The song is about the following; The NIN version is much more directly about drugs (heroin to be specific). I totally feel I can relate to it and it makes sense that it may have been written for the writers off spring. I could have a better life with "My empire of dirt", but instead I'm injecting myself on this liar's chair. Hurt was released by Johnny Cash on American IV in November, 2002. It's impossible to pour that much of yourself in to something and have another person represent it in a better way. Where he's there for his loved ones and himself. About “Hurt” This song, originally written and performed by Nine Inch Nails, is of disputed meaning: is it about self harm, doing heroin, or … It was about losing yourself to your base self. Sadly, the building has disappeared completely now, destroyed by fire in 2007. 4. Even his last album kicked ass. Johnny Cash died on on September 12, 2003, aged 71. This is one remake that totally improve the song. These people interacted with him to comfort his ego but were all just an illusion of his own making. He still is facing the same thing everyone else faces (old age, death, and depression). Weather or not this song was because of his wife passing, I can say. The album was the first Johnny Cash studio LP to achieve Gold status in the US for more than thirty years. So what is clear in the song, and moreso in the video is the idea of a retrospective on your life, memory in the shadow of inevitable death. [Somehow] that winds up reinterpreted by a music legend from a radically different era/genre and still retains sincerity and meaning — different, but every bit as pure.”. Cash was already suffering a severe health decline by this time. All he can do lament the sort of person he is. Time running out on his remaining earthly days, his strength disipated and spent. my empire of dirt" All of Johnny cash's fame meant nothing. A: “Hurt” was actually written by Trent Reznor of the alternative industrial rock band, Nine Inch Nails. The building had served as Cash’s home for thirty years, but was now in a state of advanced dereliction. All lyrics are property and copyright of their owners. This is one of their only songs that I regularly listen to, and I've heard a large amount of Cash's work. The song received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Song in 1996. As someone else said earlier he's shown on a "throne". His now-legendary 1957 debut album Johnny Cash With His Hot And Blue Guitarestablished a buzz that eluded the singer in his prior attempts at a gospel career. Hurt has come to symbolise the twilight years of the late-great Johnny Cash – who would have been celebrating his 86th birthday today … Had it been the same voice throughout it would have been, "what have I become, my sweetest friend"? })(); (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Seeing as the song was recorded well before his wife died, I don't think that is the inspiration. But now they've stopped fussing over him and he sees how little he has without their adulation. Thank you so much. Hurt is about self relevation, he believes that he isthe ruler of nothing because of his struggles in life he feels he has no worth of himself. “I think therefore I am” My interpretation--it's the Liar's Chair--We are all sinners/and liars--it's beautiful how true it is to admit to be a liar--before GOD-before you die--which is true when you meet your maker. Awesome singer who shaped rock and roll what it is today. However, I can say it creates the same impact for everyone. Hope you're safe and happy wherever you are Johhny. Movie Director Mark Romanek was charged with making the video for the Cash version. He wants to live a life where he remembers where his values should lie. I believe Johnny Cash realised this in his later years which is why he chose to sing this particular song. Protagonist, outro: "Hurt" is a song by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails from their second studio album, The Downward Spiral (1994), written by Trent Reznor. The moral of the story is that Johnny didn't hold on hard to himself. Cash agreed to this, demonstrating artistic and personal courage in the process. And his regret for the things he did, and failed to do consuming all his thoughts. The final stanza reveals forlorn hope that granted one more turn he would be better and make things better for both of them: “If I could start again; A million miles away; I would keep myself; I would find a way.”, Hurt was released by Johnny Cash on American IV in November, 2002. But despite a flourishing career (before the launch of The Johnny Cash Show), he only had one album release that charted. "Hurt" expresses a level of emotional pain Cash never knew, one that he simply cannot emulate. Thanks for the article it was very interesting to read. Paul Goodman (author) from