March 26, 2005

Johnny Cash

I've been listening to a fair bit of the music of the late great Johnny Cash recently. Don't really know why, but I find most of it quite relevant, despite the fact that it's completely different to the majority of the music I listen.

I challenge anyone to listen to "Hurt" and not feel moved in the smallest way. One of the few songs that makes people think about their own mortality I think. On the other hand I might be miles off the mark, but it's my opinion, so I'm right as far as I'm concerned.

Anyone else got any songs they were particularly affected / moved by recently?


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  1. Hurt is an awesome song, even I was moved by it and I'm the most insensitive, hard-arsed bastard I know!! Would be interesting to listen to the original by Nine Inch Nails, can't imagine it being quite so moving!!

    26 Mar 2005, 09:28

  2. I also love Hurt. I really like the Cash/Bob Dylan collaboration on Nashville Skyline – their version of Girl From the North Country is amazing.

    26 Mar 2005, 12:08

  3. Did you hear fightstar massacre hurt at Crash? It was painful.

    26 Mar 2005, 18:35

  4. Thankfully I missed that particular event, I was upstairs in the Grad at the time.

    26 Mar 2005, 20:56

  5. Dr. B.L.T.

    Hurt is one of the songs that motivated me to write and begin recording a collection of original tribute songs dedicated to Johnny Cash. You're welcome to download this one for free. It's an original song I call, I Want My Cash Back, from the forthcoming JC tribute CD, Black-out.

    link Back.mp3

    13 Jun 2005, 17:36

  6. Dr. B.L.T.

    Sorry, that link didn't seem to work. Apparently I need to log on first, but I don't see any log on instructions. I'll look again, but in the meantime, if you'd like to download my Johnny Cash tribute song, just visit my website, drblt.com, and go to the bottom of the first page where it says free MP3s.

    Dr. B.L.T.

    13 Jun 2005, 17:40

  7. just listened to huirt for the first time, i guesss i could relate to it that well since i'm not in the bestest of moods today. either way, it's a great song. shall look into johnny cash a bit.

    13 Jun 2005, 20:27

  8. Certainly one of the few songs where a cover is much better than the original, the Nine Inch Nails original lacks all the emotion of the Johnny Cash version as far as I'm concerned.

    13 Jun 2005, 21:32

  9. 'tis true. i'm really getting into this song. personally, his rather old voice really gets to me. makes it more real somehow, because one can't dismiss the lyrics as teenage angst or anything of the like.

    14 Jun 2005, 00:34

  10. The video is weird, yet fits the mood of the song…just a random aside I know, but hey…

    14 Jun 2005, 00:43

  11. Dr. Bruce L. Thiessen aka Dr. B.L.T.

    A song that really makes me miss Johnny Cash, is I Still Miss Someone. That is what compelled me to record the song with the words altered to pay tribute to the Man in Black. Feel free to cut and paste this link:
    (We) Still Miss Someone
    original version by Johnny Cash, altered lyrics by Dr. BLT

    link

    Please refrain from downloading the song until further notice as I still need to secure permission to make the song available as an mp3 download.

    17 Nov 2005, 21:03

  12. David Paton

    How can the Johnny Cash cover be more moving than a song written written by a recovering heroin addict? I'm sorry but in my opinion both songs are equally moving. The only reason I could see Cash's cover having the upper edge is his wife June dying shortly before he recorded the song.

    06 Mar 2006, 02:30

  13. David Paton

    And I just realise this topic is about 3 months old :$

    06 Mar 2006, 02:32

  14. Bruce

    My website address has changed and that alters the song link above. My new web address is:

    link

    My latest Cash tribute songs are:

    (We) Still Miss Someone
    Dr. BLT
    (based on original Johnny Cash Song)
    link

    Ballad of Johnny and June
    Duet (Dr. BLT & Allyssa Kaess)
    words and music by Dr. BLT (c)2006
    link

    and

    The Next Johnny Cash
    words and music by Dr. BLT (c)2006
    link

    Bruce
    aka Dr. BLT
    The World's First Blog 'n' Roll Artist

    15 Jul 2006, 20:34

  15. CASH BACK

    Two years on from the start of this blog finds me as the only full time performing Johnny Cash tribute artist in the UK and Europe, based out of Scotland. I love the emotion and power of Hurt. It is interesting however that although it requested occasionally by younger folk, it noticibly get lesser and lighter applause than the more popular, older hits.

    What have I become, my sweetest friend…
    http://www.myspace.com/cashbacktribute
    Be a friend!

    Cheers-
    Ric “CASH BACK

    04 Jun 2007, 20:56


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