Johnny Cash: The Man Comes Around

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Johnny Cash


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I am persuaded that nothing can separate me from my love of my God, my wife, and my music. Life is rich when I can come home, after hours in the studio, feeling as frayed as a hundred Big G strings, and curl up to June Carter. She’s a soft, fluffy Mama Bear. That’s when I give God a “Thanks a lot, Chief,” sometimes in the morning I’ll say ”Good Morning” to the Awesome Presence, but sometimes I forget to. Home from the studio, or to the hotel from the studio, depending on where I am, it seals the day’s work when I relate to June what I did that day. But the music never stops. It’s an unending loop through my brain. Over and over and over again. Finally my head settled on that one particular song, and won’t let go. I wrote and recorded “The Man Comes Around” early on in this project and for three or four months I recycled that song, over and over, until I’d have to get up out of bed, and turn on the radio. It worked for a while, but my inner playback system always went back to “the

Man Comes Around.” I spent more time on this song than any I ever wrote. It’s based, loosely, on the book of Revelation, with a couple of lines, or a chorus, from other biblical sources. I must have written three dozen pages of lyrics, then painfully weeded it down to the song you have here. The initial idea for the song came from a dream I had seven years ago. I was in Nottingham, England and had bought a book called “Dreaming of the Queen.” The book talked about the great number of people in that country who dream that they are with Queen Elizabeth II. I dreamed that I walked into Buckingham Palace, and there she sat, knitting or sewing. She had a basket of fabrics and lace. Another woman sat beside her, and they were talking and laughing. As I approached, the Queen looked up at me and said, “Johnny Cash! You’re like a thorn tree in a whirlwind.” Then of course, I awoke. I realized that “thorn tree in a whirlwind” sounded familiar to me. Eventually


I decided that it was biblical, and I found it in the book of Job. From there it grew into a song, and I started lifting things from the book of Revelation. It became “The Man Comes Around.” “Revelation” by its mere interpretation says that something ‘is revealed.’ I wish it were. The more I dug into the book the more I came to realize why it’s such a puzzle, even to many Theologians. Eventually I shuffled my papers, so to speak, drew out four or five pages, and wrote my lyrics. The fifteen songs that follow in this album take fifteen different directions. I hope you enjoy each one of them.


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SOME ARE BORN AND SOME ARE DYING

The Man Comes Around 10 † There’s a man going around taking names And he decides who to free and who to blame Everybody won’t be treated all the same There’ll be a golden ladder reaching down When the Man comes around The hairs on your arm will stand up At the terror in each sip and in each sup Will you partake of that last offered cup? Or disappear into the potter’s ground When the Man comes around Hear the trumpets, hear the pipers One hundred million angels singing Multitudes are marching to the big kettledrum Voices calling, voices crying Some are born and some are dying It’s Alpha and Omega’s kingdom come

And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree The virgins are all trimming their wicks The whirlwind is in the thorn tree It’s hard for thee to kick against the pricks Till Armageddon no shalam, no shalom Then the father hen will call his chickens home The wise man will bow down before the thrown And at His feet they’ll cast their golden crowns When the Man comes around Whoever is unjust let him be unjust still Whoever is righteous let him be righteous still Whoever is filthy let him be filthy still Listen to the words long written down When the Man comes around

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† 11 Hear the trumpets, hear the pipers One hundred million angels singing Multitudes are marching to the big kettledrum Voices calling and voices crying Some are born and some are dying It’s Alpha and Omega’s kingdom come And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree The virgins are all trimming their wicks The whirlwind is in the thorn tree It’s hard for thee to kick against the pricks In measured hundred weight and penny pound When the Man comes around.


