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Johnny Cash: A Ghost Rider, Still Stirring Souls
npr ^ | February 26, 2010

Posted on 02/26/2010 4:08:20 PM PST by JoeProBono

This week, a new Johnny Cash album — American Recordings VI: Ain't No Grave — was released to coincide with what would have been the music icon's 78th birthday. Today, we take a look back at the Man in Black, who spoke with Terry Gross in 1997.

Cash began recording albums and performing in the 1950s. His long romance with wife June Carter Cash, celebrated in the 2005 biopic Walk the Line, spanned five decades — from their early touring days to their rise as one of America's most popular country-music couples.

Cash recorded over 1,500 songs in his career, including such classic hits as "I Walk the Line," "Ring of Fire" and "A Boy Named Sue." He played several of his most popular songs, including "Folsom Prison Blues," at that maximum security facility in 1968. The album based on that performance hit the top slot on the country-music charts and revitalized Cash's career.

In the 1990s, Cash worked with rock producer Rick Rubin. The two collaborated on several critically acclaimed Grammy-winning albums — two of which have been released since Cash's death in 2003.


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: johnnycash; jpb

1 posted on 02/26/2010 4:08:20 PM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Sunday Morning Coming Down...my all time favorite by Mr. Cash...the man knew what he was singing about on this one...if you had been there you knew it and if you hadn’t, you knew you didn’t want to go.


2 posted on 02/26/2010 4:13:59 PM PST by jessduntno (They'll get my false teeth when they pry them from my sister's cold, dead mouth!)
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To: JoeProBono

The Man

3 posted on 02/26/2010 4:16:07 PM PST by Semper Mark (As graceful as a bulldozer and as subtle as a wrecking ball.)
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To: JoeProBono
I weep when I think of them. God Bless them.


4 posted on 02/26/2010 4:16:16 PM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Markos33

My daddy left home when I was three
And he didn’t leave much to ma and me
Just this old guitar and an empty bottle of booze.
Now, I don’t blame him cause he run and hid
But the meanest thing that he ever did
Was before he left, he went and named me “Sue.”

Well, he must o’ thought that is quite a joke
And it got a lot of laughs from a’ lots of folk,
It seems I had to fight my whole life through.
Some gal would giggle and I’d get red
And some guy’d laugh and I’d bust his head,
I tell ya, life ain’t easy for a boy named “Sue.”

Well, I grew up quick and I grew up mean,
My fist got hard and my wits got keen,
I’d roam from town to town to hide my shame.
But I made a vow to the moon and stars
That I’d search the honky-tonks and bars
And kill that man who gave me that awful name.

Well, it was Gatlinburg in mid-July
And I just hit town and my throat was dry,
I thought I’d stop and have myself a brew.
At an old saloon on a street of mud,
There at a table, dealing stud,
Sat the dirty, mangy dog that named me “Sue.”

Well, I knew that snake was my own sweet dad
From a worn-out picture that my mother’d had,
And I knew that scar on his cheek and his evil eye.
He was big and bent and gray and old,
And I looked at him and my blood ran cold
And I said: “My name is ‘Sue!’ How do you do!
Now your gonna die!!”

Well, I hit him hard right between the eyes
And he went down, but to my surprise,
He come up with a knife and cut off a piece of my ear.
But I busted a chair right across his teeth
And we crashed through the wall and into the street
Kicking and a’ gouging in the mud and the blood and the beer.

I tell ya, I’ve fought tougher men
But I really can’t remember when,
He kicked like a mule and he bit like a crocodile.
I heard him laugh and then I heard him cuss,
He went for his gun and I pulled mine first,
He stood there lookin’ at me and I saw him smile.

And he said: “Son, this world is rough
And if a man’s gonna make it, he’s gotta be tough
And I knew I wouldn’t be there to help ya along.
So I give ya that name and I said goodbye
I knew you’d have to get tough or die
And it’s the name that helped to make you strong.”

He said: “Now you just fought one hell of a fight
And I know you hate me, and you got the right
To kill me now, and I wouldn’t blame you if you do.
But ya ought to thank me, before I die,
For the gravel in ya guts and the spit in ya eye
Cause I’m the son-of-a-bitch that named you “Sue.’”

