Wide Open Road
Johnny Cash Lyrics


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Well, you said you had enough
You said that you were leavin?
I said, "Shove off honey, baby, I ain't grievin'
Pack your bags and pull out this evenin?
There's a wide open road"

On Saturday mornin' you where nowhere about it
And so I searched the town but you had done pulled out
I looked north, east and west and then a leadin' south
I saw a wide open road

there's a wide open road
It?s leadin? south from my abode
If you stick around and turn your damper down
There's a wide open road

Well, the reason I was lookin? for you all over town
Was to tell you that your kitty cat is still around
And you left your weddin' ring when you went
Down that wide open road

If you gonna stay away then honey let me know
How to cook hot biscuits, how to roll a dough
Every thing's gone crazy since I told you to go
Down that wide open road

there's a wide open road
And honey, I want you to know




You can look down south or you can turn back home
And there's a wide open road

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of the song "Wide Open Road" by Johnny Cash tell the story of a man who was left by his partner, and he tries to convince himself that he is not bothered by her leaving him. He encourages her to leave and assures her that he will be fine. However, as soon as she leaves, he starts to search for her all over town. As he roams the town in search of her, all he can see is the wide open road that leads southwards. He realizes that the only way to find her is to follow this road.
The lyrics reveal the emotive state of the singer; he sounds desperate and hurt, but tries to disguise his feelings with a façade of indifference. Despite his hurt, he is willing to forgive and forget, as he mentions that her wedding ring is still with him and he would like to return it to her.


Overall, the song's themes center on loneliness and loss of love, as the singer tries to come to terms with the sudden departure of his partner. The lyrics present a vivid picture of the emotions that the singer feels after being left behind. The song's melody is somber and slow, underscoring the melancholic tone of the lyrics.


Line by Line Meaning

Well, you said you had enough
You told me that you were no longer content with our relationship


You said that you were leavin?
You vocalized your intentions to end our romantic involvement


I said, "Shove off honey, baby, I ain't grievin'
I expressed to you that I was not feeling sorrowful or upset over your decision to depart


Pack your bags and pull out this evenin?
I urged you to hurry up and pack your belongings and leave tonight


There's a wide open road
There's a vast expanse of some route awaiting your journey out of this town


On Saturday mornin' you where nowhere about it
I couldn't find you anywhere on Saturday morning


And so I searched the town but you had done pulled out
I looked around the entire town, but you had already left


I looked north, east and west and then a leadin' south
I looked in all directions - North, East, West - and then eventually southwards


I saw a wide open road
I spotted a vast expanse of an unoccupied route leading away from this environment


It?s leadin? south from my abode
This unoccupied route is going southwards from my place of residence


If you stick around and turn your damper down
If you choose to stay, please calm down your anxieties


There's a wide open road
There's still a vast route awaiting you if you decide to leave eventually


Well, the reason I was lookin? for you all over town
I was searching for you in town to tell you something important


Was to tell you that your kitty cat is still around
I wanted to inform you that your pet cat was still in the vicinity


And you left your weddin' ring when you went
You forgot about your wedding ring and left it behind when you finally journeyed onwards


Down that wide open road
Along the route leading away from our town that you had previously taken


If you gonna stay away then honey let me know
If you have moved on for good, it would be helpful if you informed me clearly


How to cook hot biscuits, how to roll a dough
Teach me how to cook your favorite foods and desserts as you won't be around anymore to prepare them


Every thing's gone crazy since I told you to go
Things have gotten hectic or unmanageable ever since I asked you to leave


And honey, I want you to know
I want you to understand that, regardless of everything, I still care about you


You can look down south or you can turn back home
You have the freedom to choose whether to continue your journey south or return to your former residence


And there's a wide open road
There will always be a vast route ahead of you wherever you may go




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Written by: JOHNNY CASH

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Marcus

Well you said you had enough,
you said that you were leaving,
I said shove off honey, baby I aint grievin,
pack your bags and pull out this evening theres a wide open road
Early this morning you were
no where about and so I
searched the town and you had done pulled out
I looked North East and West and then a leading south I saw a wide open road
Theres a wide open road its leading south from my abode
if you stick around and turn your damper down theres a wide open road


guitar


well the reason I was lookin for you
all over town was to tell you that your kitty cat is
still around and you left your wedding ring when you went down
that wide open road
if you're gunna stay away then honey
let me know to cook hot biscuits how to
roll a dough everythings gone crazy since I
told you to go down the wide open road
theres a wide open road
and honey I want you to know
you can look down south or you turn back home and theres a wide open road



All comments from YouTube:

Μαριλένα Μουζακίτη

I listened to Johnny Cash since I was 15. Now I am 18 and I am very proud for my taste in music. Today's music can't compare with this 🎼🎶🎵❤️

JANAINA DE MATOS ROLDÃO

I only knew the sound of Johnny Cash a few months ago and I love it every day.🇧🇷

ALAIN ZILKA

Magnifique interprétation 👏👏👍

Primoz Brumen

THE BEST rockabilly tune ever!!!!

Cover to Cover Book Reviews

RIP Johnny Cash, wish we had musicians like you today instead of garbage. You are missed Mr. Cash !

Dan Maltby

Big part of that sound and the V8 engine under the hood was the great Luther Perkins, the guitar slinger human metronome, one of the greatest unknown legend. Luther was the rockabilly guitar and percussion in a lot o those early songs before they got a drummer . As a kid when I heard Luther’s guitar lines, they stayed with you

joseph lemko

Cash's music is timeless.

Walking_D34D1231

A Pure legend forever and always

AmandaLark

I still haven't seen the bio flick but I seriously doubt that Joaquin could capture the grit, the warmth, the brilliance that was Johnny Cash...

Rita D'hondt

Love this one ,and from my big favorite Johhny Cash !!

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