The sun is on the cemetery, leaves are on the stones, there never was a place on earth that felt so much like home.

Let’s celebrate what would’ve been Johnny Cash’s eightieth birthday today with a song his daughter Rosanne Cash composed while mourning the loss of her father. As she explained to us earlier this year, the middle verse of “God Is in the Roses” came about the day after she buried her father:

“I got up at 5:00 in the morning and waited for the Starbucks to open and got coffee and went and sat on his grave and watched the sun rise — the sun, yeah, the sun rise on his grave. And it was really comforting to me. I took two cups of coffee — one for him. And I felt so at peace watching the sun rise on his grave and then that gave me that verse. But then I wanted to go out to, you know, more than just my personal experience, when I’m saying, I love you like a brother, father and a son. And now when I sing that live, I sing, I love you all like brothers.”

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God is also in the voices of people like Rosanne Cash.


What a great insight into those lyrics: the amazing talent prefaced with the mundane of waiting for coffee.  Very cool

 My parents passed away several years ago & I still mourn them everyday.  However, I am working really hard to remember them as they would have wished & at the same time be with my children & their babies in the way that they need me to be in the here & now. 
 The song reminded me that my parents are also with me in so many ways even today.  They are a part of me forever and at times I can also see them in my own children--and I will tell funny & loving stories about them to my grandchildren.  The song & the sweetness in Rosanne's voice
is comforting and even happy.   I am so thankful I clicked on to your site today.
Thank you,
Zoe Dodd

Another beauty from Roseanne