[[Music/JohnnyCash This legendary country singer]] [[TearJerker has a lot of moving songs]].
* His cover of the Music/NineInchNails song, "Hurt", is way, ''way'' more powerful and moving than the original. Considering that it's an old man singing rather than a young guy who still has his life ahead of him, that's probably why. Made the original writer change his mind on the song's theme.
** Of course the original TearJerker/NineInchNails version can be quite the TearJerker itself. Johnny Cash takes it, gives it minimalism and dignity, and makes it his own.
** Perhaps the biggest respect offered is that when Trent Reznor finally heard Johnny Cash's version of "Hurt", he claimed that "the song is no longer mine." In the world of music, claiming a creation of yours is no longer yours is a degree of respect that you just don't see very often.
*** Reznor openly admits to shedding tears when he watched the music video for the first time.
** For bonus tears, notice this little thing: in the music video, he's still wearing black.[[note]]Ref. to his song "Man In Black"[[/note]]
** You see Johnny's wife in the present day parts of the video. However, the camera cuts to her on the line "Everyone I know goes away in the end". [[HarsherInHindsight She died three months after filming ended]]. Her death was totally unexpected; everyone was expecting to lose Johnny first. According to ''Johnny Cash: The Life'', June wasn't originally going to be in the video, but the director saw her watching Johnny filming and asked her to be in it.
* Don't forget Johnny Cash's version of Music/{{Sting}}'s "I Hung My Head". Much, much better and more poignant than the original.
* His cover of Spain's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7_kpLa3fyI Spiritual]]". A person and/or band can create a tear-jerking song, but when you get Johnny Cash to cover such a song, it comes out as a more moving and powerful song.
* His cover of Cat Stevens aka Yusuf Islam's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VkqRccYifE Father And Son]]" with Fiona Apple (not to be confused with another version with his stepdaughter Rosie Nix Adams called "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjT1rKSKnb0 Father And Daughter]]").
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdMPuMeTxzY Steven's version]] was like it was made for two people, a father and a son respectively, how the dad does not want the son to leave and how the son wants to go on his own. Cash's version tries to go for this, but if you ignore Fiona Apple's voice, it unintentionally sounds like a man trying to talk to his son before he dies.
* His cover of Bob Marley's "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwtWoQZfKVg Redemption Song]]" with Joe Strummer.
* His cover of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nH0zVQSf78 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry]]" with Nick Cave.
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzChsjd4CzU Help Me]]"
* His cover of Bonnie "Prince" Billy's "I See a Darkness" is heartbreaking.
* Add "Love's Been Good to Me" (especially the video) and "Give My Love to Rose." Knowing both were recorded after June died makes them even sadder.
** His cover of Music/HankWilliams' "On The Evening Train" for the same reason.
* Also, "If You Could Read My Mind" can leave one with a pouty lip and PuppyDogEyes.
* "Far Side Banks of Jordan":
-->"I'll be waiting on the far-side banks of Jordan\\
I'll be sitting, drawing pictures in the sand..."
** The tear-jerking part, and the incredibly ironic part, is that the song is about what might happen should June die before Johnny. The song was first recorded by them in the early 1970s; no one could have imagined that 30 years later the scenario would play out in real life. As a result, though, fans of Johnny and June find it very difficult to listen to this song, almost on the same level as "Hurt".
* Then there is "Don't Take Your Guns to Town".
* "Give My Love to Rose" and "Old Shep" Guaranteed to put tears in your eyes.
* "We'll Meet Again" for the title alone. The whole song is very touching now.
* His cover of "Desperado". Oh God, so much more poignant than the Music/{{Eagles}} original:
-->"Desperado, oh, you ain't getting no younger\\
Your pain and your hunger, they're driving you home\\
And freedom! Oh, freedom! Well, that's just some people talking...\\
Your prison is walking... Through this world all alone."
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYzEIIx_KHg In My Life]]".
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0L1jDJRAXqM The Caretaker]]".
-->"But who's gonna cry when old John dies\\
Who's gonna cry when old John dies."
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsXMbySUYqw A Singer of Songs]]".
* The next-to-last verse of "The Legend of John Henry's Hammer" where John gives his hammer to his wife.
* His cover of "Streets of Laredo". It's a song about the narrator meeting a dying young cowboy.
* His version of "The Ballad of Ira Hayes."
* "[[http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8tGCVavS5s The Beast In Me]]".
* "September When it Comes" was written by Johnny's daughter, Roseanne. They recorded this song together six months before Johnny passed away in September...
* His death makes "The Man in Black" more than a little bittersweet when you hear the last lines "I'll carry off a little darkness on my back. 'Til things are brighter, I'm the man in black." and know that he never took it off before he died.
* [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=8A20aswA7V8 His Cover of "You Are My Sunshine"]]
* As a complete album, with a few exceptions, the entirety of "The Man Comes Around" is a very sad album. "Hurt," "We'll Meet Again," "I Hung My Head," "Give My Love to Rose," etc. etc.
* Pretty much all of Hundred Highways. It's pretty much his final reflections and goodbyes and fittingly enough closes with a re-recording of "Free From The Chain-Gang Now"
* No love for "Redemption Day"? Makes the Sheryl Crow version just seem so average in comparison.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEZWSVdSoDI Engine 143]]" was the very last song he recorded, less than three weeks before he died. This song had been a favourite which he'd listened to on the radio when he was a boy in Arkansas.
** He'd almost totally lost his eyesight and he was in immense pain at this point, which can be heard in his voice. The last two lines (the last words he ever recorded) are especially poignant.
-->"His face was covered up with blood;\\
His eyes, they could not see\\
And the very last words poor Georgie said were\\
nearer, my God, to thee."
** To add to this, he did not record the song for Rick Rubin. He recorded it as a favor to his own son, John Carter Cash, as John Carter was compiling a Carter Family tribute album and his father wanted to give him a song.
* "Ain't No Grave", particularly the lines about meeting his parents in Heaven.
* "Committed to Parkview" is a ''harrowing'' account of someone being committed to a hospital for either mental illness or addiction (which is not made clear). The descriptions of other patients, as well as TheReveal at the end that the narrator is himself a patient, makes for sobering listening. Ironically, this song debuted on the same album headlined by the comedy song "One Piece at a Time".
* And in RealLife, the fact that he died just four months after losing June has invoked TogetherInDeath in the minds of many fans and friends.