Man In Black

Stumbled upon this song today and it truly spoke to me. Johnny Cash, alway wore black and wrote this song to indicate his reasoning behind his doing so:

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 is long paid for his crime
But is there because he’s a victim of the times

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’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 to 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
Believin’ that the Lord was on their side
I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died
Believin’ 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 okay
But I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back
Till things are brighter, I’m the Man In Black

All that he discusses through the lyric still applies in modern times. Such as those who face punishment for crimes they did not engage in and those who are held back due to inequality of opportunity. As we live our day to day lives, we often forget the lives of those suffering from misfortune and grief.  The way that Cash used his dress code and his songwriting to show remembrance of those whom life treated unfairly is truly inspiring. It shows how impactful an artist can be in reminding the public of the problems with society. I hope to one day be able to do this with my own music and hopefully find a way to continue spreading his message since it is still impactful today.


Maybe wear a lil more black…(even though I already do).


xx Sky


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