Ring Of Fire chords by Johnny Cash


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Ring Of Fire | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

|4/4 N.C (B C C#) |3/4 G/D G C |4/4 G |
|3/4 G G/D D5 |4/4 G |

Verse 1

| G |3/4 G G/D C |4/4 G |
Love is a burning thing.
| G |3/4 G G/D D5 |4/4 G |
And it makes a fiery ring.
| G |3/4 G G/D C |4/4 G |
Bound by wild desire.
|3/4 G G/D D5 |4/4 G |
I fell into a ring of fire.

Chorus 1

| D | C G G/D |
I fell into a burning ring of fire.
| D | C G G/D |
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher.
| G |2/4 G D |4/4 G | G |
And it burns, burns, burns. The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

Instrumental 1

||: 3/4 G G/D C |4/4 G |3/4 G G/D D5 |4/4 G :||

Chorus 2

| D | C G G/D |
I fell into a burning ring of fire.
| D | C G G/D |
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher.
| G |2/4 G D |4/4 G | G |
And it burns, burns, burns. The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

Verse 2

| G G/D G C |3/4 G G/D C | 4/4 G |
The taste of love is sweet.
| G G/D G D5 |3/4 G G/D D5 | 4/4 G |
When hearts like ours meet.
|3/4 G G/D C |2/4 G | 3/4 G G/D C |4/4 G |
I fell for you like a child.
| G G/D G D5 | 4/4 G |
Oh, but the fire went wild.

Chorus 3

| D | C G G/D |
I fell into a burning ring of fire.
| D | C G G/D |
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher.
| G |2/4 G D |4/4 G | G (B C C#) |
And it burns, burns, burns. The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

Chorus 4

| D | C G G/D |
I fell into a burning ring of fire.
| D | C G G/D |
I went down, down, down and the flames went higher.
| G |2/4 G D |4/4 G | G |
And it burns, burns, burns. The ring of fire, the ring of fire.

Outro

| G |2/4 G D |4/4 G | G |
And it burns, burns, burns. The ring of fire, the ring of fire.
| G | G | G | to fade
The ring of fire, the ring of fire, the ring of fire, the ring of fire.


Ring Of Fire chords and progressions (lesson preview)

Ring Of Fire Analysis + TAB

This is not easy. Johnny Cash‘s Ring Of Fire is extremely difficult to play like the original, it would be a guaranteed car crash if you played this without rehearsal.

The reason is not because of Ring of Fire’s chords, they’re just I – IV – V, or G C D in the key of G. The problem is the time signatures, they’re mad!

The only way I could work this out was by applying an alternating bass line between the root and the 5th, writing it all out bar by bar using TAB.

Members get access to all this TAB and can therefore play along with the original recording without getting lost.

If you don’t believe me, try playing along with the original, I’ll even give you the chords and time signatures here for verse 1 and it’s still very difficult!

| G |3/4 G G/D C |4/4 G |
| G |3/4 G G/D D5 |4/4 G |
| G |3/4 G G/D C |4/4 G |
|3/4 G G/D D5 |4/4 G |

If you actually did manage to play along, try verse 2 as well, you will be defeated, it is so weird!

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Ring Of Fire, guitar lesson with TAB.

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Ring Of Fire was used as an example for the rest of the industry!

When Willie Nelson was trying to break through as an artist in Nashville, he was told that a big and complex production like Johnny Cash’s Ring Of Fire was the only way forward.

This anecdote is a great example of how the music industry gets hung up on the bells and whistles and tries to force that on other artists, thinking that “this was the reason it worked”.

In hindsight, we’ve all seen that all that matters is a great tune, done in a way that feels authentic to the artist. As recently as 2023, Oliver Anthony proved this as he released songs recorded on his phone and sang about Rich Men North Of Richmond.

Johnny Cash himself proved that unconventional ideas like playing in prisons and wearing all black as if he was going to a funeral could work.

Looking back at Ring Of Fire, who would have thought that Mexican horns and odd-time signatures could be a hit?!?

Well, once it was, the industry thought it would suit Willie Nelson!


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