Jackson
Johnny Cash with June Carter Lyrics


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We got married in a fever
Hotter than a pepper sprout
We've been talkin' 'bout Jackson
Ever since the fire went out

I'm goin' to Jackson
I'm gonna mess around
Yeah, I'm goin' to Jackson
Look out Jackson town

Well, go on down to Jackson
Go ahead and wreck your health
Go play your hand you big-talkin' man
Make a big fool of yourself

Yeah, go to Jackson
Ho comb your hair
Honey, I'm gonna snowball Jackson
See if I care

When I breeze into that city
People gonna stoop and bow
All them women gonna make me
Teach 'em what they don't know how

I'm goin' to Jackson
You turn-a loose-a my coat
I'm goin' to Jackson
"Goodbye", that's all she wrote

But they'll laugh at you in Jackson
And I'll be dancin' on a Pony Keg
They'll lead you 'round town like a scalded hound
With your tail tucked between your legs

Yeah, go to Jackson
You big-talkin' man.
And I'll be waitin' in Jackson
Behind my Japan Fan

Well now, we got married in a fever
Hotter than a pepper Sprout
We've been talkin' 'bout Jackson
Ever since the fire went

I'm goin' to Jackson
And that's a fact
Yeah, we're goin' to Jackson
Ain't never comin' back





Well, we got married in a fever
Hotter than a pepper sprout'

Overall Meaning

The song "Jackson" by Johnny Cash with June Carter, is a tale of a couple who got married "in a fever" and are now discussing going to Jackson. They both seem to have very different ideas about what they will do in Jackson, with June insisting that she will "snowball Jackson" and Johnny saying that he will "make a big fool of [him]self." The contrast between their personalities and desires is highlighted by the differences in the tone of their voices as they sing the lyrics.


The song is structured as a back-and-forth conversation between the two characters, with Johnny's confident, brash statements being met with June's more cautious and level-headed responses. Despite their differences, however, there is a certain chemistry between the two that is evident in the way they play off of each other's words and melodies. Towards the end of the song, they come together in harmony, singing the chorus together: "I'm goin' to Jackson, I'm gonna mess around, yeah, I'm goin' to Jackson, look out Jackson town."


Overall, the song is a fun and lively duet that showcases the undeniable talents of Johnny Cash and June Carter. It is a classic example of their musical partnership and the unique way they were able to make even the most mundane of subject matter sound interesting and compelling.


Line by Line Meaning

We got married in a fever
We got hitched in a whirlwind romance


Hotter than a pepper sprout
It was passionate and intense


We've been talkin' 'bout Jackson
We've been planning to move to Jackson


Ever since the fire went out
After our love cooled down, we started discussing the move


I'm goin' to Jackson
I'm heading to Jackson


I'm gonna mess around
I'm not staying idle in Jackson


Yeah, I'm goin' to Jackson
Yes, I'm definitely going to Jackson


Look out Jackson town
Prepare for my arrival and impact


Well, go on down to Jackson
Go to Jackson if you dare


Go ahead and wreck your health
You can destroy yourself in Jackson


Go play your hand you big-talkin' man
You can try to act tough and confident


Make a big fool of yourself
But it will only make you look bad


Yeah, go to Jackson
Yeah, go to Jackson


Ho comb your hair
Better fix yourself up


Honey, I'm gonna snowball Jackson
I'll cause chaos and disturbance in Jackson


See if I care
And I won't feel guilty about it


When I breeze into that city
When I arrive in the city


People gonna stoop and bow
People will acknowledge and respect me


All them women gonna make me
All the ladies will try to impress me


Teach 'em what they don't know how
I can show them a thing or two


I'm goin' to Jackson
I'm really heading to Jackson


You turn-a loose-a my coat
Let go of my coat


Goodbye
I'm leaving now


That's all she wrote
That's the end of it


But they'll laugh at you in Jackson
You'll be the laughingstock in Jackson


And I'll be dancin' on a Pony Keg
I'll be having fun and enjoying the local scene


They'll lead you 'round town like a scalded hound
You'll be humiliated and disgraced


With your tail tucked between your legs
You'll be ashamed and embarrassed


Yeah, go to Jackson
Yeah, go to Jackson


You big-talkin' man.
You boastful man


And I'll be waitin' in Jackson
And I'll be waiting for you in Jackson


Behind my Japan Fan
Hiding behind my folding fan


Well now, we got married in a fever
We got married impulsively


Hotter than a pepper sprout
It was blazing and intense




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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@sun-risen8686

@@lifeisall488So drug addicts don’t deserve to find happiness? He completely turned his life around! He became an ordained minister! He spoke at over 30 Billy Graham crusades!

During the time he became a “drug addict” it’s wasn’t that he sought out street drugs…he was prescribed the medication that was prescribed by the billions to housewives businessmen entertainers etc etc! It was normalized & thought to be safe bc it came from a Physician!

June being a “home wrecker” JC marriage was basically over in every way except on paper! He was on the road doing shows everynight doing 100’s of shows building his career! His wife wanted him home she didn’t like the show business!

JCC didn’t go after him! JC ended up falling in love with JCC he was in love with both. Being human his marriage on the rocks never home & when he was it was arguments…it only pushed him further to JCC!
Someone who (JCC) knew the road business, show business! They were both human & gravitated toward someone that made them feel good & understood the life of an entertainer

His wife remarried ONE week after the divorce was finalized!
So I think she also found someone that made her feel good bc she’s only human as well!

People end up in relationships with a person that really have nothing at all in common & want different things out of life! Especially back in those days! The only difference is, most stayed in unhappy marriages back then & lived miserably without ever knowing true happiness, true compatibility with their partner NEVER experiencing their true soulmate! (If it is such a thing) at least it came close to it!

It’s easy to sit up on ur high horse look down judging others!

Everyone makes mistakes in life & it’s sad that some will sum up a persons life for a mistake to be their legacy!
It’s a good thing NOT all have the same judgmental outlook



All comments from YouTube:

@Dargyful

They died four months apart. Great loves can’t live without each other

@gregnormal55.

Helle!! How are you doing today, please pardon me for intruding into your privacy but I just wanted to know if you’re a fan ? Have a great day… Stay Safe!!

@chmmm2565

I had no idea they passed 4 months apart. R.I.P. June and Johnny.

@robtru84

They're remarried in heaven for 20 years now

@starrbutt100

And Hurt came out in between if I remember correctly. That video brings tears. Even trent reznor was like "that's his song now"

@Jean-tj2uz

So true 😢❤

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@danielbr6662

They are singing as if they were in their living room. These kind of artists were natural, they had it, they lived for it. Awesome

@tonyhouston2730

They were definitely a legacy for sure

@marjsheahan7655

Absolutely fantastic 😊
Can't get enough of them

@markgnarz5399

Have you seen Billy Strings playing in a basement living room years before he won a Grammy for his "Dust in a Baggie"?

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