? Away from the drugs. "I focus on the pain, the only thing that's real". In the 1960s, Johnny was hardly around for his wife and daughters and soon got a divorce due to his non-attendance. 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. Weather or not this song was because of his wife passing, I can say. You could have all of what he had. "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 … "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 outro says it all. "Hurt" was written by Trent Reznor and first released on Nine Inch Nails' 1994 album The Downward Spiral. I think "my sweetest friend" is neither drugs, nor the loved ones, nor Jesus; it's himself (or maybe his physical body). 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. In the UK, Hurt only made Number … “Hurt” is an elegy recorded by a man facing his own mortality. You are who your are and you are stuck with it. The song, "Hurt" has since become the unofficial epitaph of Johnny Cash for many people. As a final note, I would like to address the fact that I am, by no means, a NIN fan-boy. Legendary singer who will live in my heart forever. By the looks of these comments no one has the slightest idea that johnny cash was a drug addict/IV drug user. Cash's "Hurt" resounded with older and younger fans in part because of its powerful music video. Prior to recording and releasing Hurt in 2002, Cash of course had a long and storied career. Being a "worthless junkie", and the feelings that come with it. im 13 years old and for the first time I listened I understood it.i cried. This song makes me think of Erik Erikson's stages of psychosocial development. 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. Cash's cover of "hurt" is about his fame, his family, and his drug abuse. And thanks to everybody who wrote their own interpretations. (function() { Now he feels he has nothing but pain. He wants to live a life where he remembers where his values should lie. It was released on April 17, 1995 as a promotional single from the album. I think that when he's talking about being hurt its regret. Sadly, the building has disappeared completely now, destroyed by fire in 2007. This is one of their only songs that I regularly listen to, and I've heard a large amount of Cash's work. “It didn’t sound bad, it just sounded something wrong, it sounded alien,” Reznor said, when describing his reaction later. Nine Inch Nails on stage in 2009. Of course I had to hear this song remade by Johnny and OH MY GOD. Definition of Johnny Cash in the Definitions.net dictionary. At this point in his life, he realizes he has nothing. As well as removing a profanity, the change also had the effect of adding a crucifixion image to the song, which would be exploited later in the video. that's why he is so great. Bravo! There are a lot of people out there who now have "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails in their music collection because they happened to fall in love with "Hurt" by Johnny Cash. My InterpretationWhen you watch the film clip, acting as a montage for Cash's illustrious career, it puts the song and the meaning he wants to put forth into perspective. In 2011 NME named the music video for Cash’s Hurt the best video of all time. adunit_id: 100001411, song: "Hurt", It was written by Trent Reznor for the NiN album ‘The downward spiral’ This song is about realising consequence and regret. While everything may be fake, he knows he is real. When Reznor received a copy of the video, he completely changed his opinion about Cash’s version of his song, describing it as an “unbelievably powerful piece of work.”, “I pop the video in, and wow… Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps… Wow. 1. 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. Cash was a fantastic singer and amazingly talentled, but when it comes to this song...he can't touch it. June had urged Cash to continue working if she died, however, and this is what he did in his final months. Crown and thrown, trappings of misspent life or transient pleasures. He knows that no matter what he would have still hurt the people in his life. In 2002, Cash covered Hurt and Reznor was in awe and announced in Rolling Stone magazine that Hurt belonged to Cash. Johnny Cash (26 February 1932 – 12 September 2003) was an iconic singer and songwriter who primarily operated in the genre of country music, but was an integral figure in the I found you on RedGage. Hurt-Johnny Cash? 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). 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. Song meanings ©2003-2021 lyricinterpretations.com. Cash was already suffering a severe health decline by this time. The video has him on a throne, yes, but more importantly it 'takes place' in the Johnny Cash Museum, symbolizing a type of 'storehouse of memory'. It was included on the “Downward Spiral” album released in 1994. All of the people that he experienced throughout his life ‘go away, in the end’. Protagonist, outro: "What have I become"? But he still wasn't happy because in the end its still materials. If you look closely much of the setting contains old pictures of him performing with Elvis, etc. "Everyone I know ... During the last stage of his career, Cash covered songs by several late 20th-century rock artists, most notably "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails. Paul promoted, played and sang in many music bands during his teenage years and twenties. Awesome singer who shaped rock and roll what it is today. The song gained a new wave of popularity in 2002 when it was famously covered by Johnny Cash, at the recommendation of producer Rick Rubin.This caused a lot of confusion for the audiences of Cash, who generally weren't familiar … 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. Johnny Cash was a deeply religious man, who loved Jesus and the Bible. The key line is 'everyone I know...goes away...in the end'. 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. Impact of a parent who’s damaged goods! I would find a way" Johnny cash wants desperately to live a different life. He was buried beside his wife in Hendersonville Memory Gardens, not far from his Tennessee home. "Everyone I know goes away in the end", "You are someone else, I am still right here" means all the people who he once used as comfort for his ego have grown past admiring him, but he has not grown with them. Every cover of the song falls short, every attempt at performance is shamed by the original, for no rendition will know the exact place the song came from, the exact place that allows the necessary emotion and power in performance. Johnny passed in September 2003. The building had served as Cash’s home for thirty years, but was now in a state of advanced dereliction. Hurt is about self relevation, he believes that he isthe ruler of nothing because of his struggles in life he feels he has no worth of himself. Most of his ideas were what made it what it was... And the sad part is that the aforementioned video is what makes so many people worship Cash's version. A: “Hurt” was actually written by Trent Reznor of the alternative industrial rock band, Nine Inch Nails. 