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August 29, 2004

Johnny Cash & Lamar Alexander

Can't sleep. Neocons will eat me.

Row over 'political' Cash tribute [BBC]

Lamar Alexander's odd eulogy for Johnny Cash; Major theme: appalling lack of academic criticism of country music lyrics in American Universities []

Sotheby's Cash Catalogue

Cash Discography

Bloggers choose their favorite Johnny Cash lyrics

Man in Black [Scott of Lawyers Guns and Money]

Ballad of Ira Hayes [Vague Nihilism]

Don't Take Your Guns to Town [Majikthise]

The One on the Left is on the Right (The Man in Black had a good sense of humor.) [Majikthise]


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Heh, I like "The One on the Left..." too. My favorite lyrics sometime depends on the contextl during office hours, I like to play the execution songs, like "Happy Birthday, Joe Beam." ;)

I've also been thinking of blogging about Johnny Cash for some time. So many of the songs are so painfully relevant today. While it's not his "best" song, the one that hits me the hardest, probably because of my own kids, is, What Is Truth?:

A little boy of three sittin' on the floor
Looks up and says, "Daddy, what is war?"
"son, that's when people fight and die"
The little boy of three says "Daddy, why?"
A young man of seventeen in Sunday school
Being taught the golden rule
And by the time another year has gone around
It may be his turn to lay his life down

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