* "Bridge over Troubled Water".
* "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face". Love at first sight, re-visited in old age--and still just as moving as that first moment, when that other person brought light to "the dark and the endless sky". UpToEleven in Cash's case as he likely addressed the song to June, recording it not long before her death.
* "Personal Jesus". "Reach out and touch faith", indeed.
* "Look At Them Beans". A poor farmer dies. The next year his family is astounded when their land yields a huge crop. Corny, joyous and bittersweet all at the same time (the original version by Joe Tex, "Papa's Dream", is a little heavier on the bittersweet side, while Cash's is more joyous).
* "A Boy Named Sue", aside from the comedy, is at its heart a song about a man reconnecting with his father.
* "The Baron": An aging pool hustler is challenged to a game by a young man. During the game the old man realizes his challenger is the son he never knew he had. Not only that, but by the end of the game he is reunited with the mother. (It is strongly hinted that the young man orchestrated the entire thing to get his parents back together.) The story behind the song was so strong, it formed the basis of a movie, ''The Baron and the Kid'', starring Cash as the Baron and June Carter Cash as the mother.