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Johnny Cash Writes about Tipperary's Forty Shades of Green                                               

In 1959 when Johnny Cash was in Ireland he asked his Irish contacts if there was anywhere he could go to capture the true beauty of Ireland.   He was advised to go to the Vee Pass on the Knockmealdown mountains outside Clogheen in South Tipperary.  On his second last day in the country John Cash arranged for a car to take him to the famous Vee and it is widely believed in the locality that it was on this day as he stood looking out at the extraordinary valley that he started to compose  "Forty Shades of Green". Cash said afterwards that he was unable to get the memory of the beautiful valley between the Knockmealdown mountains and and the Galtee mountains out of his mind.  He completed the song in 1961. There has been much debate about who wrote this song and when. Cash gives two dates  1959 and 1961 - reflecting the time he started to write the song at The Vee and the year he recorded it. Listen to this Youtube video of the man himself stating that he wrote it in 1959 and then he responds to a friendly pantomime-like heckle from the audience and starts to sings with his family!!  
You can listen to the full song again on the video below in which he says 1961.  Lyrics are at the end of this page.

When you have watched the videos below, (including a terrific video of the Vee Road) visit the Clogheen website and read Bill O'Halloran's own emotional story of his visit to the Vee in Clogheen, County Tipperary.  

A section of the View from the Vee Road in South Tipperary (© Kay Caplice Photography)


Below: Jim Owers' wonderful Video of the Vee and the Knockmealdowns in County Tipperary shows why thousands visit here each year. As the Clogheen website says "A Valley so Soft and Green, it takes your Breath Away!"



Forty Shades of Green, (Cash)

I close my eyes and picture
The emerald of the sea
From the fishing boats at Dingle
To the shores of Dunadee.

I miss the river Shannon
And the folks at Skibbereen
The moorlands and the meadows
With their Forty Shades of Green.

But most of all I miss a girl
In Tipperary town
And most of all I miss her lips
As soft as eiderdown.

Again I want to see and do
The things we've done and seen
Where the breeze is sweet as Shalimar
And there's forty shades of green.

Johnny Cash - Forty Shades of Green -The Vee Pass - Knockmealdown Mountains - 
Clogheen, County Tipperary

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