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Monday, August 31, 2015

Hurt - Long before there was Trent Reznor or Robert Smith there was Johnny Cash.



“Hurt” performed by Johnny Cash in 2002, and released on the album, “American IV: The Man Comes Around,” just before Mr. Cash died September 12, 2003.

“But I remember everything, [Chorus:] What have I become, My sweetest friend
Everyone I know goes away, In the end …” “Hurt,” originally by “Nine Inch NILS,” in April 17, 1995…


“But I remember everything, [Chorus:] What have I become, My sweetest friend
Everyone I know goes away, In the end …” “Hurt,” originally by “Nine Inch NILS,” in April 17, 1995… “Hurt” performed by Johnny Cash in 2002, and released on the album, “American IV: The Man Comes Around,” just before Mr. Cash died September 12, 2003.

August 31, 2015 / KED

Long before there was Trent Reznor and "Nine Inch Nails" or Robert Smith and “The Cure,” there was Johnny Cash.

I just heard “Hurt” performed by Johnny Cash yesterday for the first time in several years. I was at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn.

“Hurt” reminds me of “Sinking,” from the “Head on the Door” album. Find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6mzdZXok5U


It is haunting. Awesome performance by one of the premier artists of the 20th Century. Dad introduced me to Johnny Cash in the late 1950s on AM radio when I would ride along with him on his Watkins Vending route all over Carroll County, Md.

According to the YouTube post: "This poignant performance of Nine Inch Nail's, "Hurt" is almost haunting, as it was recorded just prior to Cash's untimely death. Whether or not a Johnny Cash fan, this performance is powerful and deep with emotion. Produced by Rick Rubin, The Man Comes Around is the fourth and final Grammy Award-winning album Cash and Rubin have collaborated on"

Find the Nine Inch Nails' version here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR4DjYczINM The Nine Inch Nails original is awesome.... I prefer the Johnny Cash version. Find the NIN version here:



JOHNNY CASH LYRICS

"Hurt"

(Originally by Nine Inch Nails)

I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that's real
The needle tears a hole
The old familiar sting
Try to kill it all away
But I remember everything

[Chorus:]
What have I become
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know goes away
In the end
And you could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt

I wear this crown of thorns
Upon my liar's chair
Full of broken thoughts
I cannot repair
Beneath the stains of time
The feelings disappear
You are someone else
I am still right here

[Chorus:]
What have I become
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know goes away
In the end
And you could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt

If I could start again
A million miles away
I would keep myself
I would find a way

Speaking of “Nine Inch Nails,” of which I am, along with Johnny Cash and “The Cure,” a devoted fan; one of my all-time favorite stories of the days when I was an elected official was being interviewed by a Carroll County Times reporter who had an attitude and tonality that indicated that she clearly perceived me as a knuckle-dragging Neanderthal. An old sick, and homeless lead character with no redemptive qualities from Ian Anderson’s Jethro Tull’s concept album, the fourth album the band released in 1971, “AquaLung.”

At one point she asked me, “What was the last concert you attended?” To which I responded that I was really a cyborg and that in order to give me human-like qualities, I was programmed to be a Trent Reznor fan and I went to see “Nine Inch Nails.” That I knew very little about electric sheep, butterflies, or woodpeckers, but I got my instructions from a package of camel cigarettes. I usually get all my frustrations out on people with my keyboard, but that night, I got out all my frustrations in the mosh pit. She was quiet for a while….

“Sinking” by Robert Smith

"Sinking" “Head on the Door” 1985

I am slowing down
As the years go by
I am sinking
So I trick myself
Like everybody else

The secrets I hide
Twist me inside
They make me weaker

So I trick myself
Like everybody else
I crouch in fear and wait
I'll never feel again

If only I could remember
Anything at all

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