Florida USA on February 23, 2011: I've watched the video many times and it always blows me away, so writing this hub was a labor of love for me! "Hurt" was written by Trent Reznor and first released on Nine Inch Nails' 1994 album The Downward Spiral. Of course I had to hear this song remade by Johnny and OH MY GOD. The song, written by Trent Reznor, references self-harm and heroin addiction. Our whole life is but an illusion, an experiment of thought. Self worth Rick Rubin, producer of Cash's American series and a friend of Reznor's, suggested the song to Cash. Johnny passed in September 2003. var opts = { The chorus is always the voice of the "other". And everything that he held dear to his heart left, taken away by time. Likely, he was so caught up in receiving external validation and escaping from his pain ("I focus on the pain") that he couldn't get in touch with his inner self and build a life he valued. “Trent Reznor was born to write that song, but Johnny Cash was born to sing it, and Mark Romanek was born to film it.” Bono. The verse is always the voice of the protagonist. Rubin has worked with numerous artists, including: such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beastie Boys, The Black Crowes, Jay-Z, Danzig, Dixie Chicks, Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Metallica, AC/DC, Aerosmith, ZZ Top, and Eminem. Johnny Cash (26 February 1932 – 12 September 2003) was an iconic singer and songwriter who primarily operated in the genre of country music, but was an integral figure in the Depression (Listen to Sunday Morning Sidewalk while you're at it.). goes away in the end". 1958's The Fabulous Johnny … The key line is 'everyone I know...goes away...in the end'. While working on their fourth album together, which would be released as, “The Man Comes Around”, Rubin continued to encourage Cash to step outside of his comfort area regarding song material and it was Rubin’s idea that Cash should record a version of Reznor’s song. Well, I can offer my two cents, but first you must know that its not Johnny Cashes song! Johnny Cash and his cover of Hurt are iconic, even in the years after his death. All the other ideas of what the song meant was great, but if you actually know a thing or two about the artist you'll know it's not about the majority of what you're typing paragraphs about. Drugs/drug addiction artist: "Johnny Cash", Some people have speculated that Cash's death was hastened, due to a broken heart over June's untimely passing. I think this song is the musings of an old man who regrets the life he lived... All his past glory is shown in the pictures. Its just really sad that he couldn't find happiness despite doing everything he could. Our development can be broken into different stages, starting when we are born and ending when we die. Nonetheless, Reznor agreed and Cash went ahead with his recording, making a minor change to the lyrics by substituting “crown of thorns” for the original “crown of shit” (Reznor had used this alternative himself in a radio friendly version of the song that he’d recorded.) The outro says it all. Bravo! I have known this song for a long time but up untill now i just understood it the pure pain of it goes right through me yes i am hurt, Hurt was released by Johnny Cash on American IV in November, 2002. "If I could start again (And that's why it's the LIAR's chair.) Johnny Cash remained devoted to his faith despite drug woes, was nearly killed by an ostrich, book reveals. Johnny passed in September 2003. In any case: GREAT LYRICS! “Hurt” is an elegy recorded by a man facing his own mortality. UP TO 4K!Music video by Johnny Cash performing Hurt. [I felt like] I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn't mine anymore… It really made me think about how powerful music is as a medium and art form. After years of deluding himself he realizes his thoughts, his entire way of seeing the world is "broken", and his brain has lost the ability to fix it. Johnny Cash’s deconstruction of Reznor’s song accounts for this dramatic shift in meaning. All lyrics provided for educational purposes only. "If I could start again, a million miles away, I would keep myself, I would find a way." Reznor was still not convinced by Cash covering the song though and was unimpressed when he first heard the recording. I will steal your best self, just as I do to most people. I understood everything, his pain and I'm every time thinking at this song. .. RIP Johnny Cash .... LOVE you Trent. The video has him on a throne, yes, but more importantly it 'takes place' in the Johnny Cash Museum, symbolizing a type of 'storehouse of memory'. Legendary singer who will live in my heart forever. /* TFP - lyricinterpretations */ I was at a loss understanding the lyrics, before I visited this page. It was as heart crushing as much as NIN's version. If I could start over, I would keep myself.it was written as a song about losing yourself to addiction. When Reznor received a copy of the video, he completely changed his opinion about Cash’s version of his song, describing it as an “unbelievably powerful piece of work.”, “I pop the video in, and wow… Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps… Wow. 5. document.write('
