"I Walk the Line" as written by Rodney Crowell and Johnny Cash....
I keep a close watch on this heart of mine,
I keep my eyes wide open all the time,
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds,
Because you're mine, I walk the line.

I find it very, very easy to be true,
I find myself alone when each day's through,
Yes, I'll admit that I'm a fool for you,
Because you're mine, I walk the line.

As sure as night is dark and day is light,
I keep you on my mind both day and night,
And happiness I've known proves that it's right,
Because you're mine, I walk the line.

You've got a way to keep me on your side,
You give me cause for love that I can't hide,
For you I know I'd even try to turn the tide,
Because you're mine, I walk the line.

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine,
I keep my eyes wide open all the time,
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds,
Because you're mine, I walk the line.


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"I Walk the Line" as written by Rodney Crowell, Johnny Cash

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  • +2
    General Commentevery one is wronge except Cherub Rock and rossx. This is about his first wife and on his first album, in fact it was his first truly succesful single. He wrote it for his first wife Vivian to assure her that when he went touring on the road that he would not cheat on her. seen by lines such as "I find myself alone when each day is through" and "I keep you on my mind both day and night". He obviously didn't "walk the line" in fact the first time he met June Carter he said "I'm Johnny Cash and I'm Going to marry you some day"
    ode2jeremyon December 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhatever the reality behind it, this may be the most honest love song ever written by a male artist. In my mind, this shows how a man really can be true to the woman he loves. I listened to this song last night and it made me think of my beautiful wife. If you're married and this song doesn't make you look at your wedding picture, what's wrong with you?
    OpinionHeadon February 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually this song was written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore. June was involved with Johnny Cash and later married him. This song is about her feelings for the troubled Cash, and how she was in love with him despite his his volatile, drug-addicted lifestyle. The fact they were both married to other people when they began singing together is likely another inspiration.
    Montroseon January 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentExcellent song. This is truly one of his greatest works.
    Mr. No Nameon January 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSince most of the posts are about what Johnny meant and not what it meant to you, I figured I'd just find out what Johnny said.....

    From "Johnny Cash, Man in Black, Grand Rapids, MI, 1975, pp. 87-88."

    In the dressing room at Gladewater I was sitting with Carl Perkins, strumming on the guitar.... "This is an idea I got today," I want to write a song that has something to say. A song that will have a lot of meaning not only for me, but for everybody who hears it -- that says I'm going to be true not only to those who believe in me and depend on me, but to myself and to God -- a song that might give courage to others as well as myself."
    Carl said, "That's a good idea. What will you call it?"
    "I don't know," I said. "Something like 'I'm Still Being True' or 'I'm Walking the Line' or some such thing."
    "I Walk the Line would be a good title," Carl said.
    "Hmmmmmmmmm --" I began.
    The song came easily. It was one of those rare times I felt a song was just "begging to be written." There was no wringing the mind or biting the pencil on I Walk the Line. The lyrics came as fast as I could write, and in twenty minutes I had it finished.
    Silesianon February 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think Johnny Cash's delivery gives this song a slightly menacing/ambiguous edge. It's almost like the narrator knows deep down he's going to succumb to temptation, and he's working very hard to repress this fear by being overly emphatic about how easy it is for him to behave well. I know next to nothing about JC's marriages but I can't help wondering if he was giving it this ambiguous feel on purpose, singing in character; that is, Johnny Cash the man was aware of the self-delusion of Johnny Cash the song's narrator. If so it's one of those songs where the tone slyly subverts the meaning of the lyrics (see also "Don't Think Twice it's Alright", "Just one of Those Things").
    radicoolon December 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was written by Johnny and is about the feelings he had for his wife (June Carter Cash), and all she'd done for him.
    lleemmon April 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMods, strike that - that post was meant for 'Ring of Fire'.
    Montroseon January 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRing of Fire and I Walk The Line are definitely companion tunes.
    OpinionHeadon February 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentgood song. Johhny Cash was a cool man.
    Bertxxon March 19, 2005   Link

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