Native Americans, Railroads, Prisons, the Poor.
    One of my favorites albums is “Songs of Our Soil”. Included are “Old Apache Squaw” and “Don’t Step On Mother’s Roses”

  • Tyler

    “God’s gonna cut you down,” from American V. It’s not his classic stuff, but it’s still good.

  • Scot McKnight

    Bob wins!!!!!!!!!!!
    Is that a northern Wisconsin thing, too?

  • Dianne P

    Hands down, the best total performance is the video “Hurt” – written by Trent Reznor of 9 inch nails, powerful interpretation by Cash late in his life, after the death of his wife. Life, love, Jesus, pain, redemption. MTV award winner.
    #25, Bob, thanks for that. love the NGDB.

  • Brian

    Ring of Fire
    The Big Battle
    The Rebel (Johnny Yuma)

  • Mike Mangold

    Who’s Johnny Cash?

  • KevinL

    I love Johnny Cash!
    Favorite Songs:
    Rose of My Heart
    Cocaine Blues
    Grey Stone Chapel
    Sam Hall

  • Hi Scot. Mine is “I Saw the Light” — comments on the Resident Alien, http://markgoodacre.blogspot.com/2009/02/favourite-jonny-cash-song.html