“September When It Comes” was written by Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal, then recorded by Rosanne Cash in 2003. She included the song as the fifth track to her album Rules of Travel. Her song “September When It Comes” was the last song she recorded with her father, Johnny Cash because Cash died September of 2003.
“September When it Comes'” Performance
Rosanne’s song didn’t enter the US Billboard chart, but her album was able to enter the Billboard. Rules of Travel peaked at No. 16 on the US Billboard Top Country Albums in 2003. In addition, the song was able to spend a total of 17 weeks on the chart. Aside from entering the Billboard chart, her album was nominated for Grammy Awards Best Contemporary Folk Album in 2003.
The Song’s Content
This song will bring you to tears when you listen to Rosanne singing with her father. It’s like Rosanne is telling the story of when she was born in this world. Until she grew up to be a teenager, where the character of the song might have been rebellious during those times.
“There’s a light inside the darkened room,
A footstep on the stair.
A door that I forever close,
To leave those memories there.”
Johnny Cash sang in the second part of the song. This part of the song is when the character is trying to escape from his or her world to the people he/she loved. Then it shifts to the time when he/she is old and cannot be the same person he was before. However, the character is sure that he will rest in a place beautiful.
“I cannot move a mountain now
I can no longer run.
I cannot be who I was then
In a way, I never was.”
Rosanne and Johnny sang together at the chorus and the end part of the song. Is it a coincidence that this was Johnny Cash’s last song with his daughter?
Johnny Cash’s Death
Johnny Cash died on September 12, 2003, due to complications from diabetes. This occurred four months after the death of his wife June Carter. The death of his wife caused Johnny more pain, this might also be one of the reasons why his condition worsened.