Cash's original lyric was written in March of 1967. He never got round to adding music to it, but it was published in 2016 in Cash's posthumous poetry collection Forever Words: The Unknown Poems
, which collects 41 of Cash's poems into an anthology. "Gold All Over the Ground" is the first of Cash's poems to be set to music.
"His son, John Carter Cash, is a good friend of mine and decided to dig up some old songs that were unfinished by his father," Paisley recalled to ET Online
. "He brought one to me that was just a lyric and wasn't really in song form, and he said, 'If you want to finish this and turn it into a song, I think Dad would approve.'"