Man in Black
By: Wayne Brown
I heard it first way back in 1963
I was just a boy but man it affected me
Boom-Chicka-Boom on that old radio
Johnny Cash and his Two puttin’ on a show
I fell in love with The Ring of Fire
It was the trumpets that I most admire
But I really loved his music the best
When Cash sang of trains and the old west
He went to Folsom Prison and recorded it live
Prison boys love that rock-a-billy jump n’ jive
Cash, Luther Perkins, and Marshall Grant, the crew
Known as Johnny Cash and The Tennessee Two
Cash had his demons waiting in the wings
Pills and alcohol soon became his king
Too drunk when the demons came out to shout
Went on the Opry, kicked the stage lights out
Hey Porter! Hey Porter!
I listened to his stories of pain, love, and western days
Of John Henry, Mr. Garfield, and the Indian, Ira Hayes
He hung out with the likes Dylan and Kristofferson
Waylon Jennings, and Bocephus, Hank Williams’ son
The pains and ills of the world rode heavy on his back
To symbolize concern he became the man in black
He wrote the pain of Native Americans and gunslingers famed
Of the wild west frontier and the hell that needed tamed
Cry! Cry! Cry!
He made it to the famous Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame
And you can see The Country Hall also bears his name
He lived through the sadness of losing June, his wife
She was his rock, his world, and the love of his life
I Walk The Line!
Johnny buried his friend Waylon, laid him in the ground
He buried Luther Perkins, the man who picked his sound
He helped a young Bob Dylan when all the others past
He knew Dylan had talent and was surely here to last
Understand Your Man!
Johnny Cash was an icon in the music of our time
He influenced Rock and Country with musical line
On his inspiration, young artists were Nashville bound
He gave us all he had, his music, his words, his sound
God Bless John R. Cash
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© 2010 Wayne Brown
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