I got all choked up and I threw down my gun
And I called him my pa, and he called me his son,
And I came away with a different point of view.
And I think about him, now and then,
Every time I try and every time I win,
And if I ever have a son, I think I’m gonna name him
Bill or George! Anything but Sue! I still hate that name!


5 posted on 02/26/2010 4:17:55 PM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: JoeProBono

From just today...

“Johnny Cash was 10 billionth iTunes song download”

http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=%22johnny+cash%22%22itunes%22&ei=UTF-8&fr=yff35ck


6 posted on 02/26/2010 4:20:38 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: wardaddy; Black Agnes

Just because.


7 posted on 02/26/2010 4:21:02 PM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: jessduntno

you don’t write and sing a song like Sunday Morning Coming down unless you been there. Among other things, that’s what made him a great man.


8 posted on 02/26/2010 4:22:05 PM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Travis McGee

Lyrics written by the great Shel Siverstein.


9 posted on 02/26/2010 4:22:37 PM PST by TexasNative2000 (This seems like fairly decisive evidence that the dream can, in fact, die.)
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To: JoeProBono

Great post! My favorite Johnny cash tribute song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYI3SgTGmkQ

parsy, who is holding a cigarette lighter in the air!


10 posted on 02/26/2010 4:22:38 PM PST by parsifal (Abatis: Rubbish in front of a fort, to prevent the rubbish outside from molesting the rubbish inside)
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To: Travis McGee

Cash’s performance is great, but Kris Kristofferson wrote it.


11 posted on 02/26/2010 4:24:54 PM PST by Rocko
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To: Travis McGee

12 posted on 02/26/2010 4:26:00 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Travis McGee; JoeProBono
Boy named Sue - Great song. I always loved that one.

I keep this one on my profile page...

Delia's Gone

13 posted on 02/26/2010 4:26:13 PM PST by Semper Mark (As graceful as a bulldozer and as subtle as a wrecking ball.)
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Johnny Cash was 10 billionth iTunes song download Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Georgian wins $10,000 iTunes Gift Card

Sponsored by:

The other man in black, the late great Johnny Cash was the 10 billionth song download from iTunes Apple has announced.

Apple's iTunes Store hit the landmark on Wednesday.

The song "Guess Things Happen That Way," available on numerous compilations including a Johnny Cash iTunes Essentials collection, was sweet music to the ears of Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Georgia was purchased the song. Louie will receive a $10,000 iTunes Gift Card in return to no doubt cherry pick tracks from the iTunes 12 million songs plus library.

"We're grateful to all of our customers for helping us reach this amazing milestone," said Eddy Cue, Apple's vice president of Internet Services.

"We're proud that iTunes has become the number one music retailer in the world, and selling 10 billion songs is truly staggering."

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/022610-johnny-cash-was-10-billionth.html

14 posted on 02/26/2010 4:27:21 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: jessduntno

15 posted on 02/26/2010 4:27:22 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: ETL

16 posted on 02/26/2010 4:29:13 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

One of my favorites:

“Wanted Man”

[Written by Bob Dylan]

Wanted man in California,
Wanted man in Buffalo
Wanted man in Kansas City,
Wanted man in Ohio

Wanted man in Mississippi,
Wanted man in ol’ Cheyenne

Wherever you might look tonight you might see this wanted man

I might be in Colorado,
Or Georgia by the sea
Working for some man who may not know at all who I might be

If you ever see me coming and if you know who I am
Don’t you breathe it to nobody ‘cause you know I’m on the lamb

Wanted man by Lucy Watson,
Wanted man by Jeannie Brown
Wanted man by Nellie Johnson,
Wanted man in this next town

I’ve had all that I wanted of a lot of things I’ve had
And a lot more than I needed of some things that turned out bad

I got sidetracked in El Paso,
Stopped to get myself a map
Went the wrong way in Juarez with Juanita on my lap

Went to sleep in Shreveport,
Woke up in Abilene
Wonderin’ why I’m wanted at some town half way in between

Wanted man in Albuquerque,
Wanted man in Syracuse
Wanted man in Tallahassee,
Wanted man in Baton Rouge

There’s somebody set to grab me
Anywhere that I might be
And wherever you might look tonight
You might get a glimpse of me

Wanted man in California,
Wanted man in Buffalo
Wanted man in Kansas City,
Wanted man in Ohio

Wanted man in Mississippi,
Wanted man in ol’ Cheyenne

Wherever you might look tonight you might see this wanted man


17 posted on 02/26/2010 4:29:32 PM PST by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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To: parsifal

18 posted on 02/26/2010 4:31:34 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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Johnny Cash helps iTunes sell 10 billion songs; fans wear black for his birthday

Feb26, 2010

Nearly seven years after his death, Johnny Cash is still making waves in the music industry.