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. 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. So much so, that in one of the last songs he wrote, “The Man Comes Around”, he gives a deeply personal message about Christian faith to his fans. In his case "the drug addiction is still right there". As someone else said earlier he's shown on a "throne". Originally recorded by Nine Inch Nails, the song "Hurt" has been adapted and covered by several artists, including Johnny Cash and Leona Lewis. The song received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Song in 1996. Every experience that he’d ever had was just his empire of dirt that he’d created. A million miles away. I know. interestingly enough, I think we hear Reznor's version MORE because we hear Cash's version a lot...it's an interesting symbiosis. Hurt was released by Johnny Cash on American IV in November, 2002. The final stanza reveals forlorn hope that granted one more turn he would be better and make things better for both of them: “If I could start again; A million miles away; I would keep myself; I would find a way.”, Hurt was released by Johnny Cash on American IV in November, 2002. I will steal your best self, just as I do to most people. 3. I hate when online "journalists" write articals and don't edit them for grammar and spelling mistakes. (Listen to Sunday Morning Sidewalk while you're at it.). Listen to his immortal Junkie's prayer. He’d made all of this, purely to distract himself from the crippling loneliness of his own consciousness. Meaning of Johnny Cash. Is the voice of the protagonist. })(); (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Seeing as the song was recorded well before his wife died, I don't think that is the inspiration. Suggested Resources (0.00 / 0 votes) Rate this definition: "Hurt" expresses a level of emotional pain Cash never knew, one that he simply cannot emulate. I have to disagree with K above and say this is the better version. 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. Johnny Cash had been working with record producer, Rick Rubin since the first of his highly successful “American” series of albums. 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. Trent’s song not Johnny’s song. If you aren't careful you will waste your life like he did and have an empire of dirt left behind. I totally feel I can relate to it and it makes sense that it may have been written for the writers off spring. Charwinger21 (CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons). But now they've stopped fussing over him and he sees how little he has without their adulation. Before Johnny Cash released "Ring Of Fire" as a single, he had a steadily growing career. Jonny's version was more relatable. But despite a flourishing career (before the launch of The Johnny Cash Show), he only had one album release that charted. How arrogant and uninformed. 2. .. RIP Johnny Cash .... LOVE you Trent. His life has been wasted and there isn't anything he can do. The song clearly includes references to self-harm and heroin addiction, although the overall meaning of the song is disputed. He was likely referring to his fans and the people who orbited him when he was popular. 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 shit Upon my liar's … However, JC does a lovely cover, even Trent was taken aback. Johnny passed in September 2003. Protagonist, verse 1: 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). From that he would be able to build a real empire instead of a dirt castle. And his regret for the things he did, and failed to do consuming all his thoughts. Time running out on his remaining earthly days, his strength disipated and spent. Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt" was released on his 2002 album, American IV: The Man Comes Around. He is you and this song was a thought you had in another life. Johnny Cash was a drug addict. I will keep myself All his past glory is shown in the pictures. document.write('
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It was as heart crushing as much as NIN's version. /* TFP - lyricinterpretations */ 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. I would keep myself. And his regret for the things he did, and failed to do consuming all his thoughts. If I could start over, I would keep myself.it was written as a song about losing yourself to addiction. 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." “Hurt” is an elegy recoded by a man facing his own mortality. Much of the footage is taken at the “House of Cash” museum in Nashville. Nonetheless, Reznor agreed and Cash went ahead with his recording, making a minor change to the lyrics by substituting “crown of thorns” for the original “crown of shit” (Reznor had used this alternative himself in a radio friendly version of the song that he’d recorded.) It's upsetting to me that the Cash rendition gets as much credit as it does. To prove my point. To keep it simple. div_id: "cf_async_" + Math.floor((Math.random() * 999999999)) This is one remake that totally improve the song. 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. We are one consciousness experiencing itself. 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! The verse is always the voice of the protagonist. goes away in the end". Cash's cover of "hurt" is about his fame, his family, and his drug abuse. All lyrics provided for educational purposes only. It’s not Johnny’s song. “I think therefore I am” For Cash, the inflection is put more on the idea of mortality, getting old and, slowly, watching your friends die. It was included on NIN ‘s 1994 album, Downward Spiral. I would find a way . :). The chorus is always the voice of the "other". The setting inspired Romanek to use the house as a metaphor for Cash’s declining health and vitality. I try to escape my pain. The song is considered by many to be one of his saddest songs ever, with a video to match. 