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Social Distortion — Ring Of Fire
Album: Social Distortion
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Released: 1990
Length: 3:46
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Love is a burning thing
And it makes a fiery ring
Bound by one desire
I fell into a, a ring of fire

I fell into a burnin' ring of fire
I went down down down
And the flames went higher
And it burn burn burns
That ring of fire
That ring of fire

The taste of love is sweet
When hearts like ours meet
I fell for ya, like a child
Oh, let the fire burn wild

I fell into a burnin' ring of fire
I went down down down
And the flames went higher
And it burns burn burns
That ring of fire
That ring of fire

''Let it burn!''

I fell into a burnin' ring of fire
I went down down down
And the flames went higher
And it burns burn burns
That ring of fire
That ring of fire

The taste of love is sweet
When hearts like ours meet
I fell for ya, like a child
Oh, let the fire burn wild

I fell into a burnin' ring of fire
I went down down down
And the flames went higher
And it burns burn burns
That ring of fire
That ring of fire

''One more time!''

I fell into a burnin' ring of fire
I went down down down
And the flames went higher
And it burns burn burns
That ring of fire
That ring of fire

That ring of fire
That ring of fire
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Appropriate song right now as 50 active wildfires here in Oregon have consumed nearly half a million acres, with a lot of homes and communities sadly destroyed. 
I misread Social Distortion as Social Distancing, and thought of the efficiency of having a ring of fire as your personal space boundary. Sad times indeed!

Alternatively as a student I recall putting this song on the jukebox as a friend came into the pub - he was suffering the after-effects of a dodgy curry the night before and did not share our amusement...   
Better than the original!!! ducks and runs away........
This'll be after a boozy night topped off with a bastard hot Vindaloo. Ring of fire, right enough :(

This beats the crap out of Cash's original. It's rock not C&W.
Brilliant rendition! 
Where’s my bong
As someone who lives in Northern California and who is literally surrounded by fires to the East and West, this song takes on a new meaning.
Give me the original. 
Great transition from "Boy named Sue" by Cash (June and Johnny)...Genius, Bill and Rebecca!  And even Chuck Berry's "Maybellene" before that.
 thewiseking wrote:
This pales next to Wall of Voodoos version
 I  found it on youtube, I gotta admit it's really good. Stan Ridgway gives it a whole different vibe - but maintains that 'out of control' essence.

I bet Mr. Cash approved.
c.

Thank God for PSD!
 skimbrie wrote:
Long story. My daughter and I were on a nine hour drive from Reykjavik to Husavik in Iceland. We were well into it when this song came up on my playlist.

She said, "Skip that one."

I said, "Why, I kind of like it.".

She said, "No one should cover Johnny Cash."

Right then I knew I had raised her right.
 

My first thought was, "Is Iceland big enough for two places to be 9 hours apart?" So I used Google Maps, and it says Reykjavik to Husavik is 5 hours and 35 minutes, which is still a longer drive than I expected, but also considerably shorter than 9 hours. Were you travelling by dog sled or something? :)
 cosmiclint wrote:


You would think Randy Travis would know this is a June Carter Cash song which her husband covered.
 
I'm with RT on his say about it. Destroyed this song altogether. Shoulda done a cover of a similar to themselves band cover! NOT the Man in Black!!
 cosmiclint wrote:


You would think Randy Travis would know this is a June Carter Cash song which her husband covered.
 
Either way,  SD just mangles this awesome classic.
 xcranky_yankee wrote:
Why Not? Johnny Cash did some odd covers in his time. Almost sounded like the Pogues who I miss...
 And I'd bet Cash's covers were a helluva lot better than the  massive discombobulated mess these distorted socials are doing to such a fine classic!!
The Obvious Child/Paul Simon --> Round And Round/Louis Prima --> The Nutcracker/Tchaikovsky --> Ring of Fire/Social Distortion. Bill is the GOD of jaw dropping transitions. 
 skimbrie wrote:
Long story. My daughter and I were on a nine hour drive from Reykjavik to Husavik in Iceland. We were well into it when this song came up on my playlist.

She said, "Skip that one."

