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RIP Johnny Cash 1932-2003

SGB

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MAN IN BLACK
(Johnny Cash)

« © '71 House Of Cash »

Well you wonder why I always dress in black
Why you never see bright colors on my back
And why does my appearance seem to have a somber tone
Well there's a reason for the things that I have on
I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down
Livin' in the hopeless hungry side of town
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime
But is there because he's a victim of the times
I wear the black for those who've never read
Or listened to the words that Jesus said
About the road to happiness through love and charity
Why you'd think he's talking straight to you and me
Well we're doin' mighty fine I do suppose
In our streak of lightning cars and fancy clothes
But just so we're reminded of the ones who are held back
Up front there oughta be a man in black

I wear it for the sick and lonely old
For the reckless ones whose bad trip left them cold
I wear the black in morning for the lives that could have been
Each week we lose a hundred fine young men
And I wear it for the thousands who have died
Believin' that the Lord was on their side
I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died
Believin' that we all were on their side
Well there's things that never will be right I know
And things need changin' everywhere you go
But till we start to make a move to make a few things right
You'll never see me wear a suit of white
Oh I'd love to wear a rainbow every day and tell the world that everything's okay
But I'll try to carry off a little darkness on my back
Till things're brighter I'm the man in black
 

mendelman

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Heaven's choir is now that much better!

This is a serious loss for the world's culture and art. But luckily, we had him for a forty year career.

Edit: Sorry, 60 year career
 
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PlannerGirl

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Man I grew up loving his music. "Ring of fire" etc just were part of my childhood.

May he rest with June in peace.
 

giff57

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The "Hurt" video was a crowning acheivment for a long great career. RIP Johnny.
 

Cardinal

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I saw that today. He was someone who you could truly call a legend. His music entertained, but like SGB's example, could also make you think.

Good bye, Johnny Cash.


(and good bye, John Ritter, as well.)
 

biscuit

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Sad day...
I grew up listening to Johnny Cash and continue to be a fan, especially his newer American Recordings albums.
How fitting for a man who sang about pain and loss that "Hurt" would be his last work.
 

El Feo

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Isn't he the last of Phillips' Big 3 (at least to me) at Sun Records? Presley, Orbison, and now Cash.

Like PG, I cut my teeth on "Ring of Fire," "Ghostriders in the Sky," "I Walk the Line" etc. When I was five, I wanted to BE Johnny Cash. When I was old enough to know better, I realized you had to be born as cool as him.

Too bad - he'll be missed.
 

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a man who was every bit as bad ass in his later years as he was in his early years. I don't think there has ever been an artist who has as much respect as he does through literally all genere's of music. It's all some of the best poetry I've had the pleasure to read. His humor, wit and stinging satire will certainly be missed. Rest In peace.
 

SlaveToTheGrind

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I was never a Johnny Cash fan nor did my parents ever listen to him. But when I saw a recent video of his (Hurt?) I got the chills. My only impression was here is man who knows we won't be around much longer and here he his leaving his last words for everyone to hear. I know he has been very influential for many musicians and will be greatly missed.
 

Rumpy Tunanator

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to bad the man he shot in Reno, just to watch him die, wasn't michael jackson.
Live from Folkham (spelling?) Prison was a really good record.
I thought he just got out of the hospital a few days ago.
 

Trail Nazi

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The music world will never be the same. I loved Johnny Cash. He even appeared on Sesame Street a couple of times. He had some damn good music.
 

Dan

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I don't think Mr. Cash will experience a burning ring of fire.

Thank you for everything.
 

SGB

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A story worth listening to

The Public Radio International Progam The American Life just did a program themed on romance.

The last story in the broadcast was about Johnny & June Carter Cash. It includes the really well described tale of Johnny's recording of Ring of Fire. Who knew that June's mother also sang backup vocals with her daughter on the song that June wrote about her love for Johnny - who was still married at the time to his first wife?

The entire program will be on the TAL website in a week or so. Well worth a listen.
 
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