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Hurt

† 13 I hurt myself today To see if I still feel I focus on the pain The only thing that’s real The needle tears a hole The old familiar sting Try to kill it all away But I remember everything

I wear this crown of thorns Upon my liar’s chair Full of broken thoughts I cannot repair Beneath the stains of time The feelings disappear You are someone else I am still right here

What have I become My sweetest friend Everyone I know goes away In the end And you could have it all My empire of dirt I will let you down I will make you hurt

What have I become My sweetest friend Everyone I know goes away In the end And you could have it all My empire of dirt I will let you down I will make you hurt If I could start again A million miles away I would keep myself I would find a way


Give My Love To Rose 14 † I found him by the railroad track this morning I could see that he was nearly dead I knelt down beside him and I listened Just to hear the words the dying fellow said He said they let me out of prison down in Frisco For ten long years I’ve paid for what I’ve done I was trying to get back to Louisiana To see my Rose and get to know my son [Chorus:] Give my love to Rose please won’t you mister Take her all my money, tell her to buy some pretty clothes Tell my boy his daddy’s so proud of him And don’t forget to give my love to Rose Tell them I said thanks for waiting for me Tell my boy to help his mom at home

Tell my Rose to try to find another For it ain’t right that she should live alone Mister here’s a bag with all my money It won’t last them long the way it goes God bless you for finding me this morning And don’t forget to give my love to Rose [Chorus: Give my love to Rose please won’t you mister Take her all my money, tell her to buy some pretty clothes Tell my boy his daddy’s so proud of him And don’t forget to give my love to Rose


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Bridge Over Troubled Water † 19 When you’re weary, feeling small, When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all; I’m on your side. When times get rough And friends just can’t be found, Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down. When you’re down and out, When you’re on the street, When evening falls so hard I will comfort you I’ll take your part When darkness comes And pain is all around, Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down

Sail on silvergirl, Sail on by Your time has come to shine All your dreams are on their way See how they shine If you need a friend I’m sailing right behind Like a bridge over troubled water I will ease your mind Like a bridge over troubled water I will ease your mind

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I FELT THE POWER OF DEATH OVER LIFE

Hung My Head

20 † Early one morning With time to kill I borrowed Jebb’s rifle And sat on a hill I saw a lone rider Crossing the plain I drew a bead on him To practice my aim

My brother’s rifle Went into the sheen I kept on running Into the south lands That’s where they found me My head and my hands The sheriff he asked me Why had I run

My brother’s rifle Went off in my hand A shot rang out Across the land The horse, he kept running The rider was dead

And then it came to me Just what I had done And all for no reason Just one peace of lead I hung my head I hung my head

I hung my head I hung my head

Here in the court house The whole town was there I see the judge High up in the chair

I set off running To wake from the dream


† 21 Explain to the court room What went through you mind And we’ll ask the jury What verdict they find I felt the power Of death over life I orphaned his children I widowed his wife I begged their forgiveness I wish I was dead I hung my head I hung my head I hung my head I hung my head Early one morning With time to kill I see the gallows Up on a hill And out in the distance A trick of the brain

I see a lone rider Crossing the plain And he’d come to fetch me To see what they’d done And we’d ride together To kingdom come I prayed for god’s mercy For soon I’d be dead I hung my head I hung my head I hung my head I hung my head

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First Time Ever I Saw Your Face †23 The first time ever I saw your face I thought the sun rose in your eyes And the moon and stars were the gifts you gave To the dark and the endless sky my love

And the first time ever I lay with you I felt your heart so close to mine

And the first time ever I kissed your mouth I felt the earth move through my hands. Like the trembling heart of a captive bird That was there at my command

The first time ever I saw your face

And I know our joy would fill the earth And last till the end of time, my love.


YOU NEED TO CONFESS

Personal Jesus

24 † Your own, personal, Jesus someone to hear your prayers, someone who cares Your own, personal, Jesus someone to hear your prayers, someone who’s there Feeling unknown and you’re all alone, flesh and bone, by the telephone, lift up the receiver, I’ll make you a believer


† 25 Take second best, put me to the test, things on your chest, you need to confess, I will deliver, you know I’m a forgiver Reach out and touch faith Reach out and touch faith Your own, personal, Jesus someone to hear your prayers, someone who cares

Feeling unknown and you’re all alone, flesh and bone, by the telephone, lift up the receiver, I’ll make you a believer I will deliver, you know I’m a forgiver Reach out and touch faith Reach out and touch faith Reach out and touch faith Reach out and touch faith

