Get Rhythm
Johnny Cash Lyrics


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Hey, get rhythm when you get the blues
C'mon get rhythm, when you get the blues
Get a rock 'n roll feeling in your bones
Put taps on your toes and get goin'
Get rhythm, when you get the blues.

Little shoeshine boy never get slowed down
But he's got the dirtiest job in town
Bendin' low at the peoples' feet
On the windy corner of a dirty street
Well, I asked him while he shined my shoes
How'd he keep from gettin' the blues
He grinned as he raised his little head
Popped a shoeshine rag and then he said.

Hey, get rhythm when you get the blues
C'mon get rhythm, when you get the blues
A jumpy rhythm makes you feel so fine
It'll shake all the troubles from your worried mind,
Get rhythm, when you get the blues.

Get rhythm, when you get the blues
C'mon get rhythm, when you get the blues
Get a rock 'n roll feeling in your bones
Put taps on your toes and get goin'
Get rhythm, when you get the blues.

Well, I sat down to listen to the shoeshine boy
And I thought I was gonna jump with joy
Slapped on the shoe polish left and right
He took a shoeshine rag and he held it tight
He stopped once to wipe the sweat away
I said you're a mighty little boy to be-a workin' that way
He said I like it with a big wide grin
Kept on a poppin' and he said again

Get rhythm, when you get the blues
C'mon get rhythm, when you get the blues
It only cost a dime, just a nickel a shoe




It does a million dollars worth of good for you
Get rhythm, when you get the blues

Overall Meaning

In Johnny Cash’s song, “Get Rhythm,” the singer encourages the listener to dance away their blues by getting into the rhythm of rock 'n roll music. The lyrics challenge listeners to put taps on their toes and just move, promising that a good rhythm can cure even the most troubled minds.


The song then tells the story of a shoeshine boy, who despite having the "dirtiest job in town," never seems to get slowed down. Even when working on the "windy corner of a dirty street," his jumpy rhythm keeps him going. When asked how he avoids the blues, he simply responds by popping his shoeshine rag and says, "get rhythm when you get the blues."


Ultimately, the song is about the power of music to uplift people out of their doldrums. The shoeshine boy embodies this theme: he has nothing but his rhythm, yet he’s able to be happy despite all the hardships he encounters.


In conclusion, “Get Rhythm” seeks to inspire listeners to keep dancing and keep moving no matter how tough life gets. The song emphasizes that, with the right music and a good rhythm, it’s possible to rise above difficult situations.


Line by Line Meaning

Hey, get rhythm when you get the blues
Don't let the blues get you down, find some rhythm and get moving


C'mon get rhythm, when you get the blues
Encouraging you further to find some rhythm to shake off those blues


Get a rock 'n roll feeling in your bones
Find the energy and excitement of rock 'n roll music to uplift yourself


Put taps on your toes and get goin'
Start moving to the rhythm and let it take you away


Get rhythm, when you get the blues.
Reinforcement of the overall message to find and embrace rhythm when feeling blue


Little shoeshine boy never get slowed down
Praising the hard-working shoeshine boy who maintains his energy and pace


But he's got the dirtiest job in town
Acknowledging how difficult and thankless his job is


Bendin' low at the peoples' feet
Describing the physical effort put in by the shoeshine boy to do his job properly


On the windy corner of a dirty street
Painting a vivid picture of where he works, emphasizing the harshness of his surroundings


Well, I asked him while he shined my shoes
Taking a moment to speak to the shoeshine boy and learn from him


How'd he keep from gettin' the blues
Curiosity about how he stays upbeat despite the challenging nature of his job


He grinned as he raised his little head
The shoeshine boy is happy to share his secret


Popped a shoeshine rag and then he said
Getting ready to share his wisdom


A jumpy rhythm makes you feel so fine
The shoeshine boy's secret is to find a jumpy rhythm to keep his spirits high


It'll shake all the troubles from your worried mind,
If you find a jumpy rhythm, it can help you forget your worries and feel better


Well, I sat down to listen to the shoeshine boy
Taking a moment to learn from the boy, showing respect for his work and his words


And I thought I was gonna jump with joy
Feeling the rhythm, getting excited and happy


Slapped on the shoe polish left and right
Demonstrating the boy's quick and skilled work


He took a shoeshine rag and he held it tight
Describing how the boy expertly uses his materials


He stopped once to wipe the sweat away
Showing how hard the boy works and how taxing his job can be


I said you're a mighty little boy to be-a workin' that way
Giving the boy some recognition and respect for his hard work


He said I like it with a big wide grin
The shoeshine boy loves his work, even if it's tough


Kept on a poppin' and he said again
The boy has reinvigorated his rhythm and reminds us all to keep the beat going


It only cost a dime, just a nickel a shoe
Pointing out how affordable and accessible the joy and energy of rhythm can be


It does a million dollars worth of good for you
Emphasizing how amazing and valuable the positive effects of rhythm can be


Get rhythm, when you get the blues
Final reinforcement of the central message of the song




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: JOHNNY CASH

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I'm only goin' over Jordan
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I know my way is rough and steep
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I'm going home no more to roam
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