Ring Of Fire chords & lyrics

by Johnny Cash

Ring Of Fire was written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore. Johnny Cash recorded the song March 25, 1963, and released it April 19, 1963 from the album Ring Of Fire: The Best Of Johnny Cash.

Music: Key of G Major in 4/4 and 2/4 time at moderately bright Tempo
Easy Chords: G, C, D
Changes in time signature occur throughout the song especially in the Intro and wherever the trumpets play. I have only included the time signatures in the Intro and Instrumental sections on the song sheet so you can get a feel for the timing. In the verses the bars of C Major represented by | C | are also in 2/4 time.
Johnny Cash

Ring Of Fire by Johnny Cash

              Crotchet Rest ♩♩♩
Intro: 4/4 (Trumpet)      2/4   4/4               2/4   4/4
            |     |  G  |  C  |  G  |  G  |  G  |  C  |  G  |  G  | 

    G         C         G  | C |  G                 C      G  | C |  G
1. Love is a burn-ing thing___      And it makes a fie-ry ring
     G       C       G  | C |     G                 D       G
   Bound by wild de-sire___         I fell in-to a ring of fire

        D               C                G   
Chorus: I fell in-to a burn-ing ring of fire
                D                          C          G
        I went down down down___ And the flames went high-er
                 G                       C       G           D       G 
        And it burns burns burns___ The ring of fire___ The ring of fire


Instr: (Trumpet)   2/4   4/4               2/4   4/4
           |  G  |  C  |  G  |  G  |  G  |  C  |  G  |  G  | 

                   2/4   4/4               2/4   4/4
           |  G  |  C  |  G  |  G  |  G  |  C  |  G  |  G  | 

        D               C                G   
Chorus: I fell in-to a burn-ing ring of fire
                D                          C          G
        I went down down down___ And the flames went high-er
                 G                       C       G           D       G 
        And it burns burns burns___ The ring of fire___ The ring of fire

          G       C        G  | C |   G                   C    G  | C | G
2.  The taste of love is sweet___       When hearts like ours meet
    G               C       G  | C |  G              C         G
    I fell for you like a child___      Oh, but the fire went wild

        D               C                G   
Chorus: I fell in-to a burn-ing ring of fire
                D                          C          G
        I went down down down___ And the flames went high-er
                 G                       C       G           D       G 
        And it burns burns burns___ The ring of fire___ The ring of fire

        D               C                G   
Chorus: I fell in-to a burn-ing ring of fire
                D                          C          G
        I went down down down___ And the flames went high-er
                 G                       C       G           D       G 
        And it burns burns burns___ The ring of fire___ The ring of fire
                 G                         C       G           D       G
        And it burns, burns, burns___ The ring of fire___ The ring of fire 
             D       G           D       G
        The ring of fire___ The ring of fire...   repeat to fade

G Major

Red numbers: Finger positions/notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
            G                   C                   D  
    e |---|---|-3-|     e |---|---|---|     e |---|-2-|---| 
    B |---|---|---|     B |-1-|---|---|     B |---|---|-3-|
    G |---|---|---|     G |---|---|---|     G |---|-1-|---|
    D |---|---|---|     D |---|-2-|---|     D |---|---|---|
    A |---|-1-|---|     A |---|---|-3-|     A |---|---|---|x
    E |---|---|-2-|     E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3


Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
          G                   C                   D
    |-3-|---|---| e     |---|---|---| e     |---|-2-|---| e
    |---|---|---| B     |---|---|-1-| B     |-3-|---|---| B
    |---|---|---| G     |---|---|---| G     |---|-1-|---| G
    |---|---|---| D     |---|-2-|---| D     |---|---|---| D
    |---|-1-|---| A     |-3-|---|---| A    x|---|---|---| A
    |-2-|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets

PS. The timing seems a little strange at first but after playing it a few times, it will start feeling very natural and your playing will begin to flow smoothly...a fun song to play. I have played this song hundreds of times and never seem to tire of it. If you are an entertainer and the crowd is crowing restless, this song is guaranteed to reel them in!

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