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. The final stanza reveals the forlone hope that granted one more turn he would be better and make things better for both of them: “If I could start again; A million miles away; I would keep myself; I would find a way.”. I believe Johnny Cash realised this in his later years which is why he chose to sing this particular song. "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. 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. Reznor was still not convinced by Cash covering the song though and was unimpressed when he first heard the recording. He wants the listeners to know the mistakes he had made and wants us to learn from them. Throughout his life, he showed an eager desire to live according to the Gospel of Jesus. It was shot near Nashville at the then-closed House of Cash Museum. Hurt has been covered by a variety of artists, such as Matthew Good, Breaking Benjamin, Underoath, Aaron Lewis, and Sevendust. Rick Rubin in 2006. He still tries to numb his pain with drugs but it is futile ("the needle tears a hole, the old familiar sting. This song is about his regrets in life. This is the story behind Johnny Cash: "Hurt", one of the most powerful song videos ever made. He still feels empty. Six month later, his beloved wife of 35 years, June Carter Cash passed in May 2003. He is his own ‘sweetest friend’. Hurt is a powerful song. Away from the importance. I sing this song to my baby daughter at least once a week. 4. 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. Public Domain Image via Wikimedia Commons, That was obviously a spelling error on PURPOSE! I might have promised and will promise to myself ("my sweetest friend") to turn my life around, but I haven't changed and I won't. He spent all his time chasing fame to make him happy, but it never happened. Soooooo annoying. Had it been the same voice throughout it would have been, "what have I become, my sweetest friend"? During his life he became a liar, to others but first to himself. I will be following you, too. Coolmon2009 from Texas, USA on February 23, 2011: I enjoyed reading your article. Thanks for the article it was very interesting to read. my empire of dirt" All of Johnny cash's fame meant nothing. The drugs can be a metaphor for any kind of unhealthy escapism... fame, food, workaholism, pornography, fake friends, game addiction for the young generation, etc. About “Hurt” This song, originally written and performed by Nine Inch Nails, is of disputed meaning: is it about self harm, doing heroin, or … He still is facing the same thing everyone else faces (old age, death, and depression). A million miles away "And you could have it all Hurt violates this slightly. I was at a loss understanding the lyrics, before I visited this page. Even his last album kicked ass. 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). I LOVED the Johnny Cash version of this song. 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"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 … "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 outro says it all. "Hurt" was written by Trent Reznor and first released on Nine Inch Nails' 1994 album The Downward Spiral. I think "my sweetest friend" is neither drugs, nor the loved ones, nor Jesus; it's himself (or maybe his physical body). 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. In the UK, Hurt only made Number … “Hurt” is an elegy recorded by a man facing his own mortality. You are who your are and you are stuck with it. The song, "Hurt" has since become the unofficial epitaph of Johnny Cash for many people. As a final note, I would like to address the fact that I am, by no means, a NIN fan-boy. Legendary singer who will live in my heart forever. By the looks of these comments no one has the slightest idea that johnny cash was a drug addict/IV drug user. Cash's "Hurt" resounded with older and younger fans in part because of its powerful music video. Prior to recording and releasing Hurt in 2002, Cash of course had a long and storied career. Being a "worthless junkie", and the feelings that come with it. im 13 years old and for the first time I listened I understood it.i cried. This song makes me think of Erik Erikson's stages of psychosocial development. 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. Cash's cover of "hurt" is about his fame, his family, and his drug abuse. And thanks to everybody who wrote their own interpretations. (function() { Now he feels he has nothing but pain. He wants to live a life where he remembers where his values should lie. It was released on April 17, 1995 as a promotional single from the album. I think that when he's talking about being hurt its regret. Sadly, the building has disappeared completely now, destroyed by fire in 2007. This is one of their only songs that I regularly listen to, and I've heard a large amount of Cash's work. “It didn’t sound bad, it just sounded something wrong, it sounded alien,” Reznor said, when describing his reaction later. Nine Inch Nails on stage in 2009. Of course I had to hear this song remade by Johnny and OH MY GOD. Definition of Johnny Cash in the Definitions.net dictionary. At this point in his life, he realizes he has nothing. As well as removing a profanity, the change also had the effect of adding a crucifixion image to the song, which would be exploited later in the video. that's why he is so great. Bravo! There are a lot of people out there who now have "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails in their music collection because they happened to fall in love with "Hurt" by Johnny Cash. My InterpretationWhen you watch the film clip, acting as a montage for Cash's illustrious career, it puts the song and the meaning he wants to put forth into perspective. In 2011 NME named the music video for Cash’s Hurt the best video of all time. adunit_id: 100001411, song: "Hurt", It was written by Trent Reznor for the NiN album ‘The downward spiral’ This song is about realising consequence and regret. While everything may be fake, he knows he is real. When Reznor received a copy of the video, he completely changed his opinion about Cash’s version of his song, describing it as an “unbelievably powerful piece of work.”, “I pop the video in, and wow… Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps… Wow. 1. 