The Myth of Johnny Cash Heartbreak

The movie Walk the Line garnered Oscar nominations for its two leading actors and singers. Reese Witherspoon won for Best Actress. In the post-Oscar questionnaire, two of the first four questions were about her dress. A more interesting question was this one:

“If you could sum up this win with a June Carter or a Johnny Cash song, which one would it be?”

(Reese:) Oh gosh. I don’t know. None of their songs were celebratory enough, I don’t think.

She’s right. Johnny and June Carter put out a lot of songs of lost love, bad romance, and hearbreak. It’s a little strange given the happiness of their marriage. I guess, as the movie showed, it took some time and some very poor choices to get there, which gave rise to material. Anyway, there are so many choices that one could develop a scale. Which I did. Level 0 is “happy”, while 5 is “really, really sad”. Each song choice has a representative lyric, which shows the decline. In the future, instead of describing how one feels after romantic loss, one might say level 3, or “at first, a little Cry, Cry, Cry, but I’ve recovered to Guess Things Happen That Way.” Feel free to use it in your life.

0 Oh, What a Dream: Then I awoke and found my love, as heavenly as the one above.
1 No Expectations: Your love is like the music, first it’s here, and then it’s gone.
2 Guess Things Happen That Way: You ask me if I’ll find another. I don’t know. I can’t say. I don’t like it but I guess things happen that way.
3 I Still Miss Someone: I go out on a party, and look for a little fun. But I find a darkened corner, because I still miss someone.
4 Cry, Cry, Cry: When everyone’s forgotten and you’re left on your own, you’re gonna cry, cry, cry.
5 Hurt: Everyone I know goes away in the end … If I could start again, a million miles away, I would keep myself, I would find a way.

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My quest is a world where calling someone "virtuous like a fairy tale hero" is routine, not fantastic or ironic. My vocation is the teaching and learning of statistics. My dream is a long happy life with a wonderful wife and kids. Who knows if any will become true? More information is at my homepage on the twelvefruits network: http://adam.twelvefruits.com
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