How Did Johnny Cash Create His Song Titles?


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Johnny Cash considered the song title to be an integral part of the song and always needed to have a title from the very beginning of the songwriting process. He said he would go back and refer to the title throughout the writing of the song.

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How Did Johnny Cash Create His Song Titles?
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As reported by American Songwriter magazine, Cash said he believed in keeping his songs simple and clear and that he felt that the title should also be true to the song as a whole. He generally wrote his songs, including song titles, on his own rather than through collaboration with others. Among his most famous and celebrated song titles are "Folsom Prison Blues," "I Still Miss Someone," "I Walk the Line," "Tennessee Flat Top Box," "Man in Black" and "Cry, Cry, Cry."

Cash said he always wrote songs as they came to him rather than writing them out of any kind of obligation. He said he generally would write about half of the song in one sitting and return to it however many times was needed until it was complete.

Cash said his motto of keeping it simple could be one reason his songs have been so popular. He points out that some of his biggest hits only had three chords.

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