Ein Auszug aus Johnny Cashs Autobiografie "Cash" von 1997:
"So right at the beginning here, I'm going to take stock of my blessings and tell you what I'm thankful for. It always puts things in perspective.
I'm thankful for a pair of shoes that really feel good on my feet; I like my shoes. I'm thankful for the birds; I feel like they're singing just for me when I get up in the morning. [...] And that first ray of sunshine; I'm thankful for living through the night to see it. I'm thankful I don't have a terminal disease, that I'm in fairly good health, that I can get up in the morning and walk down and have breakfast, then walk along the jungle trails and smell the flowers - the jasmine, the love vines, the orchids.
I'm thankful that I have a good wife beside me, that I can trust her and depend on her in a lot of ways. I'm thankful she's a soul mate, that we can talk to each other sometimes without even speaking and have an understanding on a lot of things. I'm thankful she loves my children. I'm thankful I don't have rambling on my mind, that I'm not thinking about other women, so long as I keep my heart and mind together.
I'm thankful I don't have a passion for cars, like so many entertainers who blow all their money that way. My car is almost nine years old and I have no intention of trading it in. I'm thankful that money is not my god, that for me it's a means to an end.
I'm thankful for my family, thankful for daughters and grandchildren and a son who love me, and thankful that their love is unconditional. I have a lot of good friends, and I'm thankful for them, too.
I'm thankful for my gift (my mother always called my voice "the gift" ) and that even though I haven't written a song in quite a while, I've got a bunch of them raising Cain in my brain, wanting to be laid down on paper.
I'm thankful I'm not the ugliest man in the world, that I'm not all that ashamed to go on stage and face a crowd. I'm no picture, but if I were as ugly as some I've seen on stage, I wouldn't go. I'm not talking about physical appearances especially, but ugly souls.
I'm thankful for the sea breeze that feels so good right now, and the scent of jasmine when the sun starts going down. I'm a happy man."