Johnny Cash - American IV: The Man Comes Around
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Release date: 01 October 2002
It's time for the Man in Black should to be left in peace
Some things should just be left alone. 'Ain’t No Grave…' arrives almost seven years after Cash ’s death and four years after ‘ American V: A Hundred Highways ’, the first posthumous album to be distilled from the final sessions that Cash recorded with producer Rick Rubin . Ahead of release, the record has been pitched as the great fierce outlaw’s rage at the dying...
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Johnny Cash - American IV: The Man Comes Around: Wikipedia Album Entry
American IV: The Man Comes Around is the fourth album in the American series by Johnny Cash, released in 2002. The majority of songs are covers which Cash performs in his own spare style, with help from producer Rick Rubin. For instance, for the song "Personal Jesus", Rubin asked Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante to re-work an acoustic version of Martin Gore's song, which featured a simple acoustic riff that stripped down the song to a blues style. He receives backing vocal assistance from various artists, including Fiona Apple, Nick Cave, and Don Henley. American IV was the final Cash album released during his lifetime; though the Unearthed Box Set was compiled prior to his death, it was not released until two months later. It was also his first non-compilation album to go gold (selling over 500,000 copies) in thirty years. Additionally, the album won "Album of the Year" award at the 2003 CMA Awards.
The video for "Hurt", a song written by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails in 1994, was nominated in seven categories at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards and won the award for Best Cinematography. In February 2003, mere days before his 71st birthday, Cash won another Grammy Award for Best Country Male Vocal Performance for "Give My Love To Rose," a song Cash had originally recorded in the late 1950s. The music video for "Hurt" also won a Grammy for Best Short Form Video at the 2004 Awards.
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor admitted that he was initially "flattered" but worried that "the idea [of Cash covering "Hurt"] sounded a bit gimmicky," but when he heard the song and saw the video for the first time, Reznor said he was deeply moved and found Cash's cover beautiful and meaningful.
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I found him by the railroad track this morning
I could see that he was nearly dead
I knelt down beside him and I listened
Just to hear the words the dying fellow said
Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen and down the mountain side
The summer's gone and all the roses fallin'
It's you, it's you, must go and I must bide
And I heard as it were the noise of thunder
One of the four beasts saying, "Come and see",
And I saw and behold a white horse
As I walked out on the streets of Laredo.
As I walked out on Laredo one day,
I spied a poor cowboy wrapped in white linen,
Wrapped in white linen as cold as the clay.
I'm gonna write a tear stained letter, I'm gonna mail it straight to you
I'm gonna bring back to your mind what you said about always bein' true
About our secret hidin' places bein' daily satisfied
I can see you sittin' and readin' it while you hang your head and cry
Hear that lonesome whippoorwill
He sounds too blue to fly
The midnight train is whinin' low
I'm so lonesome I could cry
Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?
You been out ridin' fences for so long now
Oh, you're a hard one but I know that you've got your reasons
These things that are pleasin' you can hurt you somehow
Well, my name it is Sam Hall, Sam Hall
Yes, my name it is Sam Hall, it is Sam Hall
My name it is Sam Hall an' I hate you, one an' all
An' I hate you, one and all
There are places I'll remember all my life
Though some have changed, some forever, not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
Your own, personal, Jesus
Someone to hear your prayers
Someone who cares
The first time ever I saw your face
I thought the sun rose in your eyes
And the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave
To the dark and the endless sky, my love
When youâre weary, feeling small
When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all, Iâm on your side
Oh when times get rough and friends just canât be found
Like a bridge over troubled water, I will lay me down
I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that's real
We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when,
but I know we'll meet again some sunny day!
Keep smiling through, just like you always do,
'till the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away!