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Ring of Fire extinguished on American Idol

Adam Lambert's interpretation of Ring of Fire failed to capture the essence of the song June Carter wrote during her agonizing struggle over falling in love with a man comsumed by drug and alcohol addictions. Carter co-wrote the song with Merle Kilgore as an expression of the conflict she experienced when faced with the decision to marry Johnny Cash.

Johnny Cash credited his marriage to June Carter, four years after Ring of Fire became his biggest career hit, with facilitating his recovery from addictions. Cash's daughter, Rosanne stated that, "The song is about the transformative power of love and that's what it has always meant to me and that's what it will always mean to the Cash children." (Wikipedia)

Although Lambert's interpretation did stir emotion from the audience the true essence of desire, passion and conflict fizzled. Perhaps if Lambert had researched the background of the song and had offered a modern spin on the battles of heart and reason his version might have been more honest and less exploitive.

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