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Jason T. Eastman

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Man in Black - Johnny Cash


Why This Song:

Letta Page says, "We all know of Johnny Cash as "the Man in Black," but very few people seem to have actually paid attention to the nearly revolutionary lyrics. The video I'm linking is just the lyrics (in an awful font) along with the song, showing that along with underscoring his religious beliefs, Cash sang about how "things need changin' everywhere you go, but 'til we start to make a move to make things right, you'll never see me wear a suit of white." He sings of prisoners who remain behind bars even after paying their dues, of those living on the "hungry, hopeless side of town," and of young men dying on battlefields. It's a contentious, rebellious singalong."

Submitted By: Letta Page

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