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Diabetes consuming his body. Prior to recording and releasing Hurt in 2002, Cash of course had a long and storied career. Hurt-Johnny Cash? And specially when he says "You could have it all... My empire of dirt" its clear that all this that he has means nothing in the longer run. The other day I was in great need of some inspiration, and I found it in the most unlikely of places: the video for Johnny Cash’s cover of the Nine Inch Nails song Hurt. Cash saw the song as one of his most significant pieces of work. How arrogant and uninformed. I know. It was written by Trent Reznor for the NiN album ‘The downward spiral’ This song is about realising consequence and regret. He is his own ‘sweetest friend’. "I Walk the Line" Written in just 20 minutes, Cash’s (arguably) greatest hit was intended as a … Song meanings ©2003-2021 lyricinterpretations.com. How drugs took a toll on himself and those around him. Away from the importance. "Hurt" – a song on Nine Inch Nails' 1994 release The Downward Spiral – came to the attention of the country legend Johnny Cash in 2002, through a … Hurt violates this slightly. I know I will let myself down and I will make myself hurt (back to the beginning of the circle). He was likely referring to his fans and the people who orbited him when he was popular. In the 1960s, Johnny was hardly around for his wife and daughters and soon got a divorce due to his non-attendance. Trent Reznor was a friend of Rubin’s, but when Rubin rang him to ask if Cash could cover the song, Reznor said that he was very flattered, but sceptical of the artistic value of the idea. When Johnny Cash sang this he was at the final stage of his development - ego integrity vs. despair - and he felt despair. Diabeties consuming his body. Hurt is a powerful song. It was his home that was destroyed by fire, not the museum. June had urged Cash to continue working if she died, however, and this is what he did in his final months. He knows that no matter what he would have still hurt the people in his life. It was included on the “Downward Spiral” album released in 1994. Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) was unsure if a cover by Johnny Cash would work, but he said after watching the video, "Wow.Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps… Wow. Johnny Cash had been working with record producer, Rick Rubin since the first of his highly successful “American” series of albums. It was included on NIN ‘s 1994 album, Downward Spiral. Protagonist, verse 1: In his case "the drug addiction is still right there". He was found nearly dead due to a drug overdose and had lost the most important thing: himself. Song Lyrics meaning. Cash's cover of "hurt" is about his fame, his family, and his drug abuse. The drugs can be a metaphor for any kind of unhealthy escapism... fame, food, workaholism, pornography, fake friends, game addiction for the young generation, etc. Base self, chorus: As well as removing a profanity, the change also had the effect of adding a crucifixion image to the song, which would be exploited later in the video. If you aren't careful you will waste your life like he did and have an empire of dirt left behind. It's upsetting to me that the Cash rendition gets as much credit as it does. Johnny Cash was a deeply religious man, who loved Jesus and the Bible. Most of his ideas were what made it what it was... And the sad part is that the aforementioned video is what makes so many people worship Cash's version. I try to escape my pain. Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt" was released on his 2002 album, American IV: The Man Comes Around. Johnny passed in September 2003. Being a "worthless junkie", and the feelings that come with it. During his life he became a liar, to others but first to himself. My InterpretationWhen you watch the film clip, acting as a montage for Cash's illustrious career, it puts the song and the meaning he wants to put forth into perspective. A million miles away. https://www.simplypsychology.org/Erik-Erikson.html. Country singer Johnny Cash covering a Nine Inch Nails song is so odd that it’s perfect. Time running out on his remaining earthly days, his strength dissipated and spent. ... During the last stage of his career, Cash covered songs by several late 20th-century rock artists, most notably "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails. div_id: "cf_async_" + Math.floor((Math.random() * 