Monday, August 27, 2007

Johnny Cash... Certainly One of my Favorite

Here I am sitting at my computer in the catacombs of my basement tapping out the words to my next post while listening to the depressing words of Johnny Cash. Now don’t get me wrong, I like Johnny Cash… Actually I love the guy and have been listening to him ever since I was a child in my father's den amongst many of his albums but there is just something depressing about much of his his music. Currently, as I am sitting here, he is singing the words to his song “I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry.” Now there’s a song that would cheer you spirits!

Hear the lonesome whippoorwill
He sounds too blue to fly
The midnight train is whining low
I’m so lonesome I could cry

I’ve never seen a night so long
When time goes crawling by
The moon just went behind a cloud
To hide its face and cry

Did you ever see a robin weep
When leaves begin to die
That means he’s lost the will to live
I’m so lonesome I could cry

The silence of a falling star
Lights up a purple sky
And as I wonder where you are
I’m so lonesome I could cry

You have to wonder why I would enjoy his music so much. What is it that I relate to? I never went to Fulsome Prison or San Quentin for that matter. I have never walked the line nor have I ever gambled nor done cocaine. I have never wanted to kill my father for calling me Sue nor have I been on death row waiting for a pardon. As a matter of fact, I have never ever thrown a shot of whiskey down my gullet and yet I feel as if I can relate to his music. Maybe it is the lonesome part I relate to and yet I have all the friends I need. Maybe it was just his down-to-earth music that touched the lives of the working class and hard luck cases.

… And yet I love his music on each of the above topics and listen to the words of each and every song each and every time I play them.

As I sit here, he is now singing Amazing Grace, a song I have heard “a million” times before and I still enjoy it.

Now that I have been sitting here in this cold and damp room, I am starting to feel warmer while listening to his burning ring of fire, a song that Preparation H recently wanted to incorporate into one of their commercials but was turned down by him family.

So, in conclusion, if you ever want to experience a unique form of music, try Johnny Cash’s and if you ever wonder about where some of my inspiration will be coming from this year, you can thank Johnny for that!

For those who are interested, here is one of my favorite songs by Johnny Cash along with a couple of "extras" at the end of it.



Hammer said...

Even if we didn't experience the stuff Cash sang about, his music made it real and believable.

I like his stuff too.

Jazz said...

Cash? Me, not so much... But then I pretty much hate all country music.

Becky Wolfe said...

I like Cash songs now & then but I do agree that many of them are pretty depressing! I'm a fan of most country, old & new!

Janice Thomson said...

I'm not a Johnny Cash fan either but I do think in this world of so much pain and suffering his sincere and sad music hits a deep chord with many people. I did like 'A Boy Named Sue' though. Besides being funny it had a good message.

happyone said...

One of my favorites is called One Piece at a Time. There is nothing depressing about that one. :-)
He works at a car factory and comes home every day with a piece of a car and builds one.

HeiressChild said...

i was never into johnny cash's music too much, even though i do like country. this was a nice little video tribute. he wrote from the depths of his heart and soul. must have been a lot of sadness there. i never saw the movie about them, and i think i will real soon.

Dave said...

Hi Hammer!

Yes, real and believable it was.

Jazz Good to hear from you! I pretty much hate country as well .. I just never saw Cash as "country" so I suppose that explains why I like his music.

Hi Becky A lot of them are depressing but in spite of that, he also has a number of funny ones as well.

Hi Janice! I think that's why he was so popular... He strikes a chord in the common man and those who are down on their luck and there are certainly a lot of them out there.

Hi Happyone! I suppose that with a name like Happyone, depressing songs are not your thing. :-) You are right about "One Piece at a Time." That one is certainly no depressing! LOL

HeiressChild You are right when you say that he spoke from the depths of his heart. I hope you enjoyed the movie as I did.

Cheryl said...

Great tribute, Dave. I'm not really sure of the meaning on the song