Several years later, Cash married Carter and, presumably, was surprised to learn that "that song" had in fact been written for him.
(In 2004, the Cash family blocked an attempt by advertisers to use the classic song -- in an advertising campaign promoting haemorrhoid-relief products!)
["I first laid eyes on June Carter when I was eighteen, on a Dyess High School senior class trip to the Grand Ole Opry," Cash once recalled. "I liked what I heard of her on the radio, and I really liked what I saw of her from the balcony at the Ryman Auditorium. The next time I saw her was six years later again at the Opry, but this time backstage, because by then I was a performer too. I walked over to her and came right out with it: 'You and I are going to get married some day.'"]
[Johnny Cash struggled with addiction and suicide (in 1967, he crawled into a cave in the Tennessee mountains planning to die). He later paid tribute to June Carter's "lifelong dedication to cleaning me up."]