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Johnny Cash: Ring of Fire Meaning

Song Released: 1963

Ring of Fire Lyrics

Love is a burning thing
and it makes a firery ring
bound by wild desire
I fell in to a ring of fire...

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


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Nov 29th 2015 report

    It's when you eat a curry and your arse is like fire.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Mar 18th 2008 report

    June Carter wrote this song about how she felt about Johnny while he was still married to his first wife (I heard that on a TV program about him).


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    Jun 16th 2017 report

    It's about gay sex in the prison

  4. anonymous
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    Aug 7th 2019 report

    It's really a love story and about mariage. The author was in a divorce in the time ring of fire was written.

  5. anonymous
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    Mar 25th 2016 report

    On the video while Johnny Cash is singing this song. It shows images of fire, plus other items such as a "ring" which looks like a wedding ring. It flashes on the screen very quickly but can see there are Hebrew letters inscribed on the inside of the ring. What does mean or what does it say?
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  6. anonymous
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    Dec 20th 2015 report

    Wow lots of crazy's here.... I've not laughed this hard in a long time..

  7. anonymous
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    Nov 21st 2014 report

    Ring of fire is about when you eat really spicy food and in the morning you go to the toilet and your asshole is on fire. That's the real meaning of ring of fire don't fool yourself. Johnny loved Mexican food :)

  8. anonymous
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    Sep 13th 2014 report

    When you are in a relationship and that's all that you think about, then you will never be able to resist the temptation. He is in this constant cycle of temptation and can't resist it. And that's what happens when you have such a poor focus and idea of what's true and important.

  9. anonymous
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    Jun 10th 2014 report

    This song was written by Merle Kilgore. He was dating June Carter and she was dating Johnny Cash. Kilgore was at June apartment who was renting a place which was over a barn. About 4 in the morning they hear a pickup coming up the drive. They jumped up put on their clothes Merle got his guitar and when Johnny came in and asked what going on. June was about to tell him she had been dating Merle too, but Merle jumped in and said listen to this song June and I just wrote. The ring was June Merle and Johnny and of course the fire was what was going to happen if Johnny found out. Merle got into the industry by working for Hank Sr. He was a very good songwriter with many hits behind him. One of his biggest was sung by Claude King it was a big crossover hit, "Wolverton Mountain", the song was about Merle's uncle.

  10. anonymous
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    Jul 7th 2013 report

    Well, it might be funny, and it may look like coincidence, but the expression "ring of fire" seems to exist in a book written by Saramago, which I am a huge fan...

    Saramago used the expression "ring of fire" while describing the sex between Jesus and Mary Magdalene, saying that Jesus "felt a ring of fire in his penis"... That might not be the correct interpretation, because it was written by June Carter, a woman, indeed, but, if it was written by a man, sure it was the correct meaning... Just looking at the lyrics...

    By the way, "rings of fire" might be the hell himself...

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  11. anonymous
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    May 18th 2013 report

    Neither June or Johnny wrote this song. The guy that wrote Puff the Magic Dragon wrote Ring of Fire.

  12. anonymous
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    Feb 24th 2013 report

    It was about diarrhea. The ring refers to his anal cavity and fire to the infernal pain associated with diarrhea.

    Went down down down and the flames went higher and it burns burns burns the ring of fire. As he sat on that toilet letting it out down down down into the toilet, the pain ( flames-metaphor here) went higher and it burns burns burns the ring of fire (his you know what burns).

  13. anonymous
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    Aug 9th 2012 report

    You people are amazingly creative ;)
    I had a laugh!

    Possibly he was using a condom and it set on fire...
    Then he left a ring shaped marked down there..
    That's why june said it was the ring of fire...
    He was shouting..." my cock in on fire"...
    While june said son of a bitch, you just left me a eternal ring of fire mark...
    If you look for it you can still see it today...

    Madam Tussauds Museum perhaps.. ;)

  14. anonymous
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    Jul 6th 2012 report

    This song is about him having sexual intercourse with a redheaded woman and how he is falling in love with her and her vast red hair on her head and down "there"... "i went down down down and the flames got higher" definitely talking about her red pubic hair.

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    Jun 16th 2012 report

    Your interpretation is solely based on how you determine the meaning of the song. Think of the song however you want and see how you think of the meaning behind the song. Everyone has an interpretation. What's Yours?

  16. anonymous
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    Apr 2nd 2012 report

    Really it doesn't matter who wrote it or why they wrote, but what it means to the listener. Sure it had a specific meaning to Cash and Carter, which was important to them, but it strikes a different chord with each and every listener and their interpretation should not be diminished in anyway. That’s the beauty of music. As I said yeah the author/writer of the song may have a message they are trying to communicate, but that shouldn't stop others from relating to the song in their own way with their own meaning.

  17. anonymous
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    Aug 17th 2011 report

    the awesome thing about music is it can have may meanings depending on how the listener wants to interpret it from the artist. Many people relate music to there oun life experience. So it all depends on the person listining, and there current situatiin in there oun lives .

  18. anonymous
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    Jul 4th 2011 report

    all your interpretations are sad. Most of you dont realize that june wrote this song not johnny, and she wrote it for him, and her struggle that she went through being in love with him while he was going through his drug addiction

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