What Is Truth

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"What Is Truth"
Single by Johnny Cash
B-side"Sing a Traveling Song"
ReleasedFebruary 1970
Songwriter(s)Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash singles chronology
"Rock Island Line"
"What Is Truth"
"Sunday Morning Coming Down"

"What Is Truth" is a song written and recorded by American country music artist Johnny Cash released in February 1970. Generally viewed as a protest song, a rarity in country music at the time, the criticism of the Vietnam War, and war in general, made the song a major crossover hit. The song peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles. It also became Cash's 12th Top 40 single on the Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 19, and his 2nd Top 10 single on the Adult Contemporary chart, peaking at Number 4.[1] It also reached number 1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1970) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 19
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening 4
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 9
U.K. Singles Chart 21


  1. ^ "Johnny Cash singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 25 March 2011.
  2. ^ "RPM Country Singles for June 6, 1970". RPM. Retrieved 25 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Johnny Cash Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  4. ^ "Johnny Cash Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.