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    Ring Of Fire

    by June Carter and Merle Kilgore, as performed by Johnny Cash

     

    Note: This song has some tricky time signature issues.  It’s in cut time (2/2), but for clarity, I’ve notated it as if it’s in 4/4 (with occasional measures of 2/4).  I’ve also “dashed out” the verses because of the complex rhythm.

     

    Strum Guide

    Four-beat Strum:

    D   D U   U D U

    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

    Two-beat Strum:

    D   D U

    1 + 2 +

    Chorus Strum w/alternating bass:

    B   D U B   D U

    1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

     

     

    Intro: / G - - - / C - / G - - - - / - - - - /  

               / G - - - / D - / G - - - - / - - - - /  

     

     / G - - - / - - C - / G - - - / C - / G - - - / - - - - /

    Love is a burning thing

    / G - - - / - - D - / G - - - / D - / G - - - / - - - - /

    And it makes a fiery  ring

    / G - - - / - - C - / G - - - / C - / G - - - / - - - - /

    Bound by wild desire

    / G - - - / D - / G - - - / - - - - /

    I fell into a ring of fire

     

    Chorus:

    D (2)           C                     G

    I fell into a burning ring of fire

                D (2)                                  C                 G

    I went down, down, down, and the flames went higher

              G (2)

    And it burns, burns, burns

    / G - C - / G - - - /

    The ring of fire

    / G - D - / G - - - / - - - - /

    The ring of fire

     

    Intro x2

     

    Chorus

     

    / G - - - / - - C - / G - - - / C - / G - - - / - - - - /

    The taste of love is sweet

    / G - - - / - - D - / G - - - / D - / G - - - / - - - - /

    When hearts like ours meet

    / G - - - / - - /- - - - / - - - - / C - / G - - - / - - - - /

    I fell for you like a child

    / G - - - / - - D - / G - - - / - - - - /

    Ohh, but the fire went wild

     

    Chorus x2

     

    Repeat last three lines of chorus

     

    End on G


    This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.