999999999)) The crown of thorns could also be his dementia. “It didn’t sound bad, it just sounded something wrong, it sounded alien,” Reznor said, when describing his reaction later. The song, "Hurt" has since become the unofficial epitaph of Johnny Cash for many people. Listen to his immortal Junkie's prayer. Suggested Resources (0.00 / 0 votes) Rate this definition: To prove my point. Johnny Cash was a drug addict. The cover itself represents a deconstructive effort, as it flips one overarching binary that would not have otherwise been perceived, though it is at work in the original version: the youth/age binary. The song is considered by many to be one of his saddest songs ever, with a video to match. Try to kill it all away but I remember everything"). What have I done? He deluded himself that he was proud of who he was and living his best life, when really he was just escaping from the life he wanted. I find it very fascinating that everyone uses the darkness for their own way. im 13 years old and for the first time I listened I understood it.i cried. Hurt has been covered by a variety of artists, such as Matthew Good, Breaking Benjamin, Underoath, Aaron Lewis, and Sevendust. Full of broken thoughts I cannot repair." What is trying to say in that staza and his last line. He wants the listeners to know the mistakes he had made and wants us to learn from them. Definition of Johnny Cash in the Definitions.net dictionary. It sends a powerful message that we should all proceed through life wisely, because there is nothing worse than being stuck with a label, a pain, a sickness, or a death, that we know beforehand will leave us only wishing things had been different and that we could change the choices we made. He is you and this song was a thought you had in another life. To keep it simple. In the end, when you ignore the video that CASH DID NOT CREATE and pay attention only to their voice and performance, the original will always win, as nothing can match the pain that created it. From someone who has an ongoing battle of clinical depression, it is easier to feel in essence of the power of persuasion of peoples darkness. "You are someone else" meaning he has grown up/matured/changed, but "I am still right here" meaning the core/instincts/habits are still right there. In the UK, Hurt only made Number … Over time they all disappear and all he is left with is himself. "What have I become"? He has lost everyone due to his life choices, although he has remarried, his ex-wife, his children, and even his current wife are all different people and grew to be better people in their lifetime, while Johnny has nothing but an empty shell of himself. (function() { jasontheexploder (CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons). What does Johnny Cash mean? Nine Inch Nails on stage in 2009. I sing this song to my baby daughter at least once a week. Johnny Cash had incredible faith. He still feels empty. without the original we wouldn't have Cash's and without Cash's we wouldn't hear the original played nearly as much...I hear them both about the same frequency on my local metal station...and I'm glad, what in the world is K talking about. The acceptance of your life, and a bit of foreboding for the inevitable. As a final note, I would like to address the fact that I am, by no means, a NIN fan-boy. REMASTERED IN HD! "And you could have it all It was released on April 17, 1995 as a promotional single from the album. Jordan from Lawrence, Ks This Song is mostly about Trent's drug addictions, mostly heroine. The House of Cash museum and Johnny's home of 30 years were different buildings. He is who he is and can't change himself. At this point in his life, he realizes he has nothing. He was buried beside his wife in Hendersonville Memory Gardens, not far from his Tennessee home. I’m going to go into a lot of detail in this post. The Johnny Cash Museum, located in one of Cash's properties in Hendersonville until 2006, dubbed the House of Cash, was sold based on Cash's will. Much of the footage is taken at the “House of Cash” museum in Nashville. Great lyrics with a Raw vibe! Six month later, his beloved wife of 35 years, June Carter Cash passed in May 2003. Public Domain Image via Wikimedia Commons, That was obviously a spelling error on PURPOSE! :-). Cash's cover of "hurt" is about his fame, his family, and his drug abuse. I would find a way . song: "Hurt", Maybe trying to don't make the same mistake >? I will keep myself I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn't mine anymore… It really made me think about how powerful music is as a medium and art form." Impact of a parent who’s damaged goods! His talent, his wealth, his popularity, but in the end, it isn't going to mean anything. As he reflects on his magnificent career, he has aspects of his life and