I Walk The Line – Johnny Cash

June 15, 2022

“I Walk the Line” was written and recorded on April 2, 1956, by Johnny Cash. It was released on May 1, 1956, eventually becoming the singer’s first number one hit song on the Billboard Charts. The song was rated #17 on the US pop charts.

Fun Facts

  • Johnny Cash was born on February 26, 1932, and passed on September 12, 2003.
  • “I Walk the Line” was recorded in SunStudio, Memphis, Tennessee.
  • The song fits the Country and Rock genres.
  • Sam Philips produced the song. He was also known for working with Elvis Presley.
  • “I Walk The Line” features a unique chord progression style inspired by Cash’s tape recorder played backward.
  • Johnny Cash performed the song with the help of Marshall Grant and Luther Perkins. The two were officially mechanics and doubled in performance.
  • When the song was released, Johnny Cash was living in Memphis with his newlywed bride.
  • “I Walk the Line” was re-recorded four times before Johnny Cash retired.
  • In June 2014, the song was ranked #1 on the 100 greatest country songs of all time.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine

I keep my eyes wide open all the time

I keep the ends out for the tie that binds

Because you’re mine, I walk the line

[Verse 2]

I find it very, very easy to be true

I find myself alone when each day is through

Yes, I’ll admit that I’m a fool for you

Because you’re mine, I walk the line

[Verse 3]

As sure as night is dark and day is light

I keep you on my mind both day and night

And happiness I’ve known proves that it’s right

Because you’re mine, I walk the line

[Verse 4]

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

[Verse 1]

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine

I keep my eyes wide open all the time

I keep the ends out for the tie that binds

Because you’re mine, I walk the line

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