Did Johnny Cash write the greatest love letter of all time? 19



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Married on the 1st of March, 1968, Johnny Cash and June Carter are one of country music’s most influential couples.

They met backstage at the Grand Ole Opry in 1956, when June was singing backup for Elvis Presley. It is reported that Cash proposed several times before Carter finally said yes in front of 7,000 fans at a live show in 1968.

Married for 35 years they are one of the greatest love stories in entertainment, with the the movie Walk the Line capturing their journey.

In 1994 Johnny wrote June a love letter for her 65th birthday, which has been voted the greatest love letter of all time!

“Happy Birthday Princess, 

We get old and get used to each other. We think alike. We read each others minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted. 

But once in a while, like today, I meditate on it and realise how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much.

Happy Birthday Princess.


Have you written or received a love letter?

View the original letter in the tweet picture below:

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  1. I will confess that my lovely husband writes me poetry. He writes them in cards and I have a special box where I keep them. He is the love of my life and I thank god everyday that I met him.

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  2. Interestingly, women don’t write love songs, in between getting the kids to school, doing the shopping, the cooking bla bla bla.

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    • I couldn’t write poetry, love letters or songs if my life depended on it. I wish I was that creative. lol

  3. When my husband and I were dating, he would leave a note and flower on my desk at work each day. He was a teacher then, and taught the floor above, I was Admin officer for teachers, and the lunch room was on my floor, so he would sneak in each morning and leave the notes. We have been married 25 years next month and I still have the notes in a crystal vase on my duchess. They are precious to me as he is today.

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