Your own, personal, Jesus someone to hear your prayers, someone to care

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In My Life

† 27 There are places I’ll remember All my life Though some have changed Some forever Not for better Some have gone and some remain All these places have their moments With lovers and friends I still can recall Some are dead and some are living In my life I’ve loved them all But if all these friends and lovers There is no one Compares with you And these memories Lose their meaning When I think of love As something new

Though I know I’ll never lose affection For people and things that went before I know I’ll often stop and think about them In my life I love you more Though I know I’ll never lose affection For people and things that went before I know I’ll often stop and think about them In my life I love you more In my life I love you more


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Sam Hall

† 31 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


Danny Boy

32 † Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling From glen to glen, and down the mountain side The summer’s gone, and all the flowers are dying ‘Tis you, ‘tis you must go and I must bide But come ye back when summer’s in the meadow Or when the valley’s hushed and white with snow ‘Tis I’ll be here in sunshine or in shadow Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so.

And if you come, when all the flowers are dying And I am dead, as dead I well may be You’ll come and find the place where I am lying And kneel and say an “Ave” there for me And I shall hear, tho’ soft you tread above me And all my dreams will warm and sweeter be If you’ll not fail to tell me that you love me I’ll simply sleep in peace until you come to me I’ll simply sleep in peace until you come to me


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34 † Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses? You been out ridin’ fences for so long now Oh, you’re a hard one, But I know that you’ve got your reasons These things that are pleasin’ you Can hurt you somehow Don’t you draw the queen of diamonds, boy She’ll beat you if she’s able Know the queen of hearts is always your best bet Now it seems to me, some fine things, Have been laid upon your table But you only want the things that you can’t get

Desperado, oh, you ain’t gettin’ no younger Your pain and your hunger They’re drivin’ you home. And freedom, oh freedom, Well, that’s just some people talkin’ Your prison is walking, Through this world all alone And don’t your feet get cold in the winter time? The sky won’t snow, the sun won’t shine It’s hard to tell the night time from the day You’re loosin’ all your highs and lows Ain’t it funny how the feeling, Goes away?


WHY DON’T YOU COME TO YOUR SENSES

Desperado

† 35 Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses? Come down from your fences, and open the gate It may be rainin’, but there’s a rainbow above you You better let somebody love you, You better let somebody love you, You better let somebody love you, Before it’s too late.

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I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry 36 † Hear that 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 his will to live I’m so lonesome I could cry

[Instrumental break] 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 I’m so lonesome I could cry


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40 † I’m gonna write a tear stained letter, I’m gonna mail it straight to you. I’m gonna bring back to your mind, What you said about always bein’ true. Bout our secret hidin’ places; Bein’ daily satisfied. I can see you sittin’ and readin’ it, While you hang you head and cry. I just hope you’re not so sad, You’re gonna go down suicide. I’m gonna write a tear stained letter: Put it special delivery. ‘Cause it’s gonna be full of stuff, That’s only known to you and me. ‘Bout how every time I get turned on, You turn me off and bring me down. It’ll be about the darkest news, That ever did arrive in your hometown. It’ll be about the saddest thing, Your mailman ever did bring around. I’m gonna write a tear stained letter, I’m gonna tell you one more time.


IT’LL BE ABOUT THE SADDEST THING

Tear Stained Letter † 41 That you still could reconsider, And come back to bein’ mine. An’ if you think about what I’m sayin’, It’d be hard to refuse. Just be sure you think a long time, On the answer that you choose. It will be a most important piece, Of personal, private news. [Instrumental break] I’m gonna write a tear stained letter: Mark it “Personal Private News.” An’ I hope you’ll keep it to yourself, An’ don’t go ‘round cryin’ the blues. Givin’ off a bad impression, As to what went really wrong. When what it was was that suddenly, The music was all gone. And this man and this woman got cut off,

In the middle of our song. I’m gonna write wa tear stained letter: I’m gonna put it to a tune. So I’ll be sendin’ with it, A sweet melody for you. And not some red-hot, upbeat zinger, That’ll set your body on fire. But a hunk of love included, Meant to take you a little higher. And to settle on your sweet, sweet mind, At night when you retire. I’m gonna write a tear stained letter.