career that he knows weren't as rosy as they could have been and he knows that whatever bridges he crossed and whoever he upset in any … Cash's grave and the Cash/Carter memorial in Hendersonville Memory Gardens, Tennessee. "I focus on the pain, the only thing that's real". :). Music industry professionals such as Trent Reznor, Rick Rubin, and Mark Romanek all played crucial roles in bringing about the song and video’s birth. From that he would be able to build a real empire instead of a dirt castle. He still tries to numb his pain with drugs but it is futile ("the needle tears a hole, the old familiar sting. You are not me, I am me. It was the industrial band who first recorded the song in 1995 and later publicly performed it. 1. I would find a way? Soooooo annoying. For Cash, the inflection is put more on the idea of mortality, getting old and, slowly, watching your friends die. Superbly written. The setting inspired Romanek to use the house as a metaphor for Cash’s declining health and vitality. His life has been wasted and there isn't anything he can do. This desperation is implied in the last two lines of this verse: "I will let you down / I will make you hurt" meaning: https://spinditty.com/genres/Johnny-Cash-Hurt-The-Story-Behind-The-Video "I wear this crown of thorns upon my Liar's chair. "Hurt" was an intensely personal thing he had written during a period of severe depression, and he initially perceived the idea of a Johnny Cash version as "gimmicky." I will be following you, too. JOHNNY CASH: "HURT" (2003)"Hurt" is a song by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails from their second studio… Posted by Classic Rock Photos on Thursday, May 3, 2018 The slow-moving lyrics in “Hurt” give a strong nod to self-harm and heroin addiction. “Hurt” is an elegy recoded by a man facing his own mortality. I hurt myself today To see if I still feel I focus on the pain The only thing that's real The needle tears a hole The old familiar sting Try to kill it all away But I remember everything What have I become My sweetest friend Everyone I know Goes away in the end And you could have it all My empire of dirt I will let you down I will make you hurt I wear this crown of shit Upon my liar's … This song is about his regrets in life. The only thing he feels is "the old familiar sting" of his memories and empty shell of himself. Rick Rubin in 2006. The final stanza reveals the forlone hope that granted one more turn he would be better and make things better for both of them: “If I could start again; A million miles away; I would keep myself; I would find a way.”. 2. I would find a way" Johnny cash wants desperately to live a different life. He built an empire based on shallow validation of his stage self, instead of solid connections based on an appreciation of his true self. The Johnny Cash version makes a reference to Christ, but the original version does not. It was shot near Nashville at the then-closed House of Cash Museum. Is the voice of the protagonist. Six month later, his beloved wife of 35 years, June Carter Cash passed in May 2003. We are one consciousness experiencing itself. Although an unlikely combination on the surface, Cash and Rubin were a strong creative combination, with Rubin persuading Cash to step outside of his comfort area in regard to both song recording and the type of live concerts he would play (the memorable Glastonbury Festival 1994 being an example). A million miles away There are a lot of people out there who now have "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails in their music collection because they happened to fall in love with "Hurt" by Johnny Cash. If I could start over, I wouldn't lose myself. Jonny's version was more relatable. Throughout his life, he showed an eager desire to live according to the Gospel of Jesus. While everything may be fake, he knows he is real. By the looks of these comments no one has the slightest idea that johnny cash was a drug addict/IV drug user. The song gained a new wave of popularity in 2002 when it was famously covered by Johnny Cash, at the recommendation of producer Rick Rubin.This caused a lot of confusion for the audiences of Cash, who generally weren't familiar … If you look closely much of the setting contains old pictures of him performing with Elvis, etc. But, "my sweetest friend" was the beginning of the answer to the protagonist's question. In an echo of the Nine Inch Nails original video, he also interspersed the film shots of Cash with images of decay, such as rotting fruit. I think that when he's talking about being hurt its regret. I would keep myself. Reznor wrote it in such a dark time that it will always be his. }; Every line reveals the depth of Cash’s reflections and his private reckoning. johnny cash was a heroin addict. 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