Forty Shades of Green

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"Forty Shades of Green"
Single by Johnny Cash
from the album Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash
A-side "The Rebel - Johnny Yuma"
Released April 1961
Genre Folk
Length 2:54
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Johnny Cash
Producer(s) Don Law, Frank Jones

"Forty Shades of Green" is a song about Ireland, written and first performed by American country singer Johnny Cash. Cash wrote the song in 1959 while on a trip to Ireland; it was first released as a B-side of the song "The Rebel–Johnny Yuma" in 1961. It is also included in two of Cash's albums: Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records in 1963, and Johnny Cash: The Great Lost Performance – Live at the Paramount Theatre, Asbury Park, New Jersey, recorded live in 1990 and released in 2007.

Cash once recalled performing the song in Ireland and being told by an old man afterwards that it must have been an old Irish folk tune.[1]

"Forty Shades of Green" has also been recorded by Daniel O'Donnell, Foster and Allen, and Ruby Murray, among others.

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  1. ^ "The Appalachians: Filming with Johnny Cash". Sierra Club. Archived from the original on 3 June 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2014.