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YOU NEED TO CONFESS

Streets Of Laredo 42 † As I walked out on the streets of Laredo As I walked out on Laredo one day, I spied a poor cowboy wrapped in white linen, Wrapped in white linen as cold as the clay “I can see by your outfit that you are a cowboy” These words he did say as I boldly walked by “Come an’ sit down beside me an’ hear my sad story “I’m shot in the breast an’ I know I must die” “It was once in the saddle, I used to go dashing “Once in the saddle, I used to go gay “First to the card-house and then down to Rose’s “But I’m shot in the breast and I’m dying today”


† 43 “Get six jolly cowboys to carry my coffin “Six dance-hall maidens to bear up my pall “Throw bunches of roses all over my coffin “Roses to deaden the clods as they fall” “Then beat the drum slowly, play the Fife lowly “Play the dead march as you carry me along “Take me to the green valley, lay the sod o’er me, “I’m a young cowboy and I know I’ve done wrong” “Then go write a letter to my grey-haired mother, “An’ tell her the cowboy that she loved has gone “But please not one word of the man who had killed me “Don’t mention his name and his name will pass on”

When thus he had spoken, the hot sun was setting The streets of Laredo grew cold as the clay We took the young cowboy down to the green valley, And there stands his marker, we made, to this day We beat the drum slowly and played the Fife lowly, Played the dead march as we carried him along Down in the green valley, laid the sod o’er him He was a young cowboy and he said he’d done wrong

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44 † We’ll meet again Don’t know where, Don’t know when But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day Keep smilin’ thru just like you always do ‘Til the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away And will you please say hello to the folks that I know Tell’em that I won’t be long And they’ll be happy to know That when you saw me go I was singing this song


KEEP SMILIN’ THRU JUST LIKE YOU ALWAYS DO

We’ll Meet Again † 45 We’ll meet again Don’t know where Don’t know when

And would you please say hello to all the folks that I know And tell’em I won’t be long

But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day

They’ll be happy to know that when you saw me go I was singing this song [With Choir:] We’ll meet again Don’t know where, Don’t know when But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day

[Spoken:] Yeah we’ll meet again I don’t know where And I don’t know when, but I do know That we’ll meet again Some sunny day [Spoken:] So Honey, keep on smilin’ thru, just like you always do ‘Til the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away

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“I wear this crown of thorns” 48 † THE MAN COMES AROUND There’s a man going around taking names. And he decides who to free and who to blame. Everybody won’t be treated all the same. There’ll be a golden ladder reaching down. When the Man comes around. The hairs on your arm will stand up. At the terror in each sip and in each sup. Will you partake of that last offered cup, or disappear into the potter’s ground. When the Man comes around. Hear the trumpets, hear the pipers. One hundred million angels singing. Multitudes are marching to the big kettledrum. Voices calling, voices crying. Some are born and some are dying. It’s Alpha and Omega’s kingdom come. And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree. The virgins are all trimming their wicks. The whirlwind is in the thorn tree. It’s hard for thee to kick against the pricks. Till Armageddon no shalam, no shalom. Then the father hen will call his chickens home. The wise man will bow down before the thrown. And at His

feet they’ll cast their golden crowns. When the Man comes around. Whoever is unjust let him be unjust still. Whoever is righteous let him be righteous still. Whoever is filthy let him be filthy still. Listen to the words long written down. When the Man comes around. Hear the trumpets, hear the pipers. One hundred million angels singing. Multitudes are marching to the big kettledrum. Voices calling and voices crying. Some are born and some are dying. It’s Alpha and Omega’s kingdom come. And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree. The virgins are all trimming their wicks. The whirlwind is in the thorn tree. It’s hard for thee to kick against the pricks. In measured hundred weight and penny pound. When the Man comes around. HURT I hurt myself today to see if I still feel. I focus on the pain. The only thing that’s real. The needle tears a hole. The old familiar sting. Try to kill it