It was his song, "Guess Things Happen that Way," that was Apple iTunes' 10 billionth song sold. The song was bought on Wednesday by 71-year-old Louie Sulcer of Woodstock, Ga.

And in honor of Cash's birthday today, there's been an online movement supported by music producer Rick Rubin and the Cash family encouraging fans to wear black for the "Man in Black."

Cash also happens to have another CD coming out. "American VI: Ain't No Grave," will be released on Tuesday and will feature Cash's take on songs by Sheryl Crow and Kris Kristofferson among others.

Cash's long career brought him several times to the El Paso area for memorable concerts. His 1997 concert in Las Cruces was on one of his last tours before age and illness forced him off the road. The concert featured an eclectic mix of songs from "Ring of Honor" to Cash's take on Soundgarden's "Rusted Cage."

He was known for performing in prisons but Cash apparently only spent one night in a jail for a crime. He was arrested in October 1965 at the El Paso International Airport after U.S. Customs agents found hundreds of pep pills and tranquilizers in his luggage as he returned from a trip to Juarez.

Cash spent a night in the county jail and later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count, for which he paid a $1000 fine and received a 30-day suspended sentence.

Watch Cash's final interview before his death here.

http://www.kvia.com/global/story.asp?s=12052803&ClientType=Printable

19 posted on 02/26/2010 4:32:06 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: JoeProBono

“...just to watch him die........”

Yeah!!!!!(applause) from the Folsom prison concert crowd


20 posted on 02/26/2010 4:39:03 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: JoeProBono
20 posts and nobody has mentioned Sun Recording Studio??
21 posted on 02/26/2010 4:42:10 PM PST by Former War Criminal (My senior Senator (who served in Vietnam) said so.)
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To: jessduntno; Travis McGee
Sunday Morning Coming Down

That song, which was written by Kris Kristofferson contains one of the greatest lines in country music:

Then I fumbled through my closet for my clothes,
And found my cleanest dirty shirt.

There is also a great story about that song, a story I had heard before but was not 100% certain of its validity until it was confirmed to me by a man who played bass guitar in Johnny Cash's band (I met him at a wedding).

It seems Kris Kristofferson wrote that song specifically with Johnny Cash in mind as the person who could make it a hit. He then talked a friend of his (who was an military Helicopter pilot) to take Kris for a ride. They flew to Johnny Cash's house (obviously Kristoferson had thought this out). He then had the pilot land the chopper in Cash's back yard. Johnny was not there, but June was. Naturally she comes out to see who it is. Kristoferson, who was an unknown at the time, stepped out, introduced himself to her, handed her the music and said, "This is for Mr. Cash, it is his next hit song."

It was.

There are other variations of the story, but that was how it was told to me.

22 posted on 02/26/2010 4:43:15 PM PST by Michael.SF. (At least Hitler got the Olympics for Germany)
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To: JoeProBono

Elvis has nothing on Cash, actually nobody has anything on Cash:)


23 posted on 02/26/2010 4:47:44 PM PST by Bulwyf
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To: Former War Criminal

24 posted on 02/26/2010 4:49:33 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

I bought my dad a copy of the first American Recordings one year for Christmas. He wanted Ramblin’ Jack Elliot version of Tennessee Stud and when I couldn’t find it I figured the Cash one would have to do. Wow, talk about a revelation. That album opened up a whole new world for me that I otherwise might never have been savvy to.


25 posted on 02/26/2010 4:50:54 PM PST by TheVitaminPress (as goes the Second Amendment . . . so goes the Constitution.)
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To: Former War Criminal; ETL; Travis McGee; JoeProBono
"20 posts and nobody has mentioned Sun Recording Studio??"

Sun Recording Artist - Johnny Cash

Classic CASH - 1959

26 posted on 02/26/2010 4:51:20 PM PST by Semper Mark (As graceful as a bulldozer and as subtle as a wrecking ball.)
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To: Michael.SF.

