According to Johnny Cash, he wrote the music and words to this song during a 1968 tour he and his wife June Carter Cash did in Israel. He explained to the crowd at San Quentin: "We went into the little town of Canaan just over the hills from Nazareth and there's a church that sits over the cistern where the water came from that Christ turned to wine, where the first miracle was performed. We went into the church, saw the cisterns; you can hear the sounds of the water in there, hear the echo. I was so impressed when I came out of the church. If I ever had an inspiration I had one then from seeing what I had just seen and heard. And I said under my breath, 'He turned the water into wine,' of all things. On the way to Tiberius in the car in the next few minutes I wrote this song."
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