It was written by Trent Reznor for the NiN album ‘The downward spiral’ This song is about realising consequence and regret. About “Hurt” This song, originally written and performed by Nine Inch Nails, is of disputed meaning: is it about self harm, doing heroin, or both? (And that's why it's the LIAR's chair.) June would die three months after filming, her husband, seven. How drugs took a toll on himself and those around him. It was the last single released by Johnny Cash before his death in September 2003, but he saw it hit number 33 on the Billboard Alternative Songs and number 56 on Hot Country charts. He wants to live a life where he remembers where his values should lie. 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. The thing about a crown of thorns is that it slowly tears away at your head until it gets into your skull and destroys your ability to think straight again. Diabeties consuming his body. It was included on the “Downward Spiral” album released in 1994. Born J.R. Cash in Kingsland, Arkansas in 1932, the musician signed to the legendary Sun Records in … Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? A man who gets tired of the world and decides to throw away everything he thinks is holding him back. Learn how to perform a hard reboot on an HP Chromebook 14 inch computer.For other helpful videos go to hp.com/supportvideos or youtube.com/howto4u. You are who your are and you are stuck with it. 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. 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. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. It was shot near Nashville at the then-closed House of Cash Museum. Every line reveals the depth of Cash’s reflections and his private reckoning. “The place was in such a state of dereliction. That idea would blossom into a heart-wrenching music video, that spoke about the transience of life, the gracelessness of death, the Ozymandian crumbling of an oeuvre and the decline of a genre, an era and an attitude. And his regret for the things he did, and failed to do consuming all his thoughts. He hade fame, he had money he had everything anyone could ever want. All of the people that he experienced throughout his life ‘go away, in the end’. Its just really sad that he couldn't find happiness despite doing everything he could. When Johnny Cash's version came out, perhaps I was skewed by the ideas that I already had in mind about the song, but to me it came across even more strongly along those lines. A million miles away I would keep myself I would find a way What is trying to say in that staza and his last line. The closed piano lid. The song is considered by many to be one of his saddest songs ever, with a video to match. In 2002, Cash covered Hurt and Reznor was in awe and announced in Rolling Stone magazine that Hurt belonged to Cash. I try to escape my pain. If I could start over, I wouldn't lose myself. He still feels empty. Impact of a parent who’s damaged goods! If I could start over, I would keep myself.it was written as a song about losing yourself to addiction. 2. The manner in which it is … Every line reveals the depth of Cash’s reflections and his private reckoning. You are not me, I am me. By the looks of these comments no one has the slightest idea that johnny cash was a drug addict/IV drug user. That’s when I got the idea that maybe we could be extremely candid about the state of Johnny’s health - as candid as Johnny has always been in his songs.”. You could have all of what he had. No matter what his damn video looked like, 'Hurt' is not Johnny Cash's song. I understood everything, his pain and I'm every time thinking at this song. Country singer Johnny Cash covering a Nine Inch Nails song is so odd that it’s perfect. One of my favorite videos ever. There was, like, this moist clearing of our throats and then, ‘Uh, okay, let’s get some coffee.’”. Away from the drugs. adunit_id: 100001411, We are one consciousness experiencing itself. The cracked platinum records. He is his own ‘sweetest friend’. 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. Most people know that it was originally an (excellent in its own right) Nine Inch Nails song, but exactly how the cover and its iconic music video were put together only adds to its resonance. @mike571765I first heard NIN's version, and only later did I hear Johnny Cash's cover. Self worth In the 1960s, Johnny was hardly around for his wife and daughters and soon got a divorce due to his non-attendance. Universal eventually agreed to the music video, but Romanek now faced a race against time, with Cash’s health declining and the 71-year-old being unwilling to stick around in the cold Tennessee weather. Great lyrics with a Raw vibe! All lyrics provided for educational purposes only. Jonny's version was more relatable. 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. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. He had only days to turn something around. im 13 years old and for the first time I listened I understood it.i cried. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. I know the song has various interpretations but I am pretty confused by that line div_id: "cf_async_" + Math.floor((Math.random() * 999999999)) Ask someone to name a song that always has the power to reduce them to tears, and the chances are they’ll swiftly reply “Johnny Cash. It really made me think about how powerful music is as a medium and art form." "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. Time running out on his remaining earthly days, his strength dissipated and spent. A: “Hurt” was actually written by Trent Reznor of the alternative industrial rock band, Nine Inch Nails. The only thing he feels is "the old familiar sting" of his memories and empty shell of himself. Protagonist, outro: However, JC does a lovely cover, even Trent was taken aback. I’m going to go into a lot of detail in this post. He is you and this song was a thought you had in another life. If you aren't careful you will waste your life like he did and have an empire of dirt left behind. And his regret for the things he did, and failed to do consuming all his thoughts. For Cash, the inflection is put more on the idea of mortality, getting old and, slowly, watching your friends die. Depression var opts = { I might have promised and will promise to myself ("my sweetest friend") to turn my life around, but I haven't changed and I won't. