History Music / JohnnyCash

9th Feb '16 4:31:43 AM foxley
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* RisingWaterRisingTension: "Five Feet High and Rising" is about a farm family forced to evacuate as their farm slowly disappears beneath flood waters.
29th Dec '15 7:16:54 AM Morgenthaler
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[[LongList I love songs about horses, railroads, land, judgment day, family, hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation, murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak, and love. And Mother. And God.]]"''
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[[LongList I love songs about horses, railroads, land, judgment day, family, hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation, murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak, and love. And Mother. And God.]]"'' "''
19th Nov '15 11:11:59 AM Taskmaster123
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* PetTheDog: His free prison concerts, which brought him great acclaim and were deeply appreciated by the inmates at the prisons where he gave them.
26th Oct '15 10:17:13 PM Twentington
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26th Oct '15 10:17:09 PM Twentington
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Managed surprisingly often during the run of ''The Johnny Cash Show'' (1969-1971), whether it was bringing on guests other shows and networks wouldn't allow, like Bob Dylan and Bob Seeger, inserting dirty jokes into songs like "Don't Play Red River Valley", jor performing near-taboo songs like "A Junkie's Prayer", "As Long as the Grass Shall Grow" and "The Ballad of Ira Hayes" (the last two songs being heavily critical of the government; ask the Creator/SmothersBrothers how well that went for them on their TV show a couple years earlier). Possible backfire as the show was cancelled after two seasons in part due to a drop off in ratings, though this could just as easily be attributed to the lowering popularity of musical variety series or Cash's proclivity for doing episodes devoted to religious music.
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Managed surprisingly often during the run of ''The Johnny Cash Show'' (1969-1971), whether it was bringing on guests other shows and networks wouldn't allow, like Bob Dylan and Bob Seeger, Seger, inserting dirty jokes into songs like "Don't Play Red River Valley", jor performing near-taboo songs like "A Junkie's Prayer", "As Long as the Grass Shall Grow" and "The Ballad of Ira Hayes" (the last two songs being heavily critical of the government; ask the Creator/SmothersBrothers how well that went for them on their TV show a couple years earlier). Possible backfire as the show was cancelled after two seasons in part due to a drop off in ratings, though this could just as easily be attributed to the lowering popularity of musical variety series or Cash's proclivity for doing episodes devoted to religious music.
26th Oct '15 7:02:31 PM MHarrington
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* LongList: The many locations Cash says he went in "I've Been Everywhere".
29th Sep '15 6:45:08 PM JackWhitehead
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* NewSoundAlbum: ''American Recordings'' stripped away the signature "boom-chicka-boom" sound developed by the Tenessee Two in favor of very sparse acoustic recordings, moving him away from traditional country and more towards folk music.
6th Sep '15 8:05:56 AM heretoeditisall
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** In real life, this happened to Cash when he tried to get violent with one of the ostriches he kept as a pet- the ostrich clawed at him and almost killed him. If not for his belt buckle catching the claw, he'd have been killed.
1st Sep '15 9:19:17 AM hullflyer
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* [[NothingIsScarier Nothing Is Funnier]]: The original recording of "A Boy Named Sue" has one of its lines ("'Cause I'm the ''beeeeeeep'' that named you Sue!") bleeped out. Modern releases generally restore the line ("Son of a bitch"), but many listeners prefer the original, bleeped version, as "Son of a bitch", while impolite, is not a particularly bad phrase today. The bleep allows you to mentally insert whatever insult you like, which is almost inevitably harsher and funnier than the real one.
30th Aug '15 12:54:26 AM unwell619
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** An interesting case with his own song "The Man Comes Around", the version released on American IV: The Man Comes Around is quite dark with references to the 4 Horsemen in the Book of Revelation at the beginning and the end, the version released on Unearthed 3: Redemption Songs is lighter and without the references to the 4 Horsemen. The version from American IV can be taken as a warning to those who have not repented and that the Lord will deal punishment to them while the version from Unearthed 3 can be taken as a reassurance to those who believe that the Lord is coming to save.
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