"Ring of Fire" as written by and June Carter Merle Kilgore....
Love is a burnin' thing
And it makes a fiery ring
Bound by wild desire
I fell into a ring of fire

I fell into a burnin' ring of fire
I went down, down, down
And the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns
The ring of fire, the ring of fire

I fell into a burnin' ring of fire
I went down, down, down
And the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns
The ring of fire, the ring of fire

The taste of love is sweet
When hearts like ours meet
I fell for you like a child
Oh, but the fire went wild

I fell into a burnin' ring of fire
I went down, down, down
And the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns
The ring of fire, the ring of fire

I fell into a burnin' ring of fire
I went down, down, down
And the flames went higher
And it burns, burns, burns
The ring of fire, the ring of fire
And it burns, burns, burns
The ring of fire, the ring of fire
The ring of fire, the ring of fire
The ring of fire


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"Ring of Fire" as written by Merle Kilgore June Carter

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  • +9
    General CommentI'm no country fan but I have deep respect for Johnny Cash.
    This song describes love better than any other song for me.
    Cash compares love to a ring of fire that both warms and torments the victim. And the longer one stays in love or the ring of fire, the more intense the flames and the affair become.
    Rotageron February 10, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentWell honest to God yall I was just watchin CMT and this song is about Jonny when he was on tour with this woman and they fell for each other. Even thought they were both married to other people, the fell in love. And they eventually got married. "Ring of Fire" signifies how they both loved each other but felt they couldn't do anything b/c they were married to other people. It has everything to do with love.
    BrittniBoo2on June 28, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Fire" and "burning" usually symbolizes passion or desire. Something which is a little different from love. "Fire" and"falling" and "down, down, down" can suggest hell, or an ill-deed, or something socially unacceptable. I can see why this song can imply a love triangle or having an illicit affair.


    Also, he didn't jump into it, he "fell" into it, as if he had no control of the situation. It can also mean he didn't choose it, it chose him. Maybe having something to do with Cash being on tour and needing someone.
    gene1102on September 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah, woo hoo, lovely song, it kinda makes me mad when people look at this song as Johnny Cash's sole contribution to music, just because it was in a dozen or more commercials.
    FloggingMollyon April 28, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song was written by June Carter Cash about the love she felt for her husband Johnny.
    lleemmon April 30, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThat's true...about June writing the song. This is a classic.
    allenegirlon May 24, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's a metaphor for a love triangle. June only wrote the lyrics. The mexican trumpets were JC's idea, he had a dream and in the the dream the lyrics were playin in his head with the trumpets. So I read anyway.

    He is the king.
    one who waitson October 12, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is the epitome of country music.

    It's very unique, yet it explains everything else.

    "Love is a burning thing." ...The theme is universal.
    tantalumtellurideon January 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song so much - its amazing

    its just about being soo painfully in love. which is what she was when she wrote it. & obviously johnny felt the same way, theres just so much in his voice. this song is great
    caitlin.on January 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentITS NOT "FOUND MY WILD DESIRE",
    ITS "BOUND BY WILD DESIRE"
    **CHILIS**on March 23, 2006   Link

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