What Is Truth (song)

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"What Is Truth"
Single by Johnny Cash
B-side "Sing a Traveling Song"
Released February 1970
Genre Country
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash singles chronology
"Rock Island Line"
(1970)
"What Is Truth"
(1970)
"Sunday Morning Coming Down"
(1970)

"What Is Truth" is a single by American country music artist Johnny Cash released in February 1970. Generally viewed as a protest song, a rarity in country music at the time, the simple criticism of the Vietnam War, and war in general, as well as the stereotypical view of many politically liberal hippies made the song a major crossover hit. The song peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles. It also became Cash's 12th Top 40 single on the Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 19, and his 2nd Top 10 single on the Adult Contemporary chart, peaking at Number 4.[1] It also reached number 1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 19
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening 4
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 9
U.K. Singles Chart 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Johnny Cash singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "RPM Country Singles for June 6, 1970". RPM. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
Preceded by
"Big Joe Mufferaw"
by Stompin' Tom Connors
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

June 6-June 20, 1970
Succeeded by
"Street Singer"
by Merle Haggard