“Johnny Met June”

“Johnny Met June”

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song

Shelby Lynne
“Johnny Met June”

Written and Recorded by Shelby Lynne

It’s really a simple story. We’re all Johnny Cash fans. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t love Johnny Cash. On the morning of September 12, 2003, I was at home, drinking my coffee, just fiddling around. I was listening to KCRW Radio in Los Angeles and Mathieu Schreyer came on and said that Johnny Cash had passed. It was earth shattering news. I got that sinking feeling you get when someone dies. I picked up my guitar and wrote “Johnny Met June” on the spot.

Got some news today from the radio man

He spoke the words softly and as somber as he can.

The world stood still and the sky opened up

made my way to fill up my coffee cup.

Then it occurred to me as the daylight sky shone blue

Today’s the day that

Johnny met June.

It was about them meeting in heaven. June Carter Cash had died four months before that. As all great loves go down, it is common that one person doesn’t last too long after the person they’ve spent their entire life with passes.

Oh how I still love to hear you sing

And everything we ever heard about heaven is true

Today’s the day that Johnny met June.

“Johnny Met June”

Got some news today from the radio man

He spoke the words softly and as somber as he can.

The world stood still and the sky opened up

made my way to fill up my coffee cup.

Then it occurred to me as the daylight sky shone blue

Today’s the day that

Johnny met June.

He waited a while, he knew that he would

He was gonna hang around here for as long as he could.

The days went by and hours idly passed

He was never sure just how long he would last

But there’s not much love in a lonely room.

Today’s the day that

Johnny met June.

Hey my darlin’, hey my sweet

I’ve waited on the day that I knew we would meet.

Hey my sun, hey my moon

Today’s the day that

Johnny met June.

Now were starting over, it’s the place that we are

You look more than pretty underneath all the stars.

Love, love is a burning thing

Oh how I still love to hear you sing

And everything we ever heard about heaven is true.

Today’s the day that Johnny met June,

Today’s the day that Johnny met June.

Written by Shelby Lynne. © 2003 William Boy Sound Music Photo credit Randee St. Nicholas

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