† 49 all away, but I remember everything. What have I become, my sweetest friend. Everyone I know goes away, in the end and you could have it all, my empire of dirt. I will let you down I will make you hurt. I wear this crown of thorns upon my liar’s chair full of broken thoughts I cannot repair. Beneath the stains of time the feelings disappear. You are someone else I am still right here. What have I become my sweetest friend. Everyone I know goes away in the end. And you could have it all, my empire of dirt I will let you down. I will make you hurt. If I could start again a million miles away I would keep myself. I would find a way. GIVE MY LOVE TO ROSE I found him by the railroad track this morning. I could see that he was nearly dead. I knelt down beside him and I listened. Just to hear the words the dying fellow said. He said they let me out of prison down in Frisco. For ten long years I’ve paid for what I’ve done. I was trying to get back


50 † to Louisiana. To see my Rose and get to know my son. Give my love to Rose please won’t you mister. Take her all my money, tell her to buy some pretty clothes. Tell my boy his daddy’s so proud of him. And don’t forget to give my love to Rose

When times get rough. And friends just can’t be found, Like a bridge over troubled water. I will lay me down. Like a bridge over troubled water. I will lay me down.

“God bless you for finding me this morning” Tell them I said thanks for waiting for me. Tell my boy to help his mom at home. Tell my Rose to try to find another. For it ain’t right that she should live alone. Mister here’s a bag with all my money. It won’t last them long the way it goes. God bless you for finding me this morning. And don’t forget to give my love to Rose. Give my love to Rose please won’t you mister. Take her all my money, tell her to buy some pretty clothes. Tell my boy his daddy’s so proud of him. And don’t forget to give my love to Rose. BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER When you’re weary, feeling small, When tears are in your eyes, I will dry. Them all;. I’m on your side.

When you’re down and out, When you’re on the street, When evening falls so hard. I will comfort you. I’ll take your part. When darkness comes. And pain is all around, Like a bridge over troubled water. I will lay me down. Like a bridge over troubled water. I will lay me down. Sail on silver girl, Sail on by. Your time has come to shine. All your dreams are on their way. See how they shine. If you need a friend. I’m sailing right behind. Like a bridge over troubled water. I will ease your mind. Like a bridge over troubled water. I will ease your mind. HUNG MY HEAD

Early one morning. With time to kill. I borrowed Jebb’s rifle. And sat on a hill. I saw a lone rider. Crossing the plain. I drew a bead on him. To


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52 † practice my aim. My brother’s rifle, went off in my hand. A shot rang out. Across the land. The horse, he kept running. The rider was dead. I hung my head. I hung my head. I set off running. To wake from the dream. My brother’s rifle. Went into the sheen. I kept on running. Into the south lands. That’s where they found me. My head and my hands. The sheriff he asked me. Why had I run. And then it came to me. Just what I had done. And all for no reason. Just one peace of lead. I hung my head. I hung my head. Here in the court house. The whole town was there. I see the judge. High up in the chair. Explain to the court room. What went through you mind. And we’ll ask the jury, what verdict they find. I felt the power. Of death over life. I orphaned his children. I widowed his wife. I begged their forgiveness. I wish I was dead. I hung my head. I hung my head. I hung my head. I hung my head.


“My head in my hands” † 53 Early one morning. With time to kill. I see the gallows. Up on a hill. And out in the distance. A trick of the brain. I see a lone rider. Crossing the plain. And he’d come to fetch me. To see what they’d done. And we’d ride together. To kingdom come. I prayed for god’s mercy. For soon I’d be dead. I hung my head. I hung my head. I hung my head. I hung my head. FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE The first time ever I saw your face, I thought the sun rose in your eyes. And the moon and stars were the gifts you gave, To the dark and the endless sky, my love. And the first time ever I kissed your mouth, I felt the earth move through my hands. Like the trembling heart of a captive bird. That was there at my command. And the first time ever I lay with you, I felt your heart so close to mine. And I know our joy would fill the earth, And last till the end of time, my love. The first time ever I saw your face.

