Johnny Cash made quite the impact with his Sun Records release “The Ways Of A Woman In Love.” One person that had his radio glued to those historic sounds coming out of 706 Union in Memphis was John Prine. “‘The Ways Of A Woman In Love’ has always been one of my fave Johnny Cash songs since I was a kid,” said the esteemed singer-songwriter of the 1958 classic, penned by Bill Justus and the “Silver Fox,” Charlie Rich. “It’s my go-to song when I tune my guitar. I especially like the first line of the song…’You cut out you’re dancin’ and never see a show.’”
Now, six decades after Cash recorded the song, Prine has recorded his own version – which was recently added to the Amazon Original playlist Love Me, which made its premiere earlier this month. Billboard is excited to bring you an exclusive video for the song directed by Josh Britt and Neilson Hubbard from the company Neighborhoods Apart. “We loved the simplicity and honesty of John’s version of this song,” said Britt. “We wanted to match that sentiment visually. The box head worked well because it created a unique and isolated universe to tell the story of a man who pines over the girl he no longer has. We got lucky that they were blowing up the old Lifeway building in Nashville during filming, which was a perfect metaphor for a man’s world crumbling around him. We wanted the video to have some tenderness and humor about it. It made John laugh when we showed it to him, so we knew we were on the right track.”
Prine will release a new album, The Tree of Forgiveness, April 13 on his own independent label, Oh Boy Records. The set is produced by Grammy winner Dave Cobb, and is his first LP of all-new material since 2005’s Fair & Square.