27 posted on 02/26/2010 4:55:52 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono
When Ronald Reagan was President we also had Bob Hope and Johnny Cash. Now we have Obama for President and no Hope and no Cash.
28 posted on 02/26/2010 4:59:08 PM PST by fish hawk
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To: Markos33
Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison
29 posted on 02/26/2010 5:02:43 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Travis McGee
"..I weep when I think of them. God Bless them.."

I tend to smile. In fact, I'm a little jealous. They chased their dreams and found a few. They faced their troubles and came out on top. God did bless them.

30 posted on 02/26/2010 5:08:42 PM PST by labette ( Humble student of Thinkology)
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To: fish hawk
Worth repeating!

When Ronald Reagan was President we also had Bob Hope and Johnny Cash. Now we have Obama for President and no Hope and no Cash.

31 posted on 02/26/2010 5:10:59 PM PST by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: JoeProBono

The best $9 tour in the world. And the parking really is free.


32 posted on 02/26/2010 5:11:34 PM PST by Former War Criminal (My senior Senator (who served in Vietnam) said so.)
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To: Bulwyf
Elvis has nothing on Cash

One of Evis' best recording sessions or albums was the "Sun Sessions", young, clear crisp, great voice.

Sam Phillips know just how good Elvis could be and knew he was much bigger then Sun records.

33 posted on 02/26/2010 5:22:05 PM PST by Michael.SF. (At least Hitler got the Olympics for Germany)
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To: Michael.SF.; cardinal4

Johnny Cash: U S Air Force Security Service Morse Intercept Operator!


34 posted on 02/26/2010 5:44:56 PM PST by Ax (I HOPE Obama will CHANGE back into a lizard before long.)
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To: fish hawk
When Ronald Reagan was President we also had Bob Hope and Johnny Cash. Now we have Obama for President and no Hope and no Cash.

Heh, heh, heh.

Seriously, it's my understanding that Johnny Cash was a liberal. I know that his circle of friends included a number of leftists such as Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. Plus he was against the Iraq War.

Here's a thread from several years back that I recalled upon reading today's posting and found it appropriate:

Why Hollywood Loves Johnny Cash—and not Merle Haggard

35 posted on 02/26/2010 5:56:03 PM PST by re_nortex
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To: JoeProBono
I always enjoyed Johnny Cash.

When he died I wrote Ghost Writers in Disguise in his honor.

His version of Ghost Riders in the Sky is a classic.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

36 posted on 02/26/2010 6:24:46 PM PST by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: JoeProBono

My current favorite Cash song: When the Man Comes Around.


37 posted on 02/26/2010 6:30:24 PM PST by TADSLOS (Tea Party. We are the party of NO! NO to more government! NO to more spending! NO to more taxation!)
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To: Michael.SF.

not saying Elvis didn’t accomplish a few things, but they pale in comparison to Cash ( imho ), of course folks will have different opinions and that’s what makes us interesting... for the most part, some opinions are downright scary heh


38 posted on 02/26/2010 6:33:50 PM PST by Bulwyf
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To: Markos33

Sun Recording included Elvis and alot of others. I have some of those old records.


39 posted on 02/26/2010 6:48:05 PM PST by handmade
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To: Travis McGee

I admit to being a Johnny Cash Fan but I always thought that Kris Kristofferson wrote this song.


40 posted on 02/26/2010 7:42:44 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: re_nortex
Plus he [Johnny Cash] was against the Iraq War.

So was Merle Haggard. He even wrote a song opposing the war.

____________________________________________

Coun­try music leg­end Merle Hag­gard has released a new song which calls for a US with­drawal from Iraq.

Lyrics:

Why don’t we lib­er­ate these United States,
We’re the ones that need it worst.
Let the rest of the world help us for a change,
And let’s rebuild Amer­ica first.

Our high­ways an’ bridges are fallin’ apart:
Who’s blessed an’ who has been cursed?
There’s things to be done all over the world,
But let’s rebuild Amer­ica first.

Who’s on the Hill and who’s watchin’ the val­ley?
An’ who’s in charge of it all?
God bless the army an’ God bless our lib­erty,
And back dump the rest of it all.

Yeah, men in posi­tion are backin’ away:
Free­dom is stuck in reverse.
Let’s get out of Iraq an’ get back on the track,
And let’s rebuild Amer­ica first.

