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Hurt
Johnny Cash Lyrics


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

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 will keep myself
I would find a way

Lyrics © DistroKid, CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Trent Reznor

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Cynic Snacks

Listening to this song will never not completely destroy me.

Mrgreeniekid

500 replys as of now

Veteran of Baal

@Leon O’Toole that is nice

Leon O’Toole

He lost his loved one we can all relate I love listening to Johnny cash cause my great grandmother showed me him 🥲

Veteran of Baal

@Sonya Moreno Yes!

Sonya Moreno

@Veteran of Baal Thank you

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Bedtime Stories

Cash's version of this song is great, but the old footage interspersed throughout the video just enhances the meaning and pushes it over the top. Like life flashing before his eyes in his final days.

Aka Iced Tea

So like dont say sappy crap about dying makes the song more meaningful. It doesnt. The song is about being a giant dirtbag and perpetually ruining people who get close to you.

Aka Iced Tea

I say this because this song is nothing about being in your final days. That's just how the music video guy did it. Even if cash thought that this song was the most important thing to sing while he was dying, this song is not about dying

Aka Iced Tea

I think the fact that cash did it as any old timer would do a song makes his cathexis to which were not aurally privy all the more real. The images are the producer's videographer grasping for pathos to sell shit. So yes the images are all ugh right in the feels but that's because you're not thinking about cash or the original. It's just cheezy pathos.

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