Song of the Week: “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash

Ring of Fire is a song made popular by Johnny Cash.  The song was originally written by June Carter Cash (Johnny Cash’s second wife) and a songwriter called Merle Kilgore.

This song was recorded in 1963 and was the biggest hit of Johnny Cash’s career.

Live version:

Recorded Version:

Listen to the song and complete the lyrics.  You’ll notice that some parts of the song and answers are repeated:

Ring of Fire
Lyrics Wordbank
Love is a burnin’ thing,
And it [1] _______ a fiery ring
Bound by wild desire
I [2] ____ into a ring of fire.I [3] _____ into a burnin’ ring of fire
I [4] _____ down, down, down
And the flames [5] _____ higher,
And it [6] ______, ________, _______
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

I [3] _____ into a burnin’ ring of fire
I [4] _____ down, down, down
And the flames [5] _____ higher,
And it [6] ______, ________, _______
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

The [7] _____ of love is sweet
When hearts like ours [8] ______.
I [9] ______ for you like a child
Oh, but the fire [10] ______ wild.

I [3] _____ into a burnin’ ring of fire
I [4] _____ down, down, down
And the flames [5] _____ higher,
And it [6] ______, ________, _______
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

I [3] _____ into a burnin’ ring of fire
I [4] _____ down, down, down
And the flames [5] _____ higher,
And it [6] ______, ________, _______
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

And it [6] ______, ________, _______
The ring of fire, the ring of fire.
The ring of fire, the ring of fire
The ring of fire

1. went

2. taste

3. makes

4. meet

5. fell

6. burns

REMEMBER
You may use
some words
more than
once!!

Discussion Questions:

1.) Why do you think Johnny Cash describes love as a burning ring of fire? 

2.) Johnny Cash uses the present simple and past simple to describe different thing in the song.  When does he use the present simple and past simple?  Why does he use these two different tenses?

Did you learn any new vocabulary?  Have an opinion about the song?  Have your answer to the discussion questions?  Comment below! 

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