I said, "Why, I kind of like it.".

She said, "No one should cover Johnny Cash."

Right then I knew I had raised her right.
 
Absolutely!! SD doesn't do the "Man In Black" any justice with this. 
Bill preceded this track with the Chinese Dance from the Nutcracker suite. That piece is in the key of B-flat. This track is in the key of B-flat. Beyond that, I don’t see the relationship between ballet and punk. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Bill played “The
 pawelcitak83 wrote:
The best cover ever. Keeps my head bangin and I want to kill every coronavirus instance.
 

To kill every coronavirus instance.

Look for white trash with a MAGA cap and an American flag demanding their right to infect everyone 
... shoot straight

This ought to be followed by Brian Briggs  "Going' Out Of My Head"
The best snarl in rock n roll... fabulous cover
 Svetty wrote:
Just no!
 Just YES!
This is maybe the only cover of the song I like. They captured the manic energy of Johnny and June's illicit affair, burning out of control.
c.

Why Not? Johnny Cash did some odd covers in his time. Almost sounded like the Pogues who I miss...
 psmccarthy.ncba880 wrote:
Several years ago I was watching American Idol with my daughter (her favorite show....I suffered through it for bonding reasons) and this flamboyant young male singer with painted hair, makeup, and goth leather clothes did a weird erotic version of ROF which I found to be interesting and compelling. I lauded him for it in spite of the cheeky sacrilege. But the best part was that one of the judges was none other than country legend Randy Travis who was demonstrably appalled by it and responded in a mixed emotion of disgust and disbelief "Why would anyone do that to a Johnny Cash song?"
 

You would think Randy Travis would know this is a June Carter Cash song which her husband covered.
Just no!
 skimbrie wrote:
Long story. My daughter and I were on a nine hour drive from Reykjavik to Husavik in Iceland. We were well into it when this song came up on my playlist.

She said, "Skip that one."

I said, "Why, I kind of like it.".

She said, "No one should cover Johnny Cash."

Right then I knew I had raised her right.
 

There ya go.  Nicely done !
Incredible! The Johnny Cash version is such a dirge - this at least has demonic life!!
The best cover ever. Keeps my head bangin and I want to kill every coronavirus instance.
Several years ago I was watching American Idol with my daughter (her favorite show....I suffered through it for bonding reasons) and this flamboyant young male singer with painted hair, makeup, and goth leather clothes did a weird erotic version of ROF which I found to be interesting and compelling. I lauded him for it in spite of the cheeky sacrilege. But the best part was that one of the judges was none other than country legend Randy Travis who was demonstrably appalled by it and responded in a mixed emotion of disgust and disbelief "Why would anyone do that to a Johnny Cash song?"
yes sir I do like it.  SD is an  #rse kicking band. And Mike Ness in his other stuff
More. Social. Distortion.
Long story. My daughter and I were on a nine hour drive from Reykjavik to Husavik in Iceland. We were well into it when this song came up on my playlist.

She said, "Skip that one."

I said, "Why, I kind of like it.".

She said, "No one should cover Johnny Cash."

Right then I knew I had raised her right.
Nice following J. Cash with this. way cool.
the pick scrape down the neck of the guitar, what is that called?, works great here.

 
(anonymous) wrote:


This cover is incredible... absolutely incredible...  love it...


 

Social D of the OC!  An all time fave!
 thewiseking wrote:
This pales next to Wall of Voodoos version
 
I agree, but feel neither has enough 'edge' to it. I think I'd like to hear Metallica do a version.
What a deadly boring  wannabe-punk-cover
great old friends of mine loved this band I never liked the singer's voice.
20 years on and his voice now sounds pretty cool to me.
His voice is distinctive, and I doubt he's mimicking anyone else.
Fun cover, but I think the singer could add some intensity to match the guitar.
this song reminds of when me and my gramma used to jump fences in socal to skate pools,laugh and vert out for hours.good times,thank you gramma and social distortion too i guess.
Getting bored with the alt-this and alt-that genres. I needed this. Thanks Bill
It rocks punk
Cool Cover
 kelo wrote:
Will all my respect: Why this song in RP?
 