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. So much so, that in one of the last songs he wrote, “The Man Comes Around”, he gives a deeply personal message about Christian faith to his fans. This song is about his regrets in life. The verse is always the voice of the protagonist. UP TO 4K!Music video by Johnny Cash performing Hurt. Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists: Johnny Cash Directed by Mark Romanek, the “Hurt” video deftly intertwined images of Cash, 71 at the time, with footage of the Man in Black in his prime. Is the voice of the protagonist. I was at a loss understanding the lyrics, before I visited this page. Our development can be broken into different stages, starting when we are born and ending when we die. Well, I can offer my two cents, but first you must know that its not Johnny Cashes song! Click Continue. “We were in the studio, getting ready to work and I popped it in,” he recalled. I would find a way" Johnny cash wants desperately to live a different life. I assume the last lines "I would keep myself, I would find a way" means he would still make the same choices even if given another chance. In the 1960s, Johnny was hardly around for his wife and daughters and soon got a divorce due to his non-attendance. I think this song is the musings of an old man who regrets the life he lived... Now he feels he has nothing but pain. "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 mutual friend, the producer Rick Rubin. His life has been wasted and there isn't anything he can do. Johnny passed in September 2003. Six month later, his beloved wife of 35 years, June Carter Cash passed in May 2003. Johnny Cash had a long and eventful career before he recorded Hurt in 2002. He wants the listeners to know the mistakes he had made and wants us to learn from them. "Everyone I know goes away in the end", "You are someone else, I am still right here" means all the people who he once used as comfort for his ego have grown past admiring him, but he has not grown with them. 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. The ‘closed to public’ sign on the museum. 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. "If I could start again Drugs/drug addiction 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. The acceptance of your life, and a bit of foreboding for the inevitable. I was wondering what that specific line means in Johnny Cash's cover of Hurt? https://spinditty.com/genres/Johnny-Cash-Hurt-The-Story-Behind-The-Video It is originally a NIN song. Protagonist, verse 2: 3. The concept had to be completely revised as Cash's health declined, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile, Ask someone to name a song that always has the power to reduce them to tears, and the chances are they’ll swiftly reply “Johnny Cash. The tears well at different times for different viewers - for me it’s always the pouring of the wine from Cash’s frail hand. 1. This song is about his regrets in life. I think Cash's version has "meaning" to more because more people are aware of his personal issues, and the song strongly follows his personal life. "I love you, but because I'm flawed and self-destructive it's still going to hurt you sometimes, and I'm sorry for that." His talent, his wealth, his popularity, but in the end, it isn't going to mean anything. He … Hurt.”. Johnny Cash was a deeply religious man, who loved Jesus and the Bible. He lost himself to dirt and if he could have his time again, he would do his life differently and be honest with himself (instead of kidding himself on the Liar's Chair and doing drugs). Now, I have an idea I like. Explaining the self-loathing nature of the songs on. Crown and thrown, trappings of misspent life or transient pleasures. He was likely referring to his fans and the people who orbited him when he was popular. 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. What have I done? Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Hurt was released by Johnny Cash on American IV in November, 2002. "Everyone I know “Hurt” is an elegy recoded by a man facing his own mortality. Six month later, his beloved wife of 35 years, June Carter Cash passed in May 2003. Johnny Cash was a drug addict. 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. “I cried the first time I saw it,” he said. “Hurt” is an elegy recorded by a man facing his own mortality. Six month later, his beloved wife of 35 years, June Carter Cash passed in May 2003. The outro says it all. I believe Johnny Cash realised this in his later years which is why he chose to sing this particular song. However, if the song songs familiar it is due to the fact that it is a cover performed by Johnny Cash. The album is a chronicle of the destruction of a man. The story behind Johnny Cash "Hurt" music video, The recording went ahead, produced by super producer Rick Rubin, and was released as a single in 2003, catching the ear of respected, “I begged Rick Rubin to let me shoot something to that track,” Romanek told Dave Urbanski in, {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}}, The story behind Johnny Cash’s Hurt, still the saddest music video, ‘The Man Comes Around: The Spiritual Journey of Johnny Cash’, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. Cash's cover of "hurt" is about his fame, his family, and his drug abuse. The former home of Cash… 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. I would find a way? }; Rick Rubin now sees the video as a historical document. From that he would be able to build a real empire instead of a dirt castle. Time running out on his remaining earthly days, his strength disipated and spent. The key line is 'everyone I know...goes away...in the end'. