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Thread #3941   Message #2649270
Posted By: Brakn
05-Jun-09 - 03:07 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Forty Shades of Green (Johnny Cash)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 40 Shades of Green (Johnny Cash)
I found this on a thread from a couple of years ago, posted by a Guest.

(See thread)

"I'm sorry to say that I DO NOT think that Johnny Cash actually wrote the song Forty Shades of Green. Everywhere I look it says the idea came to him while he was flying over Ireland...but it didn't. I know the man who actually wrote that song. There was a man in Ireland, Father Patrick Coughlin, who would write songs and then sing them at local pubs. One day he sang that song at a pub where the right person heard it and he either gave johnny Cash the song or he stole it (not like he would have wanted the royalties for it..that's not who he was)...either way Johnny Cash did not actually write that song. My great Uncle Paddy did and that story has been told and will continue to be told by everyone who knew and/or is related to this wonderful man and I thought it should be said for everyone to see...."