PERSONAL JESUS Your own, personal, Jesus. Someone to hear your prayers, someone who cares. Your own, personal, Jesus. Someone to hear your prayers, someone who’s there. Feeling unknown. And you’re all alone, flesh and bone, by the telephone, lift up the receiver, I’ll make you a believer. Take second best, put me to the test, things on your chest, you need to confess, i will deliver, you know I’m a forgiver. Reach out and touch faith. Reach out and touch faith. Your own, personal, Jesus. someone to hear your prayers, someone who cares. Your own, personal, Jesus. someone to hear your prayers, someone to care. Feeling unknown. and you’re all alone, flesh and bone, by the telephone, lift up the receiver, I’ll make you a believer. I will deliver, you know I’m a forgiver. Reach out and touch faith. Reach out and touch faith. Reach out and touch faith. Reach out and touch faith.


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† 55 IN MY LIFE There are places I’ll remember. All my life. Though some have changed. Some forever. Not for better. Some have gone and some remain. All these places have their moments. With lovers and friends. I still can recall. Some are dead and some are living. In my life. I’ve loved them all. But if all these friends and lovers. There is no one Compares with you. And these memories. Lose their meaning. When I think of love. As something new. Though I know I’ll never lose affection. For people and things that went before. I know I’ll often stop and think about them. In my life. I love you more. Though I know I’ll never lose affection. For people and things that went before. I know I’ll often stop and think about them. In my life. I love you more. In my life. I love you more. SAM HALL 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! 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,


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58 † an’ I’ll see you all in hell. An’ I’ll see you all in hell, Damn your eyes.

I’M SO LONESOME I COULD CRY

“God bless you for finding me this morning” DANNY BOY

Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling. From glen to glen, and down the mountain side. The summer’s gone, and all the flowers are dying. ‘Tis you, ‘tis you must go and I must bide. But come ye back when summer’s in the meadow. Or when the valley’s hushed and white with snow. ‘Tis I’ll be here in sunshine or in shadow. Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so. And if you come, when all the flowers are dying. And I am dead, as dead I well may be. You’ll come and find the place where I am lying. And kneel and say an “Ave” there for me. And I shall hear, tho’ soft you tread above me. And all my dreams will warm and sweeter be. If you’ll not fail totell me that you love me. I’ll simply sleep in peace until you come to me. I’ll simply sleep inpeace until you come to me.

Hear that 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 his 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. I’m so lonesome I could cry. DESPERADO

Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses? You been out ridin’ fences for so long now. Oh, you’re a hard one, But I know that you’ve got your reasons. These things that are pleasin’ you, Can hurt you somehow. Don’t you draw the queen of diamonds, boy, She’ll beat you if she’s able. Know the queen of hearts is always your best bet. Now


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60 † it seems to me, some fine things, Have been laid upon your table. But you only want the things that you can’t get.

walked out on Laredo one day, I spied a poor cowboy wrapped in white linen, Wrapped in white linen as cold as the clay.

Desperado, oh, you ain’t gettin’ no younger: Your pain and your hunger, they’re drivin’ you home. And freedom, oh freedom, Well, that’s just some people talkin’ Your prison is walking, Through this world all alone. And don’t your feet get cold in the winter time? The sky won’t snow, the sun won’t shine It’s hard to tell the night time from the day You’re loosin’ all your highs and lows Ain’t it funny how the feeling, Goes away?

“I can see by your outfit that you are a cowboy.” These words he did say as I boldly walked by. “Come an’ sit down beside me an’ hear my sad story. “I’m shot in the breast an’ I know I must die.”

Desperado, why don’t you come to your senses? Come down from your fences, and open the gate It may be rainin’, but there’s a rainbow above you, You better let somebody love you, You better let somebody love you, You better let somebody love you, Before it’s too late.

“Get six jolly cowboys to carry my coffin. “Six dance-hall maidens to bear up my pall. “Throw bunches of roses all over my coffin. “Roses to deaden the clods as they fall.”

STREETS OF LAREDO As I walked out on the streets of Laredo. As I

“It was once in the saddle, I used to go dashing. “Once in the saddle, I used to go gay. “First to the card-house and then down to Rose’s. “But I’m shot in the breast and I’m dying today.”

