About the song

If you are a fan of country music, you probably know the iconic song “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash. But do you know the story behind this song? Who wrote it, what inspired it, and how did it become a hit? In this blog post, we will explore the history of “Ring of Fire” and why it is one of the most memorable songs of all time.

“Ring of Fire” was written by June Carter Cash and Merle Kilgore, two prominent figures in the country music scene. June Carter Cash was a singer, songwriter, and the second wife of Johnny Cash. Merle Kilgore was a songwriter, manager, and the best man at Johnny and June’s wedding. The song was based on a poem called “Love’s Ring of Fire” that June wrote about her feelings for Johnny, who was married to someone else at the time. She described being around him as being in a “ring of fire” that burned with passion and pain.

The song was first recorded by June’s sister, Anita Carter, as “(Love’s) Ring of Fire” on her 1963 album Folk Songs Old and New. However, her version did not get much attention. Johnny Cash heard the song and decided to record his own version with a different arrangement. He added mariachi horns to the song after having a dream about them. He also changed the title to simply “Ring of Fire”.

Johnny Cash released his version of “Ring of Fire” as a single in April 1963. It became an instant success, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and staying there for seven weeks. It also crossed over to the pop charts, peaking at No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was certified gold by the RIAA in 2010 and has sold over 1.2 million digital downloads. It is widely considered as one of the greatest country songs of all time and one of Johnny Cash’s signature songs.

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Video

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Lyrics

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

I fell into a burnin’ 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 burnin’ 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 burnin’ 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 burnin’ 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
And it burns, burns, burns
The ring of fire, the ring of fire
The ring of fire, the ring of fire

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