The Man in Black knows all about love.
Finding a good love song takes work.
Because different kinds of love ballads appeal to different kinds of people. Do they like something simple and poetic, rockin’ and romantic, heartfelt and earnest? It’s not always easy to find a song that talks about love in a way that connects to particular person.
Especially if that person is a man.
I’m about to make an INCREDIBLY broad generalization here, but many men just aren’t into love songs.
They’re never going to admit that they sing along to “My Heart Will Go On” in the car. They’re never going to engage in a debate about who performed “I Will Always Love You” better — Dolly Parton or Whitney Houston? (Clearly Dolly.)
Those kinds of men just going to sit there, with their arms crossed and beards uncombed, steadfastly denying that a love song could ever, EVER move their incredibly manly hearts. So, if you’re trying to find the perfect love song for him, it can feel impossible at times.
Fortunately, there is a way to bring these men out of their cold-hearted shells.
And that solution is Johnny Cash.
Johnny Cash might be the manliest romantic that ever walked the Earth. His voice is so low, his demeanor un-phased. He gets up on stage with his guitar, dressed all in black, and… he talks about love.
You wouldn’t expect it if you only know Johnny Cash from his “Folsom Prison Blues”/”I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die” material, but Cash had a big gooey heart that he sang about all the time. (If you’ve seen the great biopic Walk the Line, you might be a little more familiar with Johnny’s romantic side, particularly as it related to his long-time love June Carter.)
If your man is the “keeping his emotions on the inside” type, try playing him these 8 love songs made famous by Johnny Cash.
Because if anyone is going to break through to your guy’s inner love-song lover, it’s the Man in Black.
1. "Darlin' Companion"
LYRIC SAMPLE: Darlin' companion, come on and give me understandin'.
As long as we keep laughin', bear in mind just what could happen.
Darlin' companion, I tell the mountains and the canyons,
Long as I got legs to stand on, I'm gonna stick by you.
2. "I Love You Because"
LYRIC SAMPLE: No matter what may be the style or season,
I know your heart will always be true.
I love you for a hundred thousand reasons,
But most of all I love you 'cause you're you.
3. "'Cause I Love You"
LYRIC SAMPLE: If we're ever parted
I will keep the tie that binds us
And I'll never let it break
'Cause I love you
4. "Happiness Is You"
LYRIC SAMPLE: Way down the mountain I chased a moonbeam
On the beach I built sand castles too
My moonbeams faded my castles tumbled
All of this was meaningless 'cause happiness is you
5. "I Walk the Line"
LYRIC SAMPLE: 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
6. "You're the Nearest Thing to Heaven"
LYRIC SAMPLE: You're the nearest thing to heaven yes you are
I have searched for happiness so long and far
But my search for love was through the day that I found you
Cause you're the nearest thing to heaven yes you are
7. "Ring of Fire"
LYRIC SAMPLE: Love is a burning thing
And it makes a fiery ring
Bound by wild desire
I fell in to a ring of fire
8. "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
LYRIC SAMPLE: 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