“Then beat the drum slowly, play the Fife lowly. “Play the dead march as you carry me along. “Take me to the green valley, lay the sod o’er me, “I’m a young cowboy and I know I’ve done wrong.” “Then go write a letter to my grey-haired mother,


† 61 “An’ tell her the cowboy that she loved has gone. “But please not one word of the man who had killed me. “Don’t mention his name and his name will pass on.” When thus he had spoken, the hot sun was setting. The streets of Laredo grew cold as the clay. We took the young cowboy down to the green valley, And there stands his marker, we made, to this day. We beat the drum slowly and played the Fife lowly, Played the dead march as we carried him along. Down in the green valley, laid the sod o’er him. He was a young cowboy and he said he’d done wrong. TEAR STAINED LETTER I’m gonna write a tear stained letter, I’m gonna mail it straight to you. I’m gonna bring back to your mind, What you said about always bein’ true. Bout our secret hidin’ places;. Bein’ daily satisfied. I can see you sittin’ and readin’ it, While you hang you head and cry. I just hope you’re not so sad, You’re gonna go down suicide.


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“The silence of a falling star lights up a purple sky”


† 63 I’m gonna write a tear stained letter: Put it special delivery. ‘Cause it’s gonna be full of stuff, That’s only known to you and me. ‘Bout how every time I get turned on, You turn me off and bring me down. It’ll be about the darkest news, That ever did arrive in your hometown. It’ll be about the saddest thing, Your mailman ever did bring around. I’m gonna write a tear stained letter, I’m gonna tell you one more time. That you still could reconsider, And come back to bein’ mine. An’ if you think about what I’m sayin’, It’d be hard to refuse. Just be sure you think a long time, On the answer that you choose. It will be a most important piece, Of personal, private news. I’m gonna write a tear stained letter: Mark it “Personal Private News.” An’ I hope you’ll keep it to yourself, An’ don’t go ‘round cryin’ the blues. Givin’ off a bad impression, As to what went really wrong. When what it was was that suddenly, The music was all gone. And this man and this woman got cut off, In the middle of our song.

I’m gonna write a tear stained letter. I’m gonna put it to a tune. So I’ll be sendin’ with it, A sweet melody for you. And not some red-hot, upbeat zinger, That’ll set your body on fire. But a hunk of love included, Meant to take you a little higher. And to settle on your sweet, sweet mind, At night when you retire. I’m gonna write a tear stained letter. WE’LL MEET AGAIN We’ll meet again. Don’t know where, Don’t know when. But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day. Keep smilin’ thru just like you always do. ‘Til the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away. And will you please say hello to the folks that i know. Tell’em that I won’t be long And they’ll be happy to know. That when you saw me go I was singing this song. We’ll meet again. Don’t know where, Don’t know when. But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day. Yeah we’ll meet again. I don’t know where. And I don’t know when, but I do know. That we’ll


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66 † meet again Some sunny day. So Honey, keep on smilin’ thru, just like you always do. ‘Til the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away. And would you please say hello to all the folks that I know. And tell’em I won’t be long. They’ll be happy to know that when you saw me go. I was singing this song. We’ll meet again. Don’t know where, Don’t know when. But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day.

“God bless you for finding me this morning”


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“Don’t know where, don’t know when”


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Honoring


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DAD

for introducing me to Cash

MOM

for introducing me to design

SONG WRITERS

Johnny Cash Trent Reznor Paul Simon Sting Ewan MacColl Martin Gore Lennon & McCartney Tex Ritter Frederick Weatherly Glenn Frey & Don Henley Hank Williams Hughie Charles & Ross Parker


The spirit of June Carter overshadows me tonight with the love she had for me and the love I have for her. We connect somewhere between here and Heaven. She came down for a short visit, I guess, from Heaven to visit with me tonight to give me courage and inspiration like she always has. She’s never been one for me except courage and inspiration. I thank God for June Carter. I love her with all my heart. 70 â€


June Carter





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