Why don’t we lib­er­ate these United States,
We’re the ones who need it the most.
You think I’m blowin smoke? Boys it ain’t no joke.
I make twenty trips a year from coast to coast.

Watch the video clip and lis­ten to the song here (Real Player).


41 posted on 02/26/2010 8:41:23 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

Merle also endorsed John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. Let’s not forget that he wrote “Okie from Muskogee” for and about his father, as tongue-in-cheek tribute more than anything else.


42 posted on 02/26/2010 8:43:01 PM PST by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Clemenza

He also wrote this:

Fightin’ Side Of Me: Merle Haggard
Written by Merle Haggard.
(Tree Publishing Company)
From “Songs I’ll Always Sing”, 1976, Capitol Records.

I hear people talkin’ bad,
About the way we have to live here in this country,
Harpin’ on the wars we fight,
An’ gripin’ ‘bout the way things oughta be.
An’ I don’t mind ‘em switchin’ sides,
An’ standin’ up for things they believe in.
When they’re runnin’ down my country, man,
They’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.
Yeah, walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.
Runnin’ down the way of life,
Our fightin’ men have fought and died to keep.
If you don’t love it, leave it:
Let this song I’m singin’ be a warnin’.
If you’re runnin’ down my country, man,
You’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.
I read about some squirrely guy,
Who claims, he just don’t believe in fightin’.
An’ I wonder just how long,
The rest of us can count on bein’ free.
They love our milk an’ honey,
But they preach about some other way of livin’.
When they’re runnin’ down my country, hoss,
They’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.
Yeah, walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.
Runnin’ down the way of life,
Our fightin’ men have fought and died to keep.
If you don’t love it, leave it:
Let this song I’m singin’ be a warnin’.
If you’re runnin’ down my country, man,
You’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.
Yeah, walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.
Runnin’ down the way of life,
Our fightin’ men have fought and died to keep.
If you don’t love it, leave it:
Let this song I’m singin’ be a warnin’.
If you’re runnin’ down my country, man,
You’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.

Listen to it on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0n552gP9X40


43 posted on 02/26/2010 8:58:08 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL; Clemenza; fish hawk; JoeProBono
re_nortex:Plus he [Johnny Cash] was against the Iraq War.

ETL: So was Merle Haggard. He even wrote a song opposing the war.

I never cared for Johnny Cash's music, even dating back to the phrase ``...I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die'' from ``Folsom Prison Blues''. He was using language there that would later be a mainstay of rap. And ``Sunday Morning Coming Down'' is just another booze and drug song penned by the leftist Kris Kristofferson.

There is some Country music that I like, such as a lot of the songs sung by Roy Acuff and Jim Reeves. But my tastes run toward Christian music (especially traditional Southern Gospel) and inspirational, uplifting patriotic music. Of course, there are some contemporary artists such as Michael W. Smith who produce positive, Christ-centered music.

...which bring me to a point that I've long thought about but have been reluctant to raise. So here goes (from an old fuddy duddy):

The erudite Mark Levin's daily radio program is a daily must hear for me. The one and only negative I have is his weekly playing of ``America the Beautiful'' by Ray Charles (who fathered a dozen children by 9 different women). His questionable morals aside, I personally don't like the caterwauling and vocal histrionics in Charles' treatment of that song. My preferences would be that Mr. Levin (who we know visits FR) might find a more reverent and respectful recording of that beloved anthem performed by other artists.

44 posted on 02/26/2010 9:20:07 PM PST by re_nortex
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To: re_nortex
my tastes run toward Christian music (especially traditional Southern Gospel) and inspirational, uplifting patriotic music.

Those Bill Gaither specials on TV are fantastic, aren't they.

45 posted on 02/27/2010 5:06:48 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

Merle is kind of all over the map. Depending on the day you ask him, he is proud of “Okie,” embarrassed by “Okie,” says “Okie” was written tongue in cheek, thinks it was deadly serious, loves it, hates it, or is indifferent to it.

There was a brilliant feature in Rolling Stone on him a few weeks back. Rolling Stone has spent the last year publishing these great profiles on music biz lifers - Kristofferson, Haggard, Ginger Baker, Lenny from Motorhead, etc.


46 posted on 03/01/2010 2:39:58 PM PST by MrRobertPlant2009
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