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Monday, August 31, 2015

Johnny Cash - 'Hurt"



“But I remember everything, [Chorus:] What have I become, My
sweetest friend

Everyone I know goes away, In the end …”

August 31, 2015

Just heard this yesterday for the first time in several years. 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=g0bZtf5MCzY The Nine Inch Nails original is awesome.... I prefer the Johnny Cash version.

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

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