I was asked at my last TweetUp on Thursday what my favorite 10 Johnny Cash songs are.
I had to think about it.
Many of them are my most played songs.
10. “Hurt” (played with 2 versions 24 and 17 times (rank in iTunes for my Johnny Cash playlist #10 and #17)
This is the song that really got me into Johnny Cash. Like many times when Johnny Cash covers a song, he just owns it. I also love the slower sound of his American series with Rick Rubin so the list is dominated with that period. These are hard to rank.
9. God’s Gonna Cut You Down (#5. 30)
We are a all mortal. Johnny Cash with his music is immortal. Amazing video too.
8. I Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound (#1, 53)
I have wondered this question a lot. But I think Johnny Cash was talking about heaven in American VI. I personally have a big idea I am working on the may be where I am bound jobwise. Excited.
7. Bridge Over Troubled Water (#3, 42)
A song I thought wouldn’t be improved over Simon and Garfunkel. Beautiful and heartwrenching. Emotionally rich. Sounds so much wearier than the original too.
6. Rock Island Line (#9, 24)
This song just sounds like a train. Wish I could sing fast enough to sing this is karaoke. Fun song. This one goes back to the Sun Records days.
5. Delia’s Gone (#6, 28)
The first old school Johnny Cash song. Really want to do this in karoeke. Which I think would be both wrong and awesome. (video starts at 0:20)
4. “In My Life” (#4, 37)
This is a very maudlin list. Amazing cover of the Beatles classic.
3. “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face” (#11, 22)
Love is a beautiful and rare things. As is Johnny Cash’s voice and emotion. Tugs at my heart. So many of these songs are about June Carter Cash.
2. “For the Good Times” (#41, 11)
These are emotionally rich songs. This one thinks of my mom losing dad last year on April 1, 2013. Stunningly beautiful. Crying right now a little. Amazed how much grieving is happy memories. That is a very good thing.
1. “Satisfied Mind” (#2, 51)
I had to do try it from the top. The top 9 are incredibly close to me. This is the song that makes me most think of my amazing father in law Walter Maheux who passed less than 2 years ago in March, 2012. May will all try to have satisfied minds.
And of course there are so many others I love. Johnny Cash is easily my favorite recording artist of all time.