Johnny Cash sings "Man In Black" for the first time (with intro)

Johnny Cash sings "Man In Black" for the first time (with intro)



you know I've talked to several I've talked to several of you people at the campus we're all out to Vista campus to look around the other day I talked with several of you and we asked each other a lot of questions I asked you questions you asked me questions and a idea for a song started brewing in and since I saw you last Saturday I wrote this song and I just finished writing this song the fourth or fifth to rewrite this morning so that's why I've got to have the cards to remind myself of what the words are the last version I wrote this song is a very personal thing I suppose you might say but it's the way I feel about a lot of things this song is called the man in black well you wonder why I always dress in black why you never see bright colors on my back and why does my appearance always have a somber tone well there's a reason for the things that I have all I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down living in the hopeless hungry side of town and I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime but still is there because he's a victim of the time I wear the black for those who've never read or listened to the words that Jesus said about the road to happiness through love and charity why you think he's talking straight to you stand me well we're doing mighty fine I do suppose in our streak of lightning cars and fancy clothes but just so we're reminded of the ones who are held back up front there ought to be a man in black I wear it for the sick and lonely old for the reckless one who's bad trip left them cold I wear the black in mourning for the lives that could have been each week we lose a hundred fine young men that the Lord was on their side and wear it for another hundred thousand believing that we over on their side well there's things that never will be right I know and things need change and everywhere you go but til we start to make a move to make a few things right you'll never see me wear a suit of white I'd love to wear a rainbow every day to tell the world that everything's ok but maybe I can carry off a little darkness on the back those things are brighter I'm the man

30 thoughts on “Johnny Cash sings "Man In Black" for the first time (with intro)

  1. "Since I saw you last Saturday, I wrote this song". Are you kidding me? Sometimes we just don't understand what we are witnessing. One of the most classic songs ever, written because of some conviction and questions.

  2. I… spent so much time….being that MAN in black. And by that I mean the man behind… killing, doing what my government told me to be and do… now I dont wear name brands… nothing, shirts, pants… I wear a levi or Arizona here and there. But. Now… after all these years… I'm still the man in black. Wishing I could give back to a country I took so much from. Just… dont know how. I could become the next Jihadi John. But… I dont believe in that HATEFUL god. So where I can kill for the greater good. To YOU Cash. I'll remain the MAN IN BLACK. I'll always wear that somber tone. I could've been one of the "100 fine young men" but NOW we also have women out the putting their lives on the line. But it's the faces on those children of that country…. that told me… to always be the man in black. De Oppresso Liber Cash. You changed lives through words. My actions nor those of anyone I've ever served with can EVER amount… to what you've done for this world. Actions can change the lives of a few, words can change the minds of the world.

  3. Is that really why he wore black or did he wear black all the time anyway and decide that weekend to attach an artificial significance to wearing black to have a new hit? Pretentious?

  4. The 'Man in Black' is a Masonic icon. The mission of the Masons and Order of the Eastern Star is to give help and relief to the poverished, widows and orphans, as well as to serve the community through various acts of service and charity. Both Johnny and Kris Kristofferson had roots in the Masonic Fraternity.

  5. Why does this song make a middle aged man in Scotland cry in 2019 – I think it's because it comes directly from the heart & soul of a man who, despite his flaws & transgressions in youth, had a good heart towards others less fortunate than himself. Top fella.

  6. Well, you wonder why I always dress in black,
    Why you never see bright colors on my back,
    And why does my appearance seem to have a somber tone.
    Well, there's a reason for the things that I have on.
    I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down,
    Livin' in the hopeless, hungry side of town,
    I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime,
    But is there because he's a victim of the times.
    I wear the black for those who never read,
    Or listened to the words that Jesus said,
    About the road to happiness through love and charity,
    Why, you'd think He's talking straight to you and me.
    Well, we're doin' mighty fine, I do suppose,
    In our streak of lightnin' cars and fancy clothes,
    But just so we're reminded of the ones who are held back,
    Up front there ought 'a be a Man In Black.
    I wear it for the sick and lonely old,
    For the reckless ones whose bad trip left them cold,
    I wear the black in mournin' for the lives that could have been,
    Each week we lose a hundred fine young men.
    And, I wear it for the thousands who have died,
    Believen' that the Lord was on their side,
    I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died,
    Believen' that we all were on their side.
    Well, there's things that never will be right I know,
    And things need changin' everywhere you go,
    But 'til we start to make a move to make a few things right,
    You'll never see me wear a suit of white.
    Ah, I'd love to wear a rainbow every day,
    And tell the world that everything's OK,
    But I'll try to carry off a little darkness on my back,
    'Till things are brighter, I'm the Man In Black

  7. My dad was a big fan of Johnny Cash. I never paid much attention to his songs till I heard him sing "What is Truth". He spoke volumes with that song and I thank him every time I hear it. Thank-you, Johnny.

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