Three Unpublished Poems by Johnny Cash That Should Be Songs

Three Chords, a Melody, and Away We Go

November 15, 2016  By Johnny Cash


You wonder how (where) true love goes
No one can say—cause nobody knows
Like rain on a rock—like a leaf in the air
No way to tell but it’s going somewhere.

You wonder what—true love knows
No one can say—cause nobody knows
It don’t make sense—like a midnite sun
And one and one—is only one.

Heart on heart—and soul on soul
Body on body is how it goes
Heart on heart and soul on soul
Body on body—is all it knows.


Summer 2003




How do you feel about me
Now that you’ve learned to know me?
Why don’t we both admit
That something is happening.
And we would feel better if
We’d just tell each other
No need to keep it to ourselves.
Let’s put it to music
Let’s put it to music
Let’s sing about it
Laugh about it
Clap our hands
And shout about it
Let the whole world hear it
In a sweet, sweet melody
Let’s put it to music, you and me.



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Excerpted from FOREVER WORDS by Johnny Cash. Reprinted with permission of Blue Rider Press. Copyright © 2016 by John R. Cash Revocable Trust.

Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash
John R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor, and author, who was widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide.

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