Johnny Cash Quotes in Walk the Line (2005)


Johnny Cash Quotes:

  • [after record producer Sam Phillips stops Cash's band a couple of verses into their audition]

    Sam Phillips: You know exactly what I'm telling you. We've already heard that song a hundred times. Just like that. Just... like... how... you... sing it.

    Johnny Cash: Well you didn't let us bring it home.

    Sam Phillips: Bring... bring it home? All right, let's bring it home. If you was hit by a truck and you was lying out there in that gutter dying, and you had time to sing *one* song. Huh? One song that people would remember before you're dirt. One song that would let God know how you felt about your time here on Earth. One song that would sum you up. You tellin' me that's the song you'd sing? That same Jimmy Davis tune we hear on the radio all day, about your peace within, and how it's real, and how you're gonna shout it? Or... would you sing somethin' different. Somethin' real. Somethin' *you* felt. Cause I'm telling you right now, that's the kind of song people want to hear. That's the kind of song that truly saves people. It ain't got nothin to do with believin' in God, Mr. Cash. It has to do with believin' in yourself.

    Johnny Cash: [after a pause] I got a couple of songs I wrote in the Air Force. You got anything against the Air Force?

    Sam Phillips: No.

    Johnny Cash: I do.

  • Record Company Executive: Your fans are church folk, Johnny. Christians. They don't wanna hear you singing to a bunch of murderers and rapists, tryin' to cheer 'em up.

    Johnny Cash: [pause] Well, they're not Christians, then.

  • June Carter: [on stage w/John] We've got these people all revved up, John. Now c'mon, let's sing Jackson for 'em.

    Johnny Cash: You've got me all revved up. Now I've asked you forty different ways and it's time you come up with a fresh answer.

    June Carter: Please sing.

    Johnny Cash: I'm asking you to marry me. I love you, June. Now I know I said and done a lotta things, that I hurt you, but I promise, I'll never do that again. I only want to take care of you. I will not leave you like that dutch boy with your finger in the dam.

    June Carter: [shakes head]

    Johnny Cash: You're my best friend. Marry me.

    June Carter: [quietly] All right.

    Johnny Cash: Yeah?

    [They kiss & the crowd cheers]

  • Johnny Cash: It's all right, it just happened.

    June Carter: Just happened?

    Johnny Cash: Yeah.

    June Carter: You wear black 'cause you can't find anything else to wear? You found your sound 'cause you can't play no better? You just tried to kiss me because "it just happened?" You should try take credit for something every once in a while, John.

  • Johnny Cash: Aw, June, love's more important than the tour.

    June Carter: Is that right?

    Johnny Cash: Yes, it is.

    June Carter: Well, then start loving yourself, so we can go back to work.

  • Vivian Cash: You can't wear black. It looks like you're going to a funeral.

    Johnny Cash: Maybe I am...

  • Johnny Cash: Tell me you don't love me.

    June Carter: I don't love you.

    Johnny Cash: [grinning] You're a liar.

    June Carter: I guess you ain't go no problems then.


    June Carter: Y'all can't walk no line!

  • Johnny Cash: Now I've asked you forty different ways and it's time you come up with a fresh answer.

  • Johnny Cash: You're an angel.

    June Carter: No, I'm not.

    Johnny Cash: You've been there with me.

    June Carter: I had a friend who needed help. You're my friend.

    Johnny Cash: But I've done so many bad things.

    June Carter: You've done a few, that's true.

    Johnny Cash: My Daddy's right. It should have been me on that saw. Jack was so good. He would have done so many good things. What have I done? Just hurt everybody I know. I know I've hurt you. I'm nothin'.

    June Carter: You're not nothin'. You are not nothin'. You're a good man, and God has given you a second chance to make things right, John. This is your chance, honey.

  • Johnny Cash: You know what your problem is, June Carter? You are afraid to be in love, you are afraid of losing control, And you know what June Carter, I think you are afraid of livin' in my big fat shadow.

    June Carter: Oh really? Is that what my problem is?

    Johnny Cash: Yes.

    June Carter: My problem is that it's 2 A.M. My problem is I'm asleep. I'm on a tour bus with eight stinkin' men. Rule number one: Don't propose to a girl on a bus, you got that? Rule number two: Don't tell her it's because you had a bad dream.

