* AdaptationDisplacement: [[Music/NineInchNails Trent Reznor]] recounts the feeling at hearing Cash's rendition of Hurt as being like losing a girlfriend, since the song now belongs to Johnny Cash.
* CoveredUp:
** Believe it or not, Cash didn't write "Ring of Fire" or "A Boy Named Sue." The latter's true writer may come as a shock to some--it was none other than Creator/ShelSilverstein.
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with "Tennessee Flat Top Box." Cash's version went to #11 in the sixties, and his daughter, Rosanne, took a cover to #1 in 1988. Rosanne honestly didn't know that her father wrote the song.
** Of all people, ''Music/RayStevens'' released "Sunday Morning Coming Down" before Johnny did.
** His cover of the Music/NineInchNails song "Hurt," is also usually more recognized than the original, to the point where many books [[CowboyBebopAtHisComputer have incorrectly attributed "Hurt" to Cash]] and believe his recording is [[NewerThanTheyThink far older than its 2002 release]]. Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor wrote the song and recorded it in 1994. The confusion is mostly created by wrongheaded journalists who can't believe that [[SmallReferencePools Cash would record a song by an industrial band]], when such covers [[PlayingAgainstType were one of the main features]] of his ''American Recordings'' albums.
*** Even Trent Reznor acknowledges that Cash's version was like "I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn't mine anymore..." after hearing it for the first time.
** Johnny's cover of Sheryl Crow's Redemption Day seems to be the more popular version.
** "I Hung My Head" was originally {{Sting}}, but few people have even heard of the original.
** "Cocaine Blues" is a case of [[CoveredUp Covering Up]] a CoveredUp song. The original was recorded in 1947 by W.A. Nichols' Rhythm Aces, then [[AwesomeMcCoolName Roy Hogsed]] had a [[CountryMusic country]] hit with it one year later.
* DorkAge: 1971-1994, the period between the end of ''The Johnny Cash Show'' and ''American Recordings''. Cash ''did'' release some grade A material during this period, but between various religious pursuits on one hand, and occasional relapses into substance abuse on the other, he wasn't always focused on music and the quality of his recordings became more erratic.
* HilariousInHindsight: In "Katy Too", one of the [[ReallyGetsAround many women]] Johnny is foolin' around with is... Sue!
* NightmareFuel: The LastNoteNightmare at the end of "The Man Comes Around."
--> [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts]],
--> [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt And I looked and behold, a pale horse]]:
--> '''[[TheGrimReaper And his name that sat on him was Death]], [[TheLegionsOfHell and Hell followed with him]].'''
* SignatureSong: Arguably it's "I Walk the Line," "Folsom Prison Blues," "Ring of Fire," or "Hurt".
** "A Boy Named Sue" as well, and "God's Gonna Cut You Down" is on the fringe of being one.
** Lest we forget; "Man in Black".
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