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. Cash was a fantastic singer and amazingly talentled, but when it comes to this song...he can't touch it. June had urged Cash to continue working if she died, however, and this is what he did in his final months. Crown and thrown, trappings of misspent life or transient pleasures. He knows that no matter what he would have still hurt the people in his life. In 2002, Cash covered Hurt and Reznor was in awe and announced in Rolling Stone magazine that Hurt belonged to Cash. Johnny Cash (26 February 1932 – 12 September 2003) was an iconic singer and songwriter who primarily operated in the genre of country music, but was an integral figure in the I found you on RedGage. Hurt-Johnny Cash? 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). 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. Song meanings ©2003-2021 lyricinterpretations.com. Cash was already suffering a severe health decline by this time. The video has him on a throne, yes, but more importantly it 'takes place' in the Johnny Cash Museum, symbolizing a type of 'storehouse of memory'. It was included on the “Downward Spiral” album released in 1994. All of the people that he experienced throughout his life ‘go away, in the end’. Protagonist, outro: "What have I become"? But he still wasn't happy because in the end its still materials. If you look closely much of the setting contains old pictures of him performing with Elvis, etc. "Everyone I know ... During the last stage of his career, Cash covered songs by several late 20th-century rock artists, most notably "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails. Paul promoted, played and sang in many music bands during his teenage years and twenties. Awesome singer who shaped rock and roll what it is today. The song gained a new wave of popularity in 2002 when it was famously covered by Johnny Cash, at the recommendation of producer Rick Rubin.This caused a lot of confusion for the audiences of Cash, who generally weren't familiar … 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. Johnny Cash was a deeply religious man, who loved Jesus and the Bible. The key line is 'everyone I know...goes away...in the end'. 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. Impact of a parent who’s damaged goods! I would find a way" Johnny cash wants desperately to live a different life. He was buried beside his wife in Hendersonville Memory Gardens, not far from his Tennessee home. "Everyone I know goes away in the end", "You are someone else, I am still right here" means all the people who he once used as comfort for his ego have grown past admiring him, but he has not grown with them. Every cover of the song falls short, every attempt at performance is shamed by the original, for no rendition will know the exact place the song came from, the exact place that allows the necessary emotion and power in performance. Johnny passed in September 2003. The building had served as Cash’s home for thirty years, but was now in a state of advanced dereliction. Hurt is about self relevation, he believes that he isthe ruler of nothing because of his struggles in life he feels he has no worth of himself. Most of his ideas were what made it what it was... And the sad part is that the aforementioned video is what makes so many people worship Cash's version. A: “Hurt” was actually written by Trent Reznor of the alternative industrial rock band, Nine Inch Nails. 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. 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. So much so, that in one of the last songs he wrote, “The Man Comes Around”, he gives a deeply personal message about Christian faith to his fans. In his case "the drug addiction is still right there". As someone else said earlier he's shown on a "throne". Originally recorded by Nine Inch Nails, the song "Hurt" has been adapted and covered by several artists, including Johnny Cash and Leona Lewis. The song received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Song in 1996. Every experience that he’d ever had was just his empire of dirt that he’d created. A million miles away. I know. interestingly enough, I think we hear Reznor's version MORE because we hear Cash's version a lot...it's an interesting symbiosis. Hurt was released by Johnny Cash on American IV in November, 2002. The final stanza reveals forlorn hope that granted one more turn he would be better and make things better for both of them: “If I could start again; A million miles away; I would keep myself; I would find a way.”, Hurt was released by Johnny Cash on American IV in November, 2002. I will steal your best self, just as I do to most people. 3. I hate when online "journalists" write articals and don't edit them for grammar and spelling mistakes. (Listen to Sunday Morning Sidewalk while you're at it.). Listen to his immortal Junkie's prayer. He’d made all of this, purely to distract himself from the crippling loneliness of his own consciousness. Meaning of Johnny Cash. Is the voice of the protagonist. })(); (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Seeing as the song was recorded well before his wife died, I don't think that is the inspiration. Suggested Resources (0.00 / 0 votes) Rate this definition: "Hurt" expresses a level of emotional pain Cash never knew, one that he simply cannot emulate. I have to disagree with K above and say this is the better version. 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. Johnny Cash had been working with record producer, Rick Rubin since the first of his highly successful “American” series of albums. 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. Trent’s song not Johnny’s song. If you aren't careful you will waste your life like he did and have an empire of dirt left behind. I totally feel I can relate to it and it makes sense that it may have been written for the writers off spring. Charwinger21 (CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons). But now they've stopped fussing over him and he sees how little he has without their adulation. Before Johnny Cash released "Ring Of Fire" as a single, he had a steadily growing career. Jonny's version was more relatable. But despite a flourishing career (before the launch of The Johnny Cash Show), he only had one album release that charted. How arrogant and uninformed. 2. .. RIP Johnny Cash .... LOVE you Trent. His life has been wasted and there isn't anything he can do. The song clearly includes references to self-harm and heroin addiction, although the overall meaning of the song is disputed. He was likely referring to his fans and the people who orbited him when he was popular. 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 shit Upon my liar's … However, JC does a lovely cover, even Trent was taken aback. Johnny passed in September 2003. Protagonist, verse 1: 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). From that he would be able to build a real empire instead of a dirt castle. And his regret for the things he did, and failed to do consuming all his thoughts. Time running out on his remaining earthly days, his strength disipated and spent. Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt" was released on his 2002 album, American IV: The Man Comes Around. He is you and this song was a thought you had in another life. Johnny Cash was a drug addict. I will keep myself All his past glory is shown in the pictures. document.write('