Because Bill / Rebecca want to play it ... it's their station
This is a great cover.  It is really hard to screw up this song.  
This pales next to Wall of Voodoos version
much better than a polar vortex
Hot cover. Let it rip. 
Seeing them play this live is an experience not to be missed.
I love Bill's cover of great covers! I thought of the scene in the Blues brothers in the bar. This could been their second cover. going for 9er on this one.
 kelo wrote:
Will all my respect: Why this song in RP?
 

Because it’s a great interpretation of a classic song.  Better than the original, IMHO. 


Not a bad cover but "When She Begins" is a much better SD song.

 
Love this cover song and this album cover as much as titties and beer...


 Stingray wrote:
YEAH - supercool cover.

AGREE!!
 

I be the holy ghost of big stud Romeo Tuma...  hope you be having a marvelous September in 2013, Stingray...

everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all over the world...  love this cover...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll... 
 romeotuma wrote:


I love this song soooo much, and this cover is incredibly cool...

 
 

YEAH - supercool cover.

AGREE!!
"VIBRATORS" are classes better!

PUNK forever!!!
Go June.


This is a perfect cover...  soooo profound...  love it...


Will all my respect: Why this song in RP?
Wow.  It burns.  It really burns. 


excellent...

 
 Sjaaks wrote:
I don't hear it:

- The drums are just a looped set.
- The guitar is a looped set of down-up-down-up-down-up stroked powerchords.
- The singer is horrible
I can imagine you like Social Distortion but this song just plain sucks and misses everything that involves quality...

2
 
Yep.
I can imagine this song totally rockin, but this ain't it. It wants to be it, but it ain't. 
Punkabilly at its best!!!



I love this song soooo much, and this cover is incredibly cool...

 
I expected to hate this, but I was wrong. I suspect Johnny would have liked it, too.
Love it!! Not going to win any awards for musical originality or dexterity but who cares!  Almost prefer it to the JC version....



This cover is incredible... absolutely incredible...  love it...


I don't hear it:

- The drums are just a looped set.
- The guitar is a looped set of down-up-down-up-down-up stroked powerchords.
- The singer is horrible
I can imagine you like Social Distortion but this song just plain sucks and misses everything that involves quality...

2
Muted at the point he said, "one more time."
No accounting for my own tastes. I like it! For a music snob like myself, this is almost a declaration of civil war. {#War}
A great band, thanks RP!
 gonzafr wrote:
All wee need now is 'Wall of Voodoo' version!
 
Yes! Yes! Yes!!! Now THAT is a cover worthy of playing...

