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Black Dog
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posted 12 September 2003 11:39 AM      Profile for Black Dog   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I know this is being discussed in another forum, but I think the man merits his own thread. A very sad day for music.
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audra trower williams
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posted 12 September 2003 12:13 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You might enjoy this, black dog.
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skdadl
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posted 12 September 2003 12:14 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A man of great dignity who saw and sang of dignity in others.


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al-Qa'bong
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posted 12 September 2003 12:16 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This is a shock. I didn't know he was ill or anything.

A couple of days ago I was stopped at a red light, with "Ring of Fire" turned up loud, singin' along...The guys in the car beside me were looking at me strangely, though.

Johnny Cash has become an icon. Even a lot of the kids (the tatoo-facial ironwork set)at our local community radio station play his music.

Another sad loss. I wasn't around when Benny Carter passed away. Was there any sort of babble tribute for him on July 12?


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cynic
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posted 12 September 2003 12:46 PM      Profile for cynic     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, you wonder why I always dress in black,
Why you never see bright colors on my back,
And why does my appearance seem to have a somber 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 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 'a 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,
Believen' that the Lord was on their side,
I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died,
Believen' 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,
'Till things are brighter, I'm the Man In Black.

- Johnny Cash, The Man in Black.

He never did get to wear that white suit.


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al-Qa'bong
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posted 12 September 2003 12:54 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I just tuned to the community station. The kid DJ just played a Johnny Cash Tribute, including this tune, "Sam Hall." Something I've always liked about Cash is how he can sing about horror and tragedy, and yet there's always a twinkle in his eye (voice?) when he does it.

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 and all.
An' I hate you, one and all:
Damn your eyes.

I killed a man, they said; so they said.
I killed a man, they said; so they said.
I killed a man, they said an' I smashed in his head.
An' I left him layin' dead,
Damn his eyes.

But a-swingin', I must go; I must go.
A-swingin', I must go; I must go.
A-swingin', I must go while you critters down below,
Yell up: "Sam, I told you so."
Well, damn your eyes!

Instrumental break.

I saw Molly in the crowd; in the crowd.
I saw Molly in the crowd; in the crowd.
I saw Molly in the crowd an' I hollered, right out loud:
" Hey there Molly, ain't you proud?
"Damn your eyes."

Then the Sherriff, he came to; he came to.
Ah, yeah, the Sherriff, he came to; he came to.
The Sherriff, he come to an he said: "Sam, how are you?"
An I said: "Well, Sherriff, how are you,
"Damn your eyes."

My name is Samuel, Samuel.
My name is Samuel, Samuel.
My name is Samuel, an' I'll see you all in hell.
An' I'll see you all in hell,
Damn your eyes.

[ 12 September 2003: Message edited by: al-Qa'bong ]


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kingblake
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posted 12 September 2003 02:25 PM      Profile for kingblake     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
is it just me, or has this been a bad week
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ronb
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posted 12 September 2003 05:44 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The video for "Hurt" is one of the most harrowing pieces of film ever made. As an artist, he was as unflinchingly honest as they come, right to the end.
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Black Dog
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posted 12 September 2003 07:12 PM      Profile for Black Dog   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I read this in another forum and think it sums it up beautifully.

quote:
Johnny could have lived for a million years and his passing would have come too soon.

Amen, brother.

Respect.


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cynic
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posted 12 September 2003 07:27 PM      Profile for cynic     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Another good quote:
quote:
He wasn't one of the best. He was the best. Wear black.

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lagatta
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posted 12 September 2003 08:21 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
He was part Cherokee, and very concerned with the plight of Aboriginal people. He recorded an album called "Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian" in the '60s.

