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NoMoreMrNiceGuy Donating Member (603 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-05 08:20 PM
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Johnny Cash was a good liberal
Well, you wonder why I always dress in black;
Why you never see bright colours on my back;
And why does my appearance seem to have a sombre tone.
Well, there's a reason for the things that I have on.

I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down;
Livin' in the hopeless, hungry side of town;
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime,
But is there because he's a victim of the times.

I wear the black for those who've never read,
Or listened to the words that Jesus said,
About the road to happiness through love and charity;
Why, you'd think He's talking straight to you and me.

Well, we're doin' mighty fine, I do suppose,
In our streak-of-lightnin' cars and fancy clothes.
But just so we're reminded of the ones who are held back,
Up front there ought to be a Man In Black.

I wear it for the sick and lonely old,
For the reckless ones whose bad trip left them cold;
I wear the black in mournin' for the lives that could have been:
Each week we lose a hundred fine young men.

And, I wear it for the thousands who have died,
Believin' that the Lord was on their side.
I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died,
Believin' that we all were on their side.

Well, there's things that never will be right I know,
And things need changin' everywhere you go.
But 'til we start to make a move to make a few things right,
You'll never see me wear a suit of white.

Ah, I'd love to wear a rainbow every day,
And tell the world that everything's OK.
But I'll try to carry off a little darkness on my back,
'Til things are brighter, I'm the Man In Black.

Written by John R. Cash.
( Bug Music/Songs of Cash/Bughouse.)
From "A Man In Black", 1971, Columbia Records.

Coquet Shack, 2004, John D. Lewis
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Downtown Hound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-05 08:22 PM
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1. My favorite Cash song
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Obviousman Donating Member (927 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-05 08:27 PM
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2. I miss Johnny
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Adenoid_Hynkel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-05 08:31 PM
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3. losing carson, brando, and johnny
the last 3 years have been a triple whammy loss for me. three of my biggest idols are gone
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Shopaholic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-05 08:57 PM
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6. Losing Warren Zevon so close to Johnny Cash was a double-whammy
for me.
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Adenoid_Hynkel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-05 08:59 PM
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7. right
don't know how i could forget that one

it started with charles schulz in 2000-i've bben losing a hero a year since
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stpalm Donating Member (734 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-05 08:34 PM
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4. great song
Good old Johnny.
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Iggytop Donating Member (115 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-05 08:39 PM
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5. THE MAN IN BLACK
:-(
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argyl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-12-05 09:32 PM
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8. Johnny was invited to the Nixon White House about 1970.
Edited on Sat Feb-12-05 09:32 PM by argyl
Nixon requested that he sing two sings, "Okie From Muskogee(don't want to rag on Merle;this song meant to be was tongue in cheek)" and a real POS entitled "Welfare Cadillac."

Cash declined, saying both songs were basically cheap shots at people who were being ridiculed by the mainstream culture of the day(this is no quote, but it's the essence of his statement.)

Was Johnny Cash a good liberal? Fucking A right he was.
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