Throughout his life, he showed an eager desire to live according to the Gospel of Jesus. Thomas Bensen from Wisconsin on September 27, 2014: I was never much of a Johnny Cash fan, it's just not my type of music however Nine Inch Nails is more my type of music. The Johnny Cash version makes a reference to Christ, but the original version does not. What is trying to say in that staza and his last line. But as well as Cash’s outstanding performance, there were other creative forces that had to come together in order to make the award-winning video possible. I found you on RedGage. I think that when he's talking about being hurt its regret. Country singer Johnny Cash covering a Nine Inch Nails song is so odd that it’s perfect. Suggested Resources (0.00 / 0 votes) Rate this definition: johnny cash was a heroin addict. Six month later, his beloved wife of 35 years, June Carter Cash passed in May 2003. Thank you so much. I like this interpretation a lot, because I'm sure many people (maybe every adult) had these feelings at some point in their lives: you want to make changes in your life, but you can't, you are desperate. Its just really sad that he couldn't find happiness despite doing everything he could. Johnny passed in September 2003. It sends a powerful message that we should all proceed through life wisely, because there is nothing worse than being stuck with a label, a pain, a sickness, or a death, that we know beforehand will leave us only wishing things had been different and that we could change the choices we made. var opts = { Trent Reznor’s intention was to have the song about a young person spiral into either self-harm or drug addiction but Cash gives the song a new light. He deluded himself that he was proud of who he was and living his best life, when really he was just escaping from the life he wanted. "Hurt" is a song by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails from their second studio album, The Downward Spiral (1994), written by Trent Reznor. I wrote some words and music in my bedroom as a way of staying sane, about a bleak and desperate place I was in, totally isolated and alone. "Hurt" was written by Trent Reznor and first released on Nine Inch Nails' 1994 album The Downward Spiral. While working on their fourth album together, which would be released as, “The Man Comes Around”, Rubin continued to encourage Cash to step outside of his comfort area regarding song material and it was Rubin’s idea that Cash should record a version of Reznor’s song. In an echo of the Nine Inch Nails original video, he also interspersed the film shots of Cash with images of decay, such as rotting fruit. Cash agreed to this, demonstrating artistic and personal courage in the process. :). Trent’s song not Johnny’s song. But now they've stopped fussing over him and he sees how little he has without their adulation. Undoubtedly one of the most powerful music videos of all time, the Johnny Cash Hurt video serves as a moving and worthy epitaph to the late, great singer. As someone else said earlier he's shown on a "throne". However, I can say it creates the same impact for everyone. Our whole life is but an illusion, an experiment of thought. Cash's grave and the Cash/Carter memorial in Hendersonville Memory Gardens, Tennessee. I know I will let myself down and I will make myself hurt (back to the beginning of the circle). interestingly enough, I think we hear Reznor's version MORE because we hear Cash's version a lot...it's an interesting symbiosis. Johnny Cash was a deeply religious man, who loved Jesus and the Bible. The original version of the song hurt has a more tragic sound which implies a meaning of suicidal tendencies or thoughts. In hurt song, what type of guitar used and what is name on it? So what is clear in the song, and moreso in the video is the idea of a retrospective on your life, memory in the shadow of inevitable death. Movie Director Mark Romanek was charged with making the video for the Cash version. Sadly, the building has disappeared completely now, destroyed by fire in 2007. Before Johnny Cash released "Ring Of Fire" as a single, he had a steadily growing career. It was about losing yourself to your base self. "I Walk the Line" Written in just 20 minutes, Cash’s (arguably) greatest hit was intended as a … https://spinditty.com/genres/Johnny-Cash-Hurt-The-Story-Behind-The-Video He still feels empty. His now-legendary 1957 debut album Johnny Cash With His Hot And Blue Guitarestablished a buzz that eluded the singer in his prior attempts at a gospel career. Later live renditions of the song by the band, however, were generally much more sparse and toned down, certainly until the final chorus arrived, when the rest of the band would join in (see video below to see a 2007 rendition). The Johnny Cash Museum, located in one of Cash's properties in Hendersonville until 2006, dubbed the House of Cash, was sold based on Cash's will. “Hurt” is an elegy recorded by a man facing his own mortality. Every line reveals the depth of Cash’s reflections and his private reckoning. Base self, chorus: 5. He is who he is and can't change himself. As a final note, I would like to address the fact that I am, by no means, a NIN fan-boy. This is the story of how the Johnny Cash video “Hurt” came into being. Hurt is a powerful song. However, JC does a lovely cover, even Trent was taken aback. Awesome singer who shaped rock and roll what it is today. Our development can be broken into different stages, starting when we are born and ending when we die. JOHNNY CASH: "HURT" (2003)"Hurt" is a song by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails from their second studio… Posted by Classic Rock Photos on Thursday, May 3, 2018 The slow-moving lyrics in “Hurt” give a strong nod to self-harm and heroin addiction. And his regret for the things he did, and failed to do consuming all his thoughts. The setting inspired Romanek to use the house as a metaphor for Cash’s declining health and vitality. It's upsetting to me that the Cash rendition gets as much credit as it does. .. RIP Johnny Cash .... LOVE you Trent. Every experience that he’d ever had was just his empire of dirt that he’d created. goes away in the end". But, "my sweetest friend" was the beginning of the answer to the protagonist's question. Even his last album kicked ass. /* TFP - lyricinterpretations */ This song makes me think of Erik Erikson's stages of psychosocial development. I hate when online "journalists" write articals and don't edit them for grammar and spelling mistakes. Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor was slightly more doubtful, as Radio X notes. He realizes that he built an "empire of dirt" and valued all the wrong things. Full of broken thoughts I cannot repair." As his friends pass away and death approaches him he is realizing how much he lied to himself over the years. 1. “I think therefore I am” adunit_id: 100001411, The song clearly includes references to self-harm and heroin addiction, although the overall meaning of the song is disputed. Cash was a fantastic singer and amazingly talentled, but when it comes to this song...he can't touch it. "If I could start again, a million miles away, I would keep myself, I would find a way." Trent Reznor was a friend of Rubin’s, but when Rubin rang him to ask if Cash could cover the song, Reznor said that he was very flattered, but sceptical of the artistic value of the idea. Johnny Cash’s deconstruction of Reznor’s song accounts for this dramatic shift in meaning. Well, I can offer my two cents, but first you must know that its not Johnny Cashes song! It was his home that was destroyed by fire, not the museum. “Trent Reznor was born to write that song, but Johnny Cash was born to sing it, and Mark Romanek was born to film it.” Bono. And his regret for the things he did, and failed to do consuming all his thoughts. He lost himself to dirt and if he could have his time again, he would do his life differently and be honest with himself (instead of kidding himself on the Liar's Chair and doing drugs). Born in the UK, he now lives in Florida. song: "Hurt", When someone says “Johnny Cash” and “Nine Inch Nails” in the same sentence, combined with references to songs that talk about someone cutting himself and lamenting his “empire of dirt, … Where he's there for his loved ones and himself. He’d made all of this, purely to distract himself from the crippling loneliness of his own consciousness. “Hurt” was written by Trent Reznor of the industrial rock band, Nine Inch Nails and was described by him as being, “a track I wrote in my bedroom at a black moment.” The song was made into a promotional single, but never released to the general public, until it appeared on the Nine Inch Nails 1994 album, “Downward Spiral”. All the other ideas of what the song meant was great, but if you actually know a thing or two about the artist you'll know it's not about the majority of what you're typing paragraphs about. This desperation is implied in the last two lines of this verse: "I will let you down / I will make you hurt" meaning: Listen to his immortal Junkie's prayer. The song, "Hurt" has since become the unofficial epitaph of Johnny Cash for many people. The song is considered by many to be one of his saddest songs ever, with a video to match. He wants the listeners to know the mistakes he had made and wants us to learn from them. Diabetes consuming his body. Charwinger21 (CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons). Protagonist, verse 2: The outro says it all. Meaning of Johnny Cash. We are one consciousness experiencing itself. Try to kill it all away but I remember everything"). He has lost everyone due to his life choices, although he has remarried, his ex-wife, his children, and even his current wife are all different people and grew to be better people in their lifetime, while Johnny has nothing but an empty shell of himself. I LOVED the Johnny Cash version of this song. Drugs/drug addiction In the end, when you ignore the video that CASH DID NOT CREATE and pay attention only to their voice and performance, the original will always win, as nothing can match the pain that created it. It was as heart crushing as much as NIN's version. This song is about his regrets in life. Rick Rubin in 2006. Prior to recording and releasing Hurt in 2002, Cash of course had a long and storied career. Paula Andrea, MA from www.mode of cosmic therapy.com on August 02, 2011: I can not emphasize enough how much the behind the scenes information clips and written material you presented meant to me. What does Johnny Cash mean? He was found nearly dead due to a drug overdose and had lost the most important thing: himself. "Hurt" – a song on Nine Inch Nails' 1994 release The Downward Spiral – came to the attention of the country legend Johnny Cash in 2002, through a … All lyrics are property and copyright of their owners. Bravo! Cash knew deep emotional pain. The NIN version is much more directly about drugs (heroin to be specific). Johnny Cash remained devoted to his faith despite drug woes, was nearly killed by an ostrich, book reveals. artist: "Johnny Cash", In the 1960s, Johnny was hardly around for his wife and daughters and soon got a divorce due to his non-attendance. Prior to this, having been closed for a number of years, the museum had been featured in Cash's music video for "Hurt". I think this song is the musings of an old man who regrets the life he lived... Is the voice of the protagonist. His passing followed the unexpected bereavement of his beloved wife, June, less than four months earlier. In 2011 NME named the music video for Cash’s Hurt the best video of all time. I would keep myself. He covered it, as it was originally written and sung by Nine Inch Nails. Soooooo annoying. Song meanings ©2003-2021 lyricinterpretations.com. Hurt-Johnny Cash? Johnny Cash was a drug addict. Johnny Cash had been working with record producer, Rick Rubin since the first of his highly successful “American” series of albums. Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on March 06, 2011: This song brings back memories of my Southern Mom/ it will be a year in May...to me, the very best song Johnny ever did. It’s not Johnny’s song. Coolmon2009 from Texas, USA on February 23, 2011: I enjoyed reading your article. He became a Christian when he was only 12. After years of deluding himself he realizes his thoughts, his entire way of seeing the world is "broken", and his brain has lost the ability to fix it. You are not me, I am me. The House of Cash museum and Johnny's home of 30 years were different buildings. "Hurt" was an intensely personal thing he had written during a period of severe depression, and he initially perceived the idea of a Johnny Cash version as "gimmicky." The only thing he feels is "the old familiar sting" of his memories and empty shell of himself. without the original we wouldn't have Cash's and without Cash's we wouldn't hear the original played nearly as much...I hear them both about the same frequency on my local metal station...and I'm glad, what in the world is K talking about. Cash's "Hurt" resounded with older and younger fans in part because of its powerful music video. Music industry professionals such as Trent Reznor, Rick Rubin, and Mark Romanek all played crucial roles in bringing about the song and video’s birth. If you aren't careful you will waste your life like he did and have an empire of dirt left behind. Much of the footage showing the younger Cash was found by Romanek in the archive room at the “House of Cash”. The thing about a crown of thorns is that it slowly tears away at your head until it gets into your skull and destroys your ability to think straight again. Perhaps it is this change that has people speculating the meaning of the song. He was likely referring to his fans and the people who orbited him when he was popular. He spent all his time chasing fame to make him happy, but it never happened. From someone who has an ongoing battle of clinical depression, it is easier to feel in essence of the power of persuasion of peoples darkness. "And you could have it all I know. And specially when he says "You could have it all... My empire of dirt" its clear that all this that he has means nothing in the longer run. Time running out on his remaining earthly days, his strength dissipated and spent. Hurt has come to symbolise the twilight years of the late-great Johnny Cash – who would have been celebrating his 86th birthday today … Reznor was still not convinced by Cash covering the song though and was unimpressed when he first heard the recording. All lyrics provided for educational purposes only. Self worth Impact of a parent who’s damaged goods! "Hurt" expresses a level of emotional pain Cash never knew, one that he simply cannot emulate. In any case: GREAT LYRICS! Hope you're safe and happy wherever you are Johhny. Away from the importance. The song is about the following; (Listen to Sunday Morning Sidewalk while you're at it.). Now he feels he has nothing but pain. It was included on NIN ‘s 1994 album, Downward Spiral. Crown and thrown, trappings of misspent life or transient pleasures. The verse is always the voice of the protagonist. [I felt like] I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn't mine anymore… It really made me think about how powerful music is as a medium and art form. How arrogant and uninformed. My interpretation--it's the Liar's Chair--We are all sinners/and liars--it's beautiful how true it is to admit to be a liar--before GOD-before you die--which is true when you meet your maker. I assume the last lines "I would keep myself, I would find a way" means he would still make the same choices even if given another chance. Likely, he was so caught up in receiving external validation and escaping from his pain ("I focus on the pain") that he couldn't get in touch with his inner self and build a life he valued. Paul Goodman (author) from Florida USA on February 23, 2011: I've watched the video many times and it always blows me away, so writing this hub was a labor of love for me! While everything may be fake, he knows he is real. I understood everything, his pain and I'm every time thinking at this song. How drugs took a toll on himself and those around him. He set out from the start to try to capture the essence of Cash, contrasting the cocky younger singer with the increasingly frail 71 year old man that Cash had become (Cash was already suffering a severe health decline by this time and would die seven months after the video was made). Rick Rubin, producer of Cash's American series and a friend of Reznor's, suggested the song to Cash. Paul promoted, played and sang in many music bands during his teenage years and twenties. Although an unlikely combination on the surface, Cash and Rubin were a strong creative combination, with Rubin persuading Cash to step outside of his comfort area in regard to both song recording and the type of live concerts he would play (the memorable Glastonbury Festival 1994 being an example). He knows that no matter what he would have still hurt the people in his life. This is one of their only songs that I regularly listen to, and I've heard a large amount of Cash's work. The chorus is always the voice of the "other". Hurt violates this slightly. He still tries to numb his pain with drugs but it is futile ("the needle tears a hole, the old familiar sting. document.write('
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