On a lighter note, a parody of "I walk the line" that I'm sure he got a laugh out of:

I keep my pants up with a piece of twine
I keep my fly wide open all the time
You say you love me
I think you're lyin'
So if you're mine
Please pull the twine


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Holy Holy Holy
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posted 12 September 2003 10:17 PM      Profile for Holy Holy Holy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Speaking of Bitter Tears... my favorite Cash song:

Now I will tell you buster that I ain't a fan of Custer
And the General he don't ride well anymore
To some he was a hero but to me his score was zero
And the General he don't ride well anymore
Now Custer done his fightin' without too much excitin'
And the General he don't ride well anymore
General Custer come in pumpin' when the men were out a huntin'
But the General he don't ride well anymore
With victories he was swimmin' he killed children dogs and women
But the General he don't ride well anymore
Crazy Horse sent out the call just to Sitting Bull and Gall
And the General he don't ride well anymore
Now Custer split his men well he won't do that again
Cause the General he don't ride well anymore
Twelve thousand warriors waited they were unanticipated
And the General he don't ride well anymore
It's not called an Indian victory but a bloody massacre
And the General he don't ride well anymore
There might have been more enthusin' if us Indians had been losin'
But the General he don't ride well anymore
General George A.Custer oh his yellow hair had lustre
But the General he don't ride well anymore
For now the General's silent he got bombarded violent
And the General he don't ride well anymore
Oh the General he don't ride well anymore

There will never be another like him


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Mycroft_
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posted 12 September 2003 10:28 PM      Profile for Mycroft_     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I only came to love and admire the man in the past two years or so. He was about to record a new album and given the quality of his work in the past ten years under the American Recordings imprint I was really looking forward to his next album which, sadly, will never be. I'm happy he got the appreciation he deserves in the past few months for his incredible version of Hurt. The video for it is quite possibly the best ever made.
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Mycroft_
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posted 12 September 2003 10:32 PM      Profile for Mycroft_     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Click here for my favourite photo of Cash.
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skdadl
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posted 12 September 2003 10:39 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ha! My Name It Is Sam Hall -- I haven't thought about that song in so many years. Too good.
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Tommy_Paine
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posted 13 September 2003 12:03 AM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My brother-- ten years older than I, introduced me to Cash, and we both wore the grooves out of "Folsom Prison Blues", and later, wore out the eight track.

Maybe it was Cash who instilled in me the love of songs that tell stories about the ordinary folk-- the good and the bad.


........ early one morning while makin' the rounds.........


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audra trower williams
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posted 13 September 2003 12:37 AM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I saw Johnny Cash in concert when I was 19, in England. It? Was awesome.
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spindoctor
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posted 13 September 2003 01:21 AM      Profile for spindoctor   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I never saw Johnny Cash live and only came to his music late in life. But I grew to really love it. There was a quote from one of the guys in Uncle Tupelo and he said that one of the things he really loved about country music was that there were some dark lyrics that could scare the hell out of you more than anything Henry Rollins could ever sing.

And I think that's true, and Johnny Cash was a master at singing beautiful-sounding songs about the darkest of subjects....
Just my two cents....


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zazzo
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posted 13 September 2003 02:00 AM      Profile for zazzo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I remember listening to Johnny Cash back in the sixties, and I loved his song Indian Drums because at that time there were few recording artists, except for maybe Buffy, who were singing about our history. Most Indians I know loved Johnny's music. We are going to miss him.
Here is his song: Indian Drums

From the Indian reservation to the governmental school
Well they're goin' to educate me to the white men's Golden Rule
And I'm learning very quickly for I've learned to be ashamed
And I come when they call Billy though I've got an Indian name
And there are drums beyond the mountain, Indian drums that you can't hear
There are drums beyond the mountain, and they're getting mighty near

And when they think that they've changed me, cut my hair to meet their needs
Will they think I'm white or Indian, quarter blood or just half breed
Let me tell you Mr teacher, when you say you'll make me right
In five hundred years of fighting, not one Indian turned white
And there are drums...

Well you thought that I knew nothing when you brought me here to school
Just another empty Indian, just America's first fool
But now I can tell you stories that are burnt and dried and old
But in the shadow of their telling walks the thunder proud and bold
And there are drums...

Long Pine and Sequoia, Handsome Lake and Sitting Bull
There's Mangus Colorado, with his sleeves so red and full
Crazy Horse the legend, those who bit off Custer's soul
They are dead, yet they are living with the great Geronimo
And there are drums...

Well you may teach me this land's history, but we taught it to you first
We broke your hearts and bent your journeys, broken treaties left us cursed
Even now you have to cheat us even though you think us tame
In our losing we found proudness, in your winning you found shame
And there are drums...


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