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Posted By: Uncle Phil
31-Aug-08 - 07:26 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Forty Shades of Green (Johnny Cash)
Subject: RE: Folklore: Forty Shades of Green - Origin Request
The St. Patrick's Day gig story may be folklore. The story I've heard from several folks is Johnny Cash was inspired by looking down at a green patchwork of fields while flying between Irish gigs.

I'm always baffled by the notion that Forty Shades of Green is anything other than a song that Cash wrote. Obviously he was capable of writing it (member of Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for singing songs he wrote) and it doesn't resemble a trad Irish song in form or content. That's not to say I don't like Forty Shades of Green. It's a nice song and I hope all of you get to hear Seamus Kennedy perform it live at least once before you die.
- Phil