The Ways of a Woman in Love
Johnny Cash Lyrics


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You've cut out your dancing
And you never see a show
Friends drop by to pick you up
And you hardly ever go
It seems your head is in the clouds above
You've got the ways of a woman in love

I walk by your house at night
In hope that I might see
The guy who's got you in a spin
I wish that guy was me!
I don't know why it's you I'm dreaming of
You've got the ways of a woman in love

Many is the night
I've stayed awake and cried
Now you'll never know how much
You've hurt my foolish pride

I recall your kisses
The times I held you tight
Now when I come to see you
You're sitting in the light
Missing all the things that we dreamed of
You've got the ways of a woman in love

Many is the night
I've stayed awake and cried
Now you'll never know how much
You've hurt my foolish pride

I recall your kisses
The times I held you tight
Now when I come to see you
You're sitting in the light
Missing all the things that we dreamed of



You've got the ways of a woman in love
You've got the ways of a woman in love

Overall Meaning

In "The Ways of a Woman in Love," Johnny Cash sings about the longing and heartbreak of a man who is hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be in love with someone else. The lyrics paint a picture of a woman who has lost interest in the things she used to enjoy, such as dancing and going to shows. She seems preoccupied with her own thoughts, and her head "is in the clouds above." Meanwhile, the singer is consumed with jealousy, hoping to catch a glimpse of the man who has captured her affections. He longs to be the one who makes her heart skip a beat, but he feels powerless and helpless in the face of her affection for someone else.


As the song progresses, the singer reflects on the pain he has endured as a result of his unrequited love. He has spent countless nights crying and trying to understand why he can't seem to let go of this woman. He remembers the kisses they shared and the moments they held each other close, but now when he tries to visit her, she is often sitting alone in the light, missing out on the life they had once dreamed of.


Overall, "The Ways of a Woman in Love" is a powerful portrayal of the ups and downs of romantic love. It speaks to the way that human emotions can leave us feeling vulnerable and exposed, even when we try to put on a brave face. The song captures the yearning, heartache, and deep sense of longing that accompanies unrequited love, making it a poignant and touching ballad.


Line by Line Meaning

You've cut out your dancing
You've stopped doing the things that make you happy


And you never see a show
You no longer enjoy entertainment or going out


Friends drop by to pick you up
Your friends are concerned about you


And you hardly ever go
You decline invitations and isolate yourself


It seems your head is in the clouds above
You're lost in thought and not present in reality


You've got the ways of a woman in love
Your behavior is similar to that of someone deeply in love


I walk by your house at night
I'm thinking about you constantly


In hope that I might see
I wish to catch a glimpse of the person who stole your heart


The guy who's got you in a spin
The person who has captivated your attention


I wish that guy was me!
I desire to be the one you're infatuated with


I don't know why it's you I'm dreaming of
I'm not sure why I'm so enamored with you


Many is the night
Countless times


I've stayed awake and cried
I have spent sleepless nights weeping


Now you'll never know how much
You're unaware of the pain you've caused me


You've hurt my foolish pride
You've damaged my self-respect


I recall your kisses
I remember the affection we shared


The times I held you tight
The moments we embraced each other


Now when I come to see you
When I visit you now


You're sitting in the light
You're in plain view, but I feel far away from you


Missing all the things that we dreamed of
Yearning for the future we imagined together


You've got the ways of a woman in love
You're still behaving like someone who is deeply in love




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: CHARLIE RICH, WILLIAM E. JUSTIS JR.

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

sauquoit13456

On this day in 1958 {September 7th} "The Ways of A Woman In Love" by Johnny Cash peaked at #2 {for 4 weeks} on Billboard's C&W Best Sellers in Stores chart, the four weeks it was at #2, the #1 record for those four weeks was "Bird Dog" b/w "Devoted To You" by the Everly Brothers...
And from the 'For What It's Worth' department, the C&W Top 10 Best- Selling Single records for September 7th, 1958 were:
#1. BIRD DOG/DEVOTED TO YOU by Everly Brothers
#2. THE WAYS OF A WOMAN IN LOVE by Johnny Cash
#3. BLUE BLUE DAY by Don Gibson
#4. SHE WAS ONLY SEVENTEEN by Marty Robbins
#5. BLUE BOY by Jim Reeves
#6. CITY LIGHTS by Ray Price
#7. GUESS THINGS HAPPEN THAT WAY by Johnny Cash
#8. ALONE WITH YOU by Faron Young
#9. POOR LITTLE FOOL by Ricky Nelson
#10. HARD HEADED WOMAN by Elvis Presley
Sadly, of all of the above artists only Don Everly is still with us, he will celebrate his 83rd birthday this coming February 1st, 2020...



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Drew Beck

Thanks for posting this. One of the most underrated songs recorded by the great Johnny Cash.

arnold trogman

agreed.. and I know most all of them

Rear Derailleur Tutorials

Johnny's early Sun recordings are pure treasure! No doubt about it.

merc0049

A favorite Johnny Cash song of mine. I play this at my solo shows. RIP Johnny

Eddie Zwinge

This song from Johnny is truly underrated

Franz Bernasek

I dedicate this great song to my wife, who died in 2016, with great love

Jim Love

I heard him sing this one live on stage in1968 I was only 17 at the time. Btw, the Statler brothers backed him up. He was kidding Harold about being dead ' but no one has told him yet'. One of my favorites of Johnny C.

Henry Vaccaro Sr

My favorite Johnny Cash song when I first herd it in 1957 .Written by Charlie Rich.

David Chapa Music

Great song, Henry. Never knew Charlie Rich wrote it.

Eddie Zwinge

Most Underrated song from Johnny

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