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It was as heart crushing as much as NIN's version. /* TFP - lyricinterpretations */ 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. I would keep myself. And his regret for the things he did, and failed to do consuming all his thoughts. If I could start over, I would keep myself.it was written as a song about losing yourself to addiction. 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." “Hurt” is an elegy recoded by a man facing his own mortality. Much of the footage is taken at the “House of Cash” museum in Nashville. Nonetheless, Reznor agreed and Cash went ahead with his recording, making a minor change to the lyrics by substituting “crown of thorns” for the original “crown of shit” (Reznor had used this alternative himself in a radio friendly version of the song that he’d recorded.) It's upsetting to me that the Cash rendition gets as much credit as it does. To prove my point. To keep it simple. div_id: "cf_async_" + Math.floor((Math.random() * 999999999)) This is one remake that totally improve the song. 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. We are one consciousness experiencing itself. 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! The verse is always the voice of the protagonist. goes away in the end". Cash's cover of "hurt" is about his fame, his family, and his drug abuse. All lyrics provided for educational purposes only. It’s not Johnny’s song. “I think therefore I am” For Cash, the inflection is put more on the idea of mortality, getting old and, slowly, watching your friends die. It was included on NIN ‘s 1994 album, Downward Spiral. I would find a way . :). The chorus is always the voice of the "other". The setting inspired Romanek to use the house as a metaphor for Cash’s declining health and vitality. I try to escape my pain. The song is considered by many to be one of his saddest songs ever, with a video to match. 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. The final stanza reveals the forlone hope that granted one more turn he would be better and make things better for both of them: “If I could start again; A million miles away; I would keep myself; I would find a way.”. I believe Johnny Cash realised this in his later years which is why he chose to sing this particular song. "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. 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. Reznor was still not convinced by Cash covering the song though and was unimpressed when he first heard the recording. He wants the listeners to know the mistakes he had made and wants us to learn from them. Throughout his life, he showed an eager desire to live according to the Gospel of Jesus. It was shot near Nashville at the then-closed House of Cash Museum. Hurt has been covered by a variety of artists, such as Matthew Good, Breaking Benjamin, Underoath, Aaron Lewis, and Sevendust. Rick Rubin in 2006. He still tries to numb his pain with drugs but it is futile ("the needle tears a hole, the old familiar sting. This song is about his regrets in life. This is the story behind Johnny Cash: "Hurt", one of the most powerful song videos ever made. He still feels empty. Six month later, his beloved wife of 35 years, June Carter Cash passed in May 2003. He is his own ‘sweetest friend’. Hurt is a powerful song. Away from the importance. I sing this song to my baby daughter at least once a week. 4. 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. Public Domain Image via Wikimedia Commons, That was obviously a spelling error on PURPOSE! I might have promised and will promise to myself ("my sweetest friend") to turn my life around, but I haven't changed and I won't. He spent all his time chasing fame to make him happy, but it never happened. Soooooo annoying. Had it been the same voice throughout it would have been, "what have I become, my sweetest friend"? During his life he became a liar, to others but first to himself. I will be following you, too. Coolmon2009 from Texas, USA on February 23, 2011: I enjoyed reading your article. Thanks for the article it was very interesting to read. my empire of dirt" All of Johnny cash's fame meant nothing. The drugs can be a metaphor for any kind of unhealthy escapism... fame, food, workaholism, pornography, fake friends, game addiction for the young generation, etc. About “Hurt” This song, originally written and performed by Nine Inch Nails, is of disputed meaning: is it about self harm, doing heroin, or … He still is facing the same thing everyone else faces (old age, death, and depression). A million miles away "And you could have it all Hurt violates this slightly. I was at a loss understanding the lyrics, before I visited this page. Even his last album kicked ass. 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). I LOVED the Johnny Cash version of this song. 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Now, I have an idea I like. Superbly written. Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) was unsure if a cover by Johnny Cash would work, but he said after watching the video, "Wow.Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps… Wow. Cash's grave and the Cash/Carter memorial in Hendersonville Memory Gardens, Tennessee. This desperation is implied in the last two lines of this verse: "I will let you down / I will make you hurt" meaning: 1958's The Fabulous Johnny … Try to kill it all away but I remember everything"). Well, I can offer my two cents, but first you must know that its not Johnny Cashes song! All lyrics are property and copyright of their owners. The cover itself represents a deconstructive effort, as it flips one overarching binary that would not have otherwise been perceived, though it is at work in the original version: the youth/age binary. Prior to this, having been closed for a number of years, the museum had been featured in Cash's music video for "Hurt". "You are someone else" meaning he has grown up/matured/changed, but "I am still right here" meaning the core/instincts/habits are still right there. The Johnny Cash version makes a reference to Christ, but the original version does not. Cash knew deep emotional pain. He realizes that he built an "empire of dirt" and valued all the wrong things. His passing followed the unexpected bereavement of his beloved wife, June, less than four months earlier. I like this song very much but i dont understand one line of this song and that at the end. Our whole life is but an illusion, an experiment of thought. What is trying to say in that staza and his last line. 5. Johnny Cash remained devoted to his faith despite drug woes, was nearly killed by an ostrich, book reveals. https://www.simplypsychology.org/Erik-Erikson.html. artist: "Johnny Cash", Johnny Cash died on on September 12, 2003, aged 71. The acceptance of your life, and a bit of foreboding for the inevitable. :-). He had previously produced videos for artists such as Madonna, Beck and Lenny Kravitz, and had been begging Rubin for a chance to work with Cash for some time. He covered it, as it was originally written and sung by Nine Inch Nails. 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. “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”. Depression Johnny Cash’s deconstruction of Reznor’s song accounts for this dramatic shift in meaning. Diabeties consuming his body. And everything that he held dear to his heart left, taken away by time. The crown of thorns could also be his dementia. Cash interpreted the lyrics to be about an older man who knew his life was about to be over. 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. How drugs took a toll on himself and those around him. In hurt song, what type of guitar used and what is name on it? [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. Much of the footage showing the younger Cash was found by Romanek in the archive room at the “House of Cash”. The House of Cash museum and Johnny's home of 30 years were different buildings. Base self, chorus: 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. The original version of the song hurt has a more tragic sound which implies a meaning of suicidal tendencies or thoughts. Perhaps it is this change that has people speculating the meaning of the song. Every line reveals the depth of Cash’s reflections and his private reckoning. https://spinditty.com/genres/Johnny-Cash-Hurt-The-Story-Behind-The-Video Explaining the self-loathing nature of the songs on. johnny cash was a heroin addict. Hurt has come to symbolise the twilight years of the late-great Johnny Cash – who would have been celebrating his 86th birthday today … Born in the UK, he now lives in Florida. The other day I was in great need of some inspiration, and I found it in the most unlikely of places: the video for Johnny Cash’s cover of the Nine Inch Nails song Hurt. He became a Christian when he was only 12. I could have a better life with "My empire of dirt", but instead I'm injecting myself on this liar's chair. Our development can be broken into different stages, starting when we are born and ending when we die. Rick Rubin, producer of Cash's American series and a friend of Reznor's, suggested the song to Cash. He built an empire based on shallow validation of his stage self, instead of solid connections based on an appreciation of his true self. 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. Movie Director Mark Romanek was charged with making the video for the Cash version. The moral of the story is that Johnny didn't hold on hard to himself. Maybe trying to don't make the same mistake >? Away from the drugs. "I focus on the pain, the only thing that's real". In the 1960s, Johnny was hardly around for his wife and daughters and soon got a divorce due to his non-attendance. 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. Weather or not this song was because of his wife passing, I can say. You could have all of what he had. "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 … "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 outro says it all. "Hurt" was written by Trent Reznor and first released on Nine Inch Nails' 1994 album The Downward Spiral. I think "my sweetest friend" is neither drugs, nor the loved ones, nor Jesus; it's himself (or maybe his physical body). 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. In the UK, Hurt only made Number … “Hurt” is an elegy recorded by a man facing his own mortality. You are who your are and you are stuck with it. The song, "Hurt" has since become the unofficial epitaph of Johnny Cash for many people. As a final note, I would like to address the fact that I am, by no means, a NIN fan-boy. Legendary singer who will live in my heart forever. By the looks of these comments no one has the slightest idea that johnny cash was a drug addict/IV drug user. Cash's "Hurt" resounded with older and younger fans in part because of its powerful music video. Prior to recording and releasing Hurt in 2002, Cash of course had a long and storied career. Being a "worthless junkie", and the feelings that come with it. im 13 years old and for the first time I listened I understood it.i cried. This song makes me think of Erik Erikson's stages of psychosocial development. 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. Cash's cover of "hurt" is about his fame, his family, and his drug abuse. And thanks to everybody who wrote their own interpretations. (function() { Now he feels he has nothing but pain. He wants to live a life where he remembers where his values should lie. It was released on April 17, 1995 as a promotional single from the album. I think that when he's talking about being hurt its regret. Sadly, the building has disappeared completely now, destroyed by fire in 2007. This is one of their only songs that I regularly listen to, and I've heard a large amount of Cash's work. “It didn’t sound bad, it just sounded something wrong, it sounded alien,” Reznor said, when describing his reaction later. Nine Inch Nails on stage in 2009. Of course I had to hear this song remade by Johnny and OH MY GOD. Definition of Johnny Cash in the Definitions.net dictionary. At this point in his life, he realizes he has nothing. As well as removing a profanity, the change also had the effect of adding a crucifixion image to the song, which would be exploited later in the video. that's why he is so great. Bravo! There are a lot of people out there who now have "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails in their music collection because they happened to fall in love with "Hurt" by Johnny Cash. My InterpretationWhen you watch the film clip, acting as a montage for Cash's illustrious career, it puts the song and the meaning he wants to put forth into perspective. In 2011 NME named the music video for Cash’s Hurt the best video of all time. adunit_id: 100001411, song: "Hurt", It was written by Trent Reznor for the NiN album ‘The downward spiral’ This song is about realising consequence and regret. While everything may be fake, he knows he is real. When Reznor received a copy of the video, he completely changed his opinion about Cash’s version of his song, describing it as an “unbelievably powerful piece of work.”, “I pop the video in, and wow… Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps… Wow. 1. 