Although he was in many ways spiraling out of control, Cash could still deliver hits due to his frenetic creativity. His rendition of "Ring of Fire" was a crossover hit, reaching number one on the country charts and entering the top 20 on the pop charts. It was originally performed by June's sister, but the signature mariachi-style horn arrangement was provided by Cash.- Johnny Cash interviewed on the Pop Chronicles (1969). He said that it had come to him in a dream. Vivian Liberto claimed a different version of the origins of "Ring of Fire". In her book, I Walked the Line: My Life with Johnny, Liberto says that Cash gave Carter the credit for monetary reasons.- Liberto, I Walked the Line: My Life with Johnny, p. 294.
Well, my daddy left home when I was three,
and he didn't leave much for ma and me,
just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze.
Now I don't blame him 'cause he ran and hid, but the meanest thing that he ever did was before he left, he went and named me Sue.