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Dolly Parton Rockin’ Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line”


“I Walk the Line” is Johnny Cash’s staple song. He wrote the song when he was backstage in Gladewater, Texas, and the title of his song was suggested to him by Carl Perkins. “I Walk the Line” was recorded in 1956 and released after a month. Cash first introduced the song as a single and later included it in various albums.

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“I Walk the Line” is Johnny Cash’s iconic song. Photo via sonic1029.com

Johnny Cash’s First Number One

It became his first song on the country chart to place at number one. After which, he continually produced number one hits. Furthermore, it secured the number 17 spot on the Hot 100 chart.

“I Walk the Line” Content

When you listen to it closely “I Walk the Line” is a love song. The story tells of a man who’ll do everything for the woman he loves. He sincerely admits that because of her, he found happiness in his life and he’ll do anything to keep her on his side.

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

Other Versions

Cash’s version is perfect, and nothing can be compared to it. However, despite being the best, we can’t deny that there are also some artists who put a spin to the song that turned out to be great; but not as great as Cash.

Dolly Parton’s Version

One rendition of “I Walk the Line” was by the iconic Dolly Parton. Although it’s not as great as Cash’s, Parton made the song sound more country-rock than Cash’s version. It’s still uptempo less the humming part of the song.

Parton’s cover became a part of her 1984 album The Great Pretender.

Here’s Dolly Parton rocking “I Walk the Line.”

What do you think of Parton’s version? Did you enjoy it or do you think she should have stuck to the original version? Share your thoughts to us.

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