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. Cash was a fantastic singer and amazingly talentled, but when it comes to this song...he can't touch it. June had urged Cash to continue working if she died, however, and this is what he did in his final months. Crown and thrown, trappings of misspent life or transient pleasures. He knows that no matter what he would have still hurt the people in his life. In 2002, Cash covered Hurt and Reznor was in awe and announced in Rolling Stone magazine that Hurt belonged to Cash. Johnny Cash (26 February 1932 – 12 September 2003) was an iconic singer and songwriter who primarily operated in the genre of country music, but was an integral figure in the I found you on RedGage. Hurt-Johnny Cash? 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). 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. Song meanings ©2003-2021 lyricinterpretations.com. Cash was already suffering a severe health decline by this time. The video has him on a throne, yes, but more importantly it 'takes place' in the Johnny Cash Museum, symbolizing a type of 'storehouse of memory'. It was included on the “Downward Spiral” album released in 1994. All of the people that he experienced throughout his life ‘go away, in the end’. Protagonist, outro: "What have I become"? But he still wasn't happy because in the end its still materials. If you look closely much of the setting contains old pictures of him performing with Elvis, etc. "Everyone I know ... During the last stage of his career, Cash covered songs by several late 20th-century rock artists, most notably "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails. Paul promoted, played and sang in many music bands during his teenage years and twenties. Awesome singer who shaped rock and roll what it is today. The song gained a new wave of popularity in 2002 when it was famously covered by Johnny Cash, at the recommendation of producer Rick Rubin.This caused a lot of confusion for the audiences of Cash, who generally weren't familiar … 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. Johnny Cash was a deeply religious man, who loved Jesus and the Bible. The key line is 'everyone I know...goes away...in the end'. 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. Impact of a parent who’s damaged goods! I would find a way" Johnny cash wants desperately to live a different life. He was buried beside his wife in Hendersonville Memory Gardens, not far from his Tennessee home. "Everyone I know goes away in the end", "You are someone else, I am still right here" means all the people who he once used as comfort for his ego have grown past admiring him, but he has not grown with them. Every cover of the song falls short, every attempt at performance is shamed by the original, for no rendition will know the exact place the song came from, the exact place that allows the necessary emotion and power in performance. Johnny passed in September 2003. The building had served as Cash’s home for thirty years, but was now in a state of advanced dereliction. Hurt is about self relevation, he believes that he isthe ruler of nothing because of his struggles in life he feels he has no worth of himself. Most of his ideas were what made it what it was... And the sad part is that the aforementioned video is what makes so many people worship Cash's version. A: “Hurt” was actually written by Trent Reznor of the alternative industrial rock band, Nine Inch Nails. 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. 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. So much so, that in one of the last songs he wrote, “The Man Comes Around”, he gives a deeply personal message about Christian faith to his fans. In his case "the drug addiction is still right there". As someone else said earlier he's shown on a "throne". Originally recorded by Nine Inch Nails, the song "Hurt" has been adapted and covered by several artists, including Johnny Cash and Leona Lewis. The song received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Song in 1996. Every experience that he’d ever had was just his empire of dirt that he’d created. A million miles away. I know. interestingly enough, I think we hear Reznor's version MORE because we hear Cash's version a lot...it's an interesting symbiosis. Hurt was released by Johnny Cash on American IV in November, 2002. The final stanza reveals forlorn hope that granted one more turn he would be better and make things better for both of them: “If I could start again; A million miles away; I would keep myself; I would find a way.”, Hurt was released by Johnny Cash on American IV in November, 2002. I will steal your best self, just as I do to most people. 3. I hate when online "journalists" write articals and don't edit them for grammar and spelling mistakes. (Listen to Sunday Morning Sidewalk while you're at it.). Listen to his immortal Junkie's prayer. He’d made all of this, purely to distract himself from the crippling loneliness of his own consciousness. Meaning of Johnny Cash. Is the voice of the protagonist. })(); (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Seeing as the song was recorded well before his wife died, I don't think that is the inspiration. Suggested Resources (0.00 / 0 votes) Rate this definition: "Hurt" expresses a level of emotional pain Cash never knew, one that he simply cannot emulate. I have to disagree with K above and say this is the better version. 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. Johnny Cash had been working with record producer, Rick Rubin since the first of his highly successful “American” series of albums. 