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You had to select a song of the 60s and explain the reasons for your choice.

This is Mircea's choice:

Ring of Fire- Johnny Cash

"During the sixties, rock n’ roll was the most popular music style. Many bands, like The Rolling Stones and the Beatles were famous for their songs. The song I’ve chosen is a beautiful one, popularized by Johnny Cash and co-written by his wife, June Carter Cash and Merle Kilgore, an American singer. The song is entitled “Ring of Fire“ and is considered to be a country music song, but also a rock one.

Recorded on March 25, 1963, it became Cash’s biggest hit of his career. The single appeared on Cash’s 1963 album, Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash. And finally, this song had been downloaded more than 1 million time, and was certified Gold by the R.I.A.A (Recording Industry Association of America) in 2010.

Here are some of the lyrics that I particularly appreciate:


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.


This song describes love in a very touching way. Cash compares love to a ring of fire that both warms up the person who is considered to be  the “victim”. The longer one stays in this ring of fire, meaning in love, the more intense the flames become. When someone falls, or gets into a ring of fire, this person will know what love means, and will start to love a specific person. The ring of fire is the place where we can find love, and where we start to love. The words “fire”, “burnin’”, “flames” are describing, in my opinion, the intensity of love. The “flames went higher”, means that love is getting higher. June, Cash’s wife wrote part of the song, and I believe she wrote the lyrics to show us how much she loved her husband.

Besides, we usually say that “love is in the air”, but Johnny Cash proves us that love can be found in a certain ring of fire as well.

Finally, the first song from the 1960’s that I ever listened to was “Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones. After that, I started to listen to other songs from the 1960’s because I was into it, and this is when I found Johnny Cash’s beautiful love song. The single was simply awesome, it touched me, and that’s why it will remain one of my favorite songs from the 1960’s."


Ring of Fire- Johnny Cash


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