The Wildwood Flower

Heads or Tails is a weekly meme hosted by Skittles at Heads or Tails.

Theme for Tuesday, June 10, 2008: Heads~Flower

The Wildwood Flower

Johnny Cash and his MIL Mother Maybelle Carter

The Wildwood Flower


Well those cotton fields were hot
And that tractor never was my kind of living
And when I hit sixteen
I had my size and I hit the road to freedom
And I’m glad I wasn’t there
To hear my momma cause you know she cried for hours
I still hear her saying to me
It’s your guitar and pick The Wildwood Flower

Now Memphis was big
And it was hard to find a job and so I didn’t
And It was easier to go back to the country
And that was more like living
Now I’ve been down every road
And I’ve stood on every porch where they were giving
And if they had a dime or an hour
I’d try to pick The Wildwood Flower

Now it’s hard to turn around
And look back down that long road I just traveled
Cause like a neverending ball of twine
My dreams have come unravelled
Now as evening lays its shawl
Across the shoulders of my life I’d find
I couldn’t tie my life together
With guitar strings and a poet’s heart filled life

And I’m glad I wasn’t there
To hear my momma cause I know she cried for hours
I still hear her saying to me
It’s your guitar and pick The Wildwood Flower

34 Responses

  1. Now that is one I have not heard in awhile! You rock at finding these songs lady!

  2. I wasn’t a big fan of Johnny Cash when I was growing up. Then a few years ago I saw the movie Walk The Line.. and all that changed. Now I can’t get enough of him. Thanks for posting this wonderful video. πŸ™‚

  3. hmm… i never hear this song either πŸ˜€

    thanks for drop at my post.

  4. great vid. hey great that you posted the lyrics too.
    Very good take on the theme πŸ™‚

    Thanks for stopping by my HoTs too x

  5. Awesome HOT entry!

    Happy HOT day! My entry is here:

    My Life In The Urban Zoo


  7. Cool! πŸ™‚

  8. I grew up listening to country music so I was familiar with this song. I enjoyed it.

  9. Oh wow…..what memories this brings for me! I always stopped and listened whenever that man would come on the radio [I know, that kinda ages me doesn’t it?]

    My H o T is shared now, hope you can stop by. I’m hoping it’s unique this week. :o)

  10. I have never heard this either, ‘cuz growing up it was ROCK & ROLL!

    Great video. I loved it.

  11. I love Johnny Cash! Great find! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing!! πŸ™‚

  12. That was so cool. I love the history behind the older musicians.

  13. I will admit that I never listened to Johnny Cash until I somehow heard his cover of “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails (not one of my favorite bands — #204, according to — but something I put on from time to time), which I thought was amazing. I believe it was one of the last things Johnny Cash ever released.

  14. Another great musical entry.

    Have a great week.

  15. its the first time i heard this song.

    you can see my flowers here!


  16. Ahh, the good ol’ songs. I am not a country music fan, but that’s because I don’t like the contemporary stuff. The classics… *sigh*… That’s where it’s at.


  17. How very cool! I haven’t seen this video before – thanks for sharing!

  18. I never heard this before.

    I never really cared much for Johnny Cash, until I saw Walk the Line. I still don’t go out of my way to listen to his music, but I enjoy it more.

  19. I’ve always liked Johnny Cash, even though much of his music was dark. This is one of his happier songs. Several people commented about Walk the Line….I loved that movie too.

  20. Now that is very creative take on the theme…good for you…I have never seen this…it was very entertaining…..the more I see old footage of Johnny Cash the more I enjoy his music….

  21. Poor Hubby would love this! πŸ™‚

  22. I’ve never heard that one. I miss good ol’ country!

  23. What a great take for this week!

    That dress Mother Maybelle is wearing is just priceless.

  24. I’d never heard this, but what a perfect pick for the theme. I love the lyrics.

  25. Great video, hugs to you!

  26. I’ve never heard that song before but I really thought it was cool. It was a great clip and you could see the affection between Johnny Cash and his Mother in Law.

  27. Very kewl idea for today’s HoTs theme! Thanks for sharing … and for stopping by mine at Small Reflections earlier.
    Hugs and blessings,

  28. Great take on theme.
    Thank you for posting the words because I only have dial up were I live and something takes every in day to load.

  29. cool song, good idea – gotta love ol’ johnnie. great Hot

  30. that is soooo awesome…
    i’m glad you “picked the Wildwood Flower” πŸ™‚

  31. Skittles wanted us to think outside the box, and I think you definitely did that with this week’s theme – flower. Nice job.

    Thank you for visiting me. I live in Tn. also. What part of Tn. do you live in?

  32. I live in Goodlettsville. In case you don’t know where that is, it is 12 miles north of downtown Nashville going toward Louisville.

    I have a niece living in Tullahoma and has been for years. Her name is Brenda Gilbert. It would be a small world if you happen to know her.

  33. Loved this entry, never heard the song before , but it evoked all sorts of thoughts and memories.

  34. wow – never heard that beautiful song before. thanks so much!

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