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. Trent’s song not Johnny’s song. If you aren't careful you will waste your life like he did and have an empire of dirt left behind. I totally feel I can relate to it and it makes sense that it may have been written for the writers off spring. Charwinger21 (CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons). But now they've stopped fussing over him and he sees how little he has without their adulation. Before Johnny Cash released "Ring Of Fire" as a single, he had a steadily growing career. Jonny's version was more relatable. But despite a flourishing career (before the launch of The Johnny Cash Show), he only had one album release that charted. How arrogant and uninformed. 2. .. RIP Johnny Cash .... LOVE you Trent. His life has been wasted and there isn't anything he can do. The song clearly includes references to self-harm and heroin addiction, although the overall meaning of the song is disputed. He was likely referring to his fans and the people who orbited him when he was popular. 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 shit Upon my liar's … However, JC does a lovely cover, even Trent was taken aback. Johnny passed in September 2003. Protagonist, verse 1: 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). From that he would be able to build a real empire instead of a dirt castle. And his regret for the things he did, and failed to do consuming all his thoughts. Time running out on his remaining earthly days, his strength disipated and spent. Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt" was released on his 2002 album, American IV: The Man Comes Around. He is you and this song was a thought you had in another life. Johnny Cash was a drug addict. I will keep myself All his past glory is shown in the pictures. document.write('

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It was as heart crushing as much as NIN's version. /* TFP - lyricinterpretations */ 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. I would keep myself. And his regret for the things he did, and failed to do consuming all his thoughts. If I could start over, I would keep myself.it was written as a song about losing yourself to addiction. 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." “Hurt” is an elegy recoded by a man facing his own mortality. Much of the footage is taken at the “House of Cash” museum in Nashville. Nonetheless, Reznor agreed and Cash went ahead with his recording, making a minor change to the lyrics by substituting “crown of thorns” for the original “crown of shit” (Reznor had used this alternative himself in a radio friendly version of the song that he’d recorded.) It's upsetting to me that the Cash rendition gets as much credit as it does. To prove my point. To keep it simple. div_id: "cf_async_" + Math.floor((Math.random() * 999999999)) This is one remake that totally improve the song. 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. We are one consciousness experiencing itself. 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! The verse is always the voice of the protagonist. goes away in the end". Cash's cover of "hurt" is about his fame, his family, and his drug abuse. All lyrics provided for educational purposes only. It’s not Johnny’s song. “I think therefore I am” For Cash, the inflection is put more on the idea of mortality, getting old and, slowly, watching your friends die. It was included on NIN ‘s 1994 album, Downward Spiral. I would find a way . :). The chorus is always the voice of the "other". The setting inspired Romanek to use the house as a metaphor for Cash’s declining health and vitality. I try to escape my pain. The song is considered by many to be one of his saddest songs ever, with a video to match. 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. The final stanza reveals the forlone hope that granted one more turn he would be better and make things better for both of them: “If I could start again; A million miles away; I would keep myself; I would find a way.”. I believe Johnny Cash realised this in his later years which is why he chose to sing this particular song. "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. 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. Reznor was still not convinced by Cash covering the song though and was unimpressed when he first heard the recording. He wants the listeners to know the mistakes he had made and wants us to learn from them. Throughout his life, he showed an eager desire to live according to the Gospel of Jesus. It was shot near Nashville at the then-closed House of Cash Museum. Hurt has been covered by a variety of artists, such as Matthew Good, Breaking Benjamin, Underoath, Aaron Lewis, and Sevendust. Rick Rubin in 2006. He still tries to numb his pain with drugs but it is futile ("the needle tears a hole, the old familiar sting. This song is about his regrets in life. This is the story behind Johnny Cash: "Hurt", one of the most powerful song videos ever made. He still feels empty. Six month later, his beloved wife of 35 years, June Carter Cash passed in May 2003. He is his own ‘sweetest friend’. Hurt is a powerful song. Away from the importance. I sing this song to my baby daughter at least once a week. 4. 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. Public Domain Image via Wikimedia Commons, That was obviously a spelling error on PURPOSE! I might have promised and will promise to myself ("my sweetest friend") to turn my life around, but I haven't changed and I won't. He spent all his time chasing fame to make him happy, but it never happened. Soooooo annoying. Had it been the same voice throughout it would have been, "what have I become, my sweetest friend"? During his life he became a liar, to others but first to himself. I will be following you, too. Coolmon2009 from Texas, USA on February 23, 2011: I enjoyed reading your article. Thanks for the article it was very interesting to read. my empire of dirt" All of Johnny cash's fame meant nothing. The drugs can be a metaphor for any kind of unhealthy escapism... fame, food, workaholism, pornography, fake friends, game addiction for the young generation, etc. About “Hurt” This song, originally written and performed by Nine Inch Nails, is of disputed meaning: is it about self harm, doing heroin, or … He still is facing the same thing everyone else faces (old age, death, and depression). A million miles away "And you could have it all Hurt violates this slightly. I was at a loss understanding the lyrics, before I visited this page. Even his last album kicked ass. 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). I LOVED the Johnny Cash version of this song. 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