    Johnny Cash: June.

    June Carter: What?

    Johnny Cash: Marry me.

    [June glares]

    Johnny Cash: Ok... Ok fine... but that's the last time i'm asking...

    June Carter: Well, good. I hate reruns.

  • Vivian Cash: Your mama was here. Your daddy too.

    Johnny Cash: Oh yeah. And what'd he say?

    Vivian Cash: He said now you won't have to work so hard to make people think you've been in jail.

  • June Carter: [Sees John eating peanuts] Can I have one?

    Johnny Cash: Yeah.

    [Takes a peanut out of the bag and holds it above June's mouth]

    Johnny Cash: Open your mouth...

    June Carter: [June opens her mouth, but John snatches it away and eats it]

    June Carter: John!

    Johnny Cash: I'm sorry, I'm sorry... here.

    [Takes another peanut out of the bag and holds it over June's mouth]

    Johnny Cash: Open your mouth... Open your mouth...

    June Carter: No... I don't trust you...

    Johnny Cash: Oh, June don't say that...

    June Carter: I don't...

    Johnny Cash: Yes, you do... now open your mouth...

    June Carter: [June opens her mouth, but John snatches away the peanut from her again]

    June Carter: [Playfully hits John] John, you are a mean man! You're a mean man, and I knew it... I knew it all along...

  • Johnny Cash: [Performing at Folsom Prison] Now, I'd like to remind you all that we're recording live, so you can't say "hell" or "shit" or anything like that!

  • Johnny Cash: See, June, they want to see us together.

    June Carter: All right, well, quit that clutchin' on me now and I'll sing with you, but you gotta quit clutchin' on me.

  • Johnny Cash: I want to marry you and I am telling you it's the time.

    June Carter: Well I'm telling you with 100 percent certainty that it is not the time. It's not about time, it's not the right time, it's not even quarter to the right time.

  • [repeated line]

    Johnny Cash: Hello, I'm Johnny Cash.

  • [last lines]

    Johnny Cash: Why don't you tell them about the flood? Tell 'em about how you made a boat out of the front door and got us all out of there. They'll like that.

    Carlene Carter: Tell us!

    Johnny Cash: Come on, tell 'em. You got to pull the string tight.

    Ray Cash: It was 1937; there was a flood...

  • June Carter: There's too many "if"s in that sentence.

    Johnny Cash: There's only one actually.


    Johnny Cash: There's only one "if" in that sentence, June!

    [looking at Jerry Lee]

    Johnny Cash: I-I thought it was a good point... I mean, there is only one.

  • [John and June on stage before an audience, away from mic]

    June Carter: John, I'm not gonna sing that song, it's inappropriate.

    [John signals to start music]

    June Carter: I recorded it with my ex-husband,

    [music starts]

    June Carter: and I'm not gonna sing it.

    Johnny Cash: There's no better way to put it behind you.

    June Carter: I'm not gonna do it!

    Johnny Cash: June, just sing.

    [John and June begin a duet]

  • June Carter: [after an argument] You are not allowed to speak to me. After that stunt you pulled on the bus, the only place you are allowed to speak to me is on stage. Do you understand?

    Johnny Cash: What'd I do?

    June Carter: Gee, I don't know. Why don't you ask your big, fat shadow?

  • Johnny Cash: Don't give me no rules. All I got are rules.

  • June Carter: You walked here all the way from Nashville?

    Johnny Cash: Yeah, well, walking is good for you...

  • Johnny Cash: Marry me, June.

    June Carter: Oh please, get up off your knees, you look pathetic.

  • Johnny Cash: [after collapsing on stage from a drug overdose] Fortunately I keep my feathers numbered for just such an emergency.

  • Johnny Cash: I think it's about time, June.

    June Carter: Time for what?

    Johnny Cash: For you and me... to get married.

    June Carter: Go to sleep, John.

  • Johnny Cash: [playing for the inmates at Folsom prison] Once in El Paso, I had this bag of... Oh... you heard about that? You been in El Paso, too? Well, anyways, I felt tough, you know?. Like I'd seen a thing or two, you know? Well, that was till a moment ago... 'cuz I got to tell you, my hat's off to you now, 'cuz I ain't never had to drink this yellow water you got here at Folsom!

