In 1994 Johnny Cash wrote this letter to June. Some say it is one of the finest love letters ever penned. Lend an ear to the song also.
Happy Birthday Princess,
We got old and got used to each other. We think alike. We read each others minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes we take each other for granted.
But once in a while, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met.
You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much.
Happy Birthday Princess.
And this song, ‘Hurt,’ a remake of T. Reznors version that he said Johnny ‘owned,’ is in my opinion, the pinnacle of his career. The man in black knew he was dying, and this song is his epitaph. Consider the phrase ‘my empire of dirt.’ The vid is mesmerizing, the music haunting but beautiful, the tune simple but intense. John’s face and wrinkles tell life’s story, and June is on the same page.
The first time I heard this many years ago, there was an impression within moments, and my appreciation has never diminished. Listen carefully, and you will hear another love letter. Go full screen, turn up the volume a tad, and be moved.