Released: April 1995
Although it wasn’t the last thing he recorded before his death, this Nine Inch Nails cover has become accepted as The Man In Black’s swansong. Although his version of Trent Reznor’s song (with the line “I wear this crown of shit” changed to “crown of thorns” in order to remove profanity and reference Cash’s spirituality) is enormously affecting in its own right, the video, where Cash’s frailty is starkly evident (he and wife June, who also appears, both died that same year), is now rightly regarded as one of the best of all time. (AW)
On His Cover Of 'Hurt'
"I think 'Hurt' is the best anti-drug song I ever heard. It's a song about a man's pain and what we're capable of doing to ourselves and the possibility that we don't have to do that anymore. I could relate to that from the very beginning." (concertlivewire.com)
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