  • Johnny Cash: You got a library in there June.

  • Waylon Jennings: I'm a long way from home/And so all alone/ Homesick like I never thought I'd be/ I'm a long way from home/Everything is wrong/Someone please watch...

    Johnny Cash: [while Waylon is still singing] June call?

    Waylon Jennings: over me.

    Johnny Cash: Waylon! Did June call?

  • Elvis Presley: Nice job out there, Cash!

    Jerry Lee Lewis: That's right, kiss his ass!

    Johnny Cash: Hey Jerry Lee, does your momma know you're out?

    Jerry Lee Lewis: [laughing] She knows.

  • Johnny Cash: Next time I ask you to marry me, I'm gonna come up with a different way.

  • Johnny Cash: The phone's dead.

    Waylon Jennings: Yeah. It's been turned off due to insufficient fundellations.

  • Johnny Cash: [looking at Vivian]


    Johnny Cash: I'm not the one you want babe, I'll only let you down.

  • Johnny Cash: So, where's your truck driver?

    June Carter: Stock car driver. And you'll be happy to know things aren't working out between the two of us.

    Johnny Cash: It doesn't make me happy! Well... maybe a little it does.

  • Vivian Cash: John, whats with the black? You look like you're goin' to a funeral!

    Johnny Cash: Maybe I am...

  • Rosanne Cash: Hey Daddy, you okay?

    Johnny Cash: Yeah honey, I'm fine. See you in the mornin'.

  • Johnny Cash: Looks like we're here.

    June Carter: Oh, thank goodness. Get me outta this car with all these boys.

  • Johnny Cash: You got something against the Air Force, Mr. Phillips?

    Sam Phillips: No...

    Johnny Cash: Well, I do.

  • Johnny Cash: [while singing while he's high on stage] Come on, man, play the fuckin' thing!

  • Johnny Cash: This one's for your warden!

  • Johnny Cash: You know, when I was in the service, I used to look at pictures of you. In magazines.

    June Carter: ...Oh?

    Johnny Cash: Oh, no. It's... It's not like that.

  • Johnny Cash: I'm really glad ya'll could be here today, especially you dad, glad you came. Not everybody's here. Jack's not here is he, huh? Where you been? That's what you said to me, remember? I was twelve years old and he got Jack's bloody clothes, and you asked where I'd been.

    Ray Cash: Well, where were you?

    Johnny Cash: Where were you?

  • Johnny Cash: June, that stuff will just work itself out.

    June Carter: No, it does not work itself out. People work it out for you and you think it works itself out.

  • Johnny Cash: You know when I was in the service... I used to look at pictures of you... you know, in magazines.

    June Carter: [pretending to be concerned] Oh.

    Johnny Cash: [with a pre-devised apology] No... Oh no, it wasn't like that. I mean, I... I liked your music, you know?

    June Carter: Yeah?

    Johnny Cash: Yeah... Oh yeah, I mean, you were, well, you are... I mean, l-I kept track of you. You and your family. I listened to your voice my whole life, you know? Me and my brother, Jack... we always listened to your songs. Like "Swallerin' Place."

    June Carter: Yeah...

    Johnny Cash: Yeah. We liked it when you'd sing one alone.

    June Carter: Well, you and Jack are the only ones.

    Johnny Cash: What do you mean?

    June Carter: I'm not really much of a singer, Johnny. I mean, I got a lot of personality, I got sass... I give it my all, but my sister Anita's really the one who's got the pipes.

    Johnny Cash: [averting his eyes] Well, who said that?

    June Carter: Everybody. My mama, my daddy. That's how come I learned to be funny... so I'd have something to offer.

  • Record Company Executive: [talking about the Opry] He's been banned for smashing out the footlights.

    Record Company Executive: If he smashes out lights at Folsom, they're gonna keep him there.

    Johnny Cash: [laughing]

  • Johnny Cash: Jerry Lee just sit your ass down.

  • Johnny Cash: It's funny, you know, because I haven't talked about Jack in a long time. After he passed I talked about him all the time. But I guess people grew tired of it... so I just stopped.

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