I fell in to a burning 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

from Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Although many believe “Ring of Fire” to be about falling in love, Johnny Cash’s first wife, Vivian Liberto, offers a different perspective. In her book I Walked The Line she contends that June (Cash’s second wife) didn’t co-write the song as credited. Vivian writes:

To this day, it confounds me to hear the elaborate details June told of writing that song for Johnny. She didn’t write that song any more than I did. The truth is, Johnny wrote that song, while pilled up and drunk, about a certain private female body part. All those years of her claiming she wrote it herself, and she probably never knew what the song was really about.

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