"First Time I Ever Saw Your Face" as written by and Ewan Maccoll....
The first time ever I saw your face
I thought the sun rose in your eyes
And the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave
To the dark and the endless sky my love

And the first time ever I kissed your mouth
I felt the earth move through my hands
Like the trembling heart of a captive bird
That was there at my command

And the first time ever I lay with you
I felt your heart so close to mine
And I know our joy would fill the earth
And last 'till the end of time my love

The first time ever I saw your face


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"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" as written by Ewan Maccoll

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    General CommentCash's cover of "Hurt" from American IV gets most of the attention as his swan song, and rightfully so, but for me, this song is even more poignant and heartbreaking. Just as with "Hurt," Cash takes a familiar song and makes it completely his own. You can't listen to this without thinking of Johnny's lady, June Carter Cash, and knowing that he's singing about her and their great love, at the very end of their lives together.

    You've got to have a heart of stone to hear him sing lines like "I know our joy would fill the earth / and last 'till the end of time my love" and not get choked up. I can't begin to imagine the loss and remembered joy of two people who have been deeply in love for almost 40 years, facing their mortality and the fact that they will soon be separated by death.

    It's sad, but also a thing to be celebrated. How fortunate any of us would be to find someone to be our one true love and companion in life, and to have what Johnny and June had. And I can't think of a lovelier epitaph for their life together than this song.
    Weirdsmobileon May 05, 2009   Link

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