Johnny Cash's love letter to June Carter may be greatest ever written

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Is This The Greatest Love Letter Ever Written?

The Man in Black's single-page handwritten note to his wife on her 65th birthday reads, "We get old and get use to each other ... But once in awhile, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better."

Johnny and June Carter Cash were married for 35 years -- their tumultuous and inspiring love affair immortalized in 2005's 'Walk The Line.'

The poll was carried out by life insurance company Beagle Street, in an effort to up the romance -- and perhaps insurance policies -- ahead of Valentines' Day.

11 PHOTOS
Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash
See Gallery
Johnny Cash's love letter to June Carter may be greatest ever written
Singers Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash are seen with June's daughter Rosanne Lea Nix, 12, as they appear at the Jerry Lewis Telethon at the Americana Hotel in New York, Sept. 6, 1971. (AP Photo/Tim Boxer)
Johnny Cash and June Carter look at their newborn baby John Carter Cash in hospital in Nashville, Tennesse, March 7, 1970. (AP Photo)
Country western stars Johnny Cash and wife June Carter Cash arrive at U.S. District Court in Washington to watch the Watergate cover-up trial, Nov. 11, 1974. The two were invited by prosecutor James Neal. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)
BARBARA MANDRELL AND THE MANDRELL SISTERS -- Pictured: (l-r) Johnny Cash, Barbara Mandrell, June Carter Cash, Irlene Mandrell, Louise Mandrell (Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW - Shoot Date: March 17, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) JOHNNY CASH;JUNE CARTER CASH
THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW - Shoot Date: March 17, 1969. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) JUNE CARTER CASH
Country/Western singer Johnny Cash and wife June Carter at home. (Photo by Michael Rougier/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: (AUSTRALIA OUT) Photo of Johnny CASH and June CARTER and Mother Maybelle CARTER; L-R June Carter Cash, Maybelle Carter and Johnny Cash (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
Johnny Cash carries his son John in his arms as his wife June Carter walks beside him at Essendon airport in Melbourne, Australia, March 25, 1971. (AP Photo)
June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash Perform Dylan's "It Aint'e Me Babe" during the Bob Dylan anniversary concert at New York's Madison Square Garden on Friday Oct. 16, 1992. Johnny Cash, a towering figure in American music spanning country, rock and folk and known worldwide as ``The Man in Black,'' died Firday Sept. 12, 2003, according to hospital officials in Nashville, Tenn. He was 71. June Carter Cash died May 15, 2003. She was 73. ( AP Photo/Ron Frehm)
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION


Other love letters that made the list include Ernest Hemingway declaring his love for actress Marlene Dietrich, Richard Burton's letter telling Liz Taylor exactly how pretty she is, and poet John Keats telling his sweetheart in 1819, "You have absorb'd me."

Romantic notions overlooked by British voters? Lyndon Johnson's courtship letters to Lady Bird, and Amelia Earhart's anti-love letter to her future husband, declaring, "I shall not hold you to any midaevil (sic) code of faithfulness to me nor shall I consider myself bound to you similarly."

While the practice is going out of style, men won the prize for old-fashioned mush. One in four British men admitted to writing a love letter in the past year. Unfortunately, half the women surveyed called the practice "outdated."

Johnny Cash's letter read:

June 23 1994
Odense, Denmark.

Happy Birthday Princess,

We get old and get use to each other. We think alike. We read each others minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted.

But once in awhile, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You're the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much.

Happy Birthday Princess.

John


More on AOL:
Kirk and Anne Douglas open up about their 60-year marriage
Couple married 81 years honored with national award
World War II veterans reunited after nearly 70 years apart

Read Full Story

People are Reading