In the June/July issue of AARP
magazine, Rosanne Cash
published a two-page article titled "My Favorite Beatles Song." In it, she talked about "No Reply," a song that she's been listening to since she was 10 years old. Cash explained that the song mirrored her own relationship with her parents, including country music icon Johnny Cash.
Cash wrote, "The subtext of my own life was the same as the one in 'No Reply;' I knocked on my parents' door and no one answered. My mother and father were not at home. Just like the song: 'When I came to your door - No reply.'"
She added: "Lennon's howl that he 'nearly died' is the denoument of the emotional arc," Cash goes on. "He says it twice in the second verse. It has the stark intensity of Hank Williams' line, 'I'm so lonesome I could cry.' Or my dad singing 'I walk the line': plaintive to the point of transcending the meaning. The life that shows up in the voice is made of choices."
She finishes her piece by saying, "I've returned to 'No Reply' in every stage of my life... I love the girl who cheated. I love the boy who had his heart broken. I love myself as I was on both sides of the door. The sequence of events is switched, however: I nearly died, then I saw the light. But I'm still reaching for 'No Reply.'"