“Seven Year Ache” is a song by American singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash, released in 1981. The song is about the struggles and challenges of a long-term relationship. The “seven year ache” refers to the feeling of restlessness or dissatisfaction that can arise after being with someone for a significant amount of time. The lyrics describe the tension and conflict that can occur in a relationship as well as the desire for independence and freedom. The song was a critical and commercial success, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Country chart and No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Rosanne Cash’s father was the legendary singer-songwriter Johnny Cash. In her memoir “Composed,” she wrote about the list of 100 essential country songs that her father gave her when she was just 18 years old. Here are some of the songs on that list:
“Wildwood Flower” by The Carter Family
“Mansion on the Hill” by Hank Williams
“I Can’t Stop Loving You” by Don Gibson
“Long Black Veil” by Lefty Frizzell
“Dark as a Dungeon” by Merle Travis
“Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash
“Honky Tonk Heroes” by Waylon Jennings
“Jolene” by Dolly Parton
“Pancho and Lefty” by Townes Van Zandt
“The Night Hank Williams Came to Town” by Johnny Cash
These songs are all considered classics of country music and have had a lasting impact on the genre. Johnny Cash’s influence on his daughter’s musical tastes and career is evident in the artists and songs on this list.
Rosanne Cash has had a successful career as a singer-songwriter, with numerous hit singles and albums, as well as multiple Grammy Awards and other honors. She has collaborated with a wide range of musicians and has continued to explore different genres and styles throughout her career.
Some of her most popular songs include:
“Seven Year Ache”
“I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me”
“The Way We Make a Broken Heart”
“Tennessee Flat Top Box”
“My Baby Thinks He’s a Train”
“If You Change Your Mind”
“It’s Such a Small World”
“What We Really Want”
“Blue Moon with Heartache”