Love this version. I'm guessing JR liked it too.
Yamson wrote:
:guitarist: :drummer: :guitarist: :fire: :fire: :fire:
'nuff said.
Um, no....
iTuner wrote:
Good God, please leave this song to Mr. Cash. Way to kill a great song.
Agree! :frustrated:
iTuner wrote:
Good God, please leave this song to Mr. Cash. Way to kill a great song.
I Completely agree. Good. God. no one will ever do Johnny Cash as well as Johnny Cash.
Johhny Cash's redheaded stepchild.
Uhhhh... no. Next please!
Love it.
This is a perfectly awful cover of a great song. :sorry:
WHAAAT??? This is a great cover iTuner wrote:
Good God, please leave this song to Mr. Cash. Way to kill a great song.
Good God, please leave this song to Mr. Cash. Way to kill a great song.
MrsAustin wrote:
What a shame there are not more Social D fans here! They are great rockabilly punk. Mike Ness is so ugly he's handsome- one of the better shows I have ever seen. *Where's my emoticon of a dancing skeleton smoking a cigarette?*
Here's one, I'm a fan!! And I think Mike Ness is hot :hearteyes:
Social D has done an excellent job merging traditional country with punk/rockabilly/alternative. SD lead singer Mike Ness has a great album called "under the influences" in which he covers/tributes the traditional country songs that influenced his development as a musician--but with the Social D flair. Very well done. Very respectfully done.
What a shame there are not more Social D fans here! They are great rockabilly punk. Mike Ness is so ugly he's handsome- one of the better shows I have ever seen. *Where's my emoticon of a dancing skeleton smoking a cigarette?*
:guitarist: :drummer: :guitarist: :fire: :fire: :fire:
Though some cover songs are nothing more than lame karaoke, this one definately has SD's signature.
not too many social d fans here. goin against the flow here...dig the band, dig the tune.
Kagin wrote:
Prefer the master -- the Man in Black....
Totally agree! :puke: this one is awful! :puke:
This music has no real depth or talent to it. I'm not enchantred by his voice. I don't like covers. it's very repetitive.
goddamn this is awful. the wall of voodoo version was awesome though. i once saw an 80s porn film which used it for a girl on girl campfire scene. killer.
I have no idea if that made it over the atlantic, but the H-Blockx had quite a success with a cover of this song here in Europe a few years ago...
All wee need now is 'Wall of Voodoo' version!
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Prefer the master -- the Man in Black....
too melodic for punk id say
ABanana224 wrote:
While this thrashes a bit, I think it lacks any real emotion. I think this song should either be happy, sad or really pissed off. This cover expresses none of the above for me. Weak. I give it a 2. blech. pooey.
The instrumental part is terrific. It's just too bad the vocalists couldn't have laid off the 'ludes for just one day.
While this thrashes a bit, I think it lacks any real emotion. I think this song should either be happy, sad or really pissed off. This cover expresses none of the above for me. Weak. I give it a 2. blech. pooey.
Platypus wrote:
Johnny Cash version... goooooooooood. Social D cover version (and Social D in general)... baaaaaaaaaaad.
i must say i am in total agreement :nodhead:
ANY version of this song still makes me laugh -- I just can't help running a fantasy Hemorroids commercial out of my head while this is playing.
:drummer: :guitarist: :music:
Cdog wrote:
Same follow-up tonight (and no complaints!). The Cash contrast to the Depeche Mode original barely sets in before Social Distortion turns up the "fire" on the Cash original. Excellent juxtaposition!
Fantastic.
A bit like chewing aluminium foil - but it sort of grows on you. :propeller.gif:
Johnny Cash version... goooooooooood. Social D cover version (and Social D in general)... baaaaaaaaaaad.
I hurt my ears today ... :headshake:
SuperWeh wrote:
didn't dick dale do this song as well?
Yes, on one of his late 90's releases.
nice.......
KICK ASS!
Hey, ring of fire. This is the song you guys were talking about, huh... It sucks, it really does guys, is the roof on fire? :moon:
didn\'t dick dale do this song as well?
originally posted by friedslacks: nice! you followed johnny cash's cover of "personal jesus" with sc's cover of "ring of fire". nice thinkin' ... then, if that wasn't enough- the the doin' "i saw the light" is that a campfire burning or something else?
:lol: :lol:
Covers are OK .... but you should at least get the pronunciation right ... \"ring of farrrrrr\" :??:
Social D! Excellent! Thanks. Good ol\' Mike Ness. Wall of Voodoo has a really different take on this Cash classic. It would be cool to hear that sometime too!
Now, I would just like to say, that now we are gettin' somewhere. :cool:
NICE!!! This, on the heels of The Man in Black doing a cover, is why I listen. Clever.
Proof of my thesis: You need a melody (even a bad one) to have a good song. Having a strong beat doesn\'t hurt.
Originally Posted by friedslacks: Nice! You followed Johnny Cash's cover of "Personal Jesus" with SC's cover of "Ring of Fire". Nice thinkin' ... Then, if that wasn't enough- The The doin' "I Saw the Light" Is that a campfire burning or something else?
Same follow-up tonight (and no complaints!). The Cash contrast to the Depeche Mode original barely sets in before Social Distortion turns up the "fire" on the Cash original. Excellent juxtaposition!
Nice! You followed Johnny Cash\'s cover of \"Personal Jesus\" with SC\'s cover of \"Ring of Fire\". Nice thinkin\' ... Then, if that wasn\'t enough- The The doin\' \"I Saw the Light\" Is that a campfire burning or something else?