“Hey Porter” along with “Cry! Cry! Cry!” and “Ring of fire” were songs made famous by singer and songwriter Johnny R. Cash ( Johnny Cash).Johnny Cash was born on February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas along with his six siblings to Ray and Carrie Rivers Cash. However, Mr. Cash and his siblings did not stay in Arkansas very long, and relocated with his parents under the new Roosevelt farm program to Dyess Colony in northwest Arkansas (Silva, 2017). After the move to Dyess Colony, Mr. Cash farmed cotton and other seasonal crops on 20 acres alongside his family (Johnny Cash, N.D).
At first a boy who is afraid of his own shadow, Johnny turns into a gallant hero that risked his life to save children. At the beginning of the novel, Johnny lacked confidence and self-esteem. At times he thought about attempting suicide. S.E. Hinton describes Johnny as, “A little dark puppy that has been kicked too many times and lost his crowd of strangers” (11).
To earn money, Bessie and her brother became street performers, with her dancing and singing and him playing the guitar. In 1912, Bessie performed with Ma Rainey and became a dancer in a theatre and eventually starting singing in different places. Bessie Smith was married two times in her life. She first married Earl Love in 1920 and he died a year later. In 1923 on June 7, Bessie Smith married Jack Gee, a security guard.
After Johnny had killed Bob, and they ran away, Johnny says something to Ponyboy in the church that surprises him. After Johnny left to get supplies, he says, “We’re gonna cut our hair, and your gonna bleach yours.” (71) Johnny saying this, shows that he is starting to take action after what had happened at the park. It shows that reality is hitting Johnny, and this actually makes him slightly tougher in a way. Johnny, being a shy person usually doesn’t take action to solve the problem at han, but by doing this, it shows he is less soft and more hardy than we thought. After that, Ponyboy finds himself in a situation that he personally can’t back out of.
Johnny left Ponyboy a note in the book that they read together in the church. Part of the note read, “Listen, I don’t mind dying now. It’s worth it. It’s worth saving those kids. Their lives are worth more than mine, they have more to live for for” (178).
For example, Johnny killed Bob and then ran away. On page 56, paragraph 4, Johnny says, “I killed him,”. That proves that Johnny killed Bob. Ponyboy was a witness and ran away with Johnny, but never told the police that. On page 57, paragraph 3, Ponyboy says to Johnny, “You really killed him, huh, Johnny?’.
Tim O’Brien used his friends and loved ones to show that death is not the end of someone. Wallace Stevens uses his poem to show how life goes on after death. Johnny Cash uses a song to show how people are remembered. As long as there is the memory of someone they are never gone. A person’s story is what keeps them alive years after they are gone.
The song I chose is called “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash and the topic of this song is love. The theme of the song argues about love and how it can make our lives for the better or for the worst. The song starts out with “Love is a burnin' thing”, throughout the progression of the song, Johnny Cash talks about how love can burn. The song talks about how the artist, Johnny Cash fell into the “Ring of Fire” which represents love and how it can burn to be in a failing relationship. The song then goes on and says how the “flames got higher” which represents how love can turn for the worst and how it can only get worse.