Flesh and Blood (Johnny Cash song)

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"Flesh and Blood"
Single by Johnny Cash
from the album I Walk the Line
B-side "This Side of the Law"
Released October 1970
Genre Country
Length 2:39
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Johnny Cash
Producer(s) Bob Johnston
Johnny Cash singles chronology
"Sunday Morning Coming Down"
"Flesh and Blood"
"Big River"

"Flesh and Blood" is a 1970 single written and recorded by Johnny Cash and was featured in the film, I Walk the Line starring Gregory Peck (see: soundtrack album I Walk the Line). The song describes a man observing and interacting with nature, but noting that it is no substitute for a human partner; "flesh and blood needs flesh and blood." "Flesh and Blood" went to number one on the U.S. country singles chart for one week, spending a total of thirteen weeks on the chart.[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1970–1971) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[3] 54
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 41
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 23


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 75. 
  2. ^ "Johnny Cash – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Johnny Cash.
  3. ^ "Johnny Cash – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Johnny Cash.
Preceded by
"Rose Garden"
by Lynn Anderson
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

January 30, 1971
Succeeded by
by Dolly Parton
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

January 23-February 13, 1971
Succeeded by
"Rose Garden"
by Lynn Anderson