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. The song is about the following; REMASTERED IN HD! I like this interpretation a lot, because I'm sure many people (maybe every adult) had these feelings at some point in their lives: you want to make changes in your life, but you can't, you are desperate. In 2011 NME named the music video for Cash’s Hurt the best video of all time. 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. 4. The clips from earlier in Johnny’s career. 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.”. Had it been the same voice throughout it would have been, "what have I become, my sweetest friend"? When Johnny Cash sang this he was at the final stage of his development - ego integrity vs. despair - and he felt despair. Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt" was released on his 2002 album, American IV: The Man Comes Around. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. The NIN version is much more directly about drugs (heroin to be specific). As his friends pass away and death approaches him he is realizing how much he lied to himself over the years. I sing this song to my baby daughter at least once a week. A sad footnote to a sad story, Cash’s home of nearly 30 years in which the video was shot, burned down in 2007. As he does this, he … During his life he became a liar, to others but first to himself. The crown of thorns could also be his dementia. A million miles away The original version of … Diabetes consuming his body. Original conception for the video thrown out the window, Romanek jumped on a red-eye flight to Nashville and began scouting potential filming locations, leading him to Cash’s home and museum, The House of Cash. Hurt violates this slightly. “I begged Rick Rubin to let me shoot something to that track,” Romanek told Dave Urbanski in ‘The Man Comes Around: The Spiritual Journey of Johnny Cash’, who was instantly enamoured of the rendition and even offered to shoot the video for free. “By the end I was really on the verge of tears…there was just dead silence. While everything may be fake, he knows he is real. But how did he end up covering that song? The song received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Song in 1996. 5. Rick Rubin, producer of Cash's American series and a friend of Reznor's, suggested the song to Cash. "Hurt" original by nine inch naiils later covered by johnny cash. It was released on April 17, 1995 as a promotional single from the album. And thanks to everybody who wrote their own interpretations. Maybe trying to don't make the same mistake >? The recording went ahead, produced by super producer Rick Rubin, and was released as a single in 2003, catching the ear of respected One Hour Photo director Mark Romanek. I like this song very much but i dont understand one line of this song and that at the end. To do it in a four-minute music video is shocking.”. The moral of the story is that Johnny didn't hold on hard to himself. He knows that no matter what he would have still hurt the people in his life. Try to kill it all away but I remember everything"). He still is facing the same thing everyone else faces (old age, death, and depression). Hac Barton from Las Vegas, Nv Johnny Cash was an amazing songwriter and performer, but he can't take away from the pure emotion Trent Reznor put into this song. I could have a better life with "My empire of dirt", but instead I'm injecting myself on this liar's chair. This desperation is implied in the last two lines of this verse: "I will let you down / I will make you hurt" meaning: https://www.simplypsychology.org/Erik-Erikson.html. And everything that he held dear to his heart left, taken away by time. It was about losing yourself to your base self. Johnny Cash was a drug addict. "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. He’d made all of this, purely to distract himself from the crippling loneliness of his own consciousness. It was included on NIN ‘s 1994 album, Downward Spiral. "If I could start again, a million miles away, I would keep myself, I would find a way." "What have I become"? Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. He was found nearly dead due to a drug overdose and had lost the most important thing: himself. When asked if Cash could take on the song, NIN’s Trent Reznor at first said he was “flattered”, but worried that “the idea sounded a bit gimmicky” (his opinion would massively change, but we’ll get to that). All lyrics are property and copyright of their owners. This song makes me think of Erik Erikson's stages of psychosocial development. Protagonist, verse 1: All his past glory is shown in the pictures. As someone else said earlier he's shown on a "throne". Full of broken thoughts I cannot repair." The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Johnny passed in September 2003. He built an empire based on shallow validation of his stage self, instead of solid connections based on an appreciation of his true self. "And you could have it all Johnny Cash - Hurt - Lyrics Meaning The song "Hurt" by Johnny Cash was a song off of the 2002 album titled "American IV: The Man Comes Around." Hope you're safe and happy wherever you are Johhny. I think that when he's talking about being hurt its regret. All he can do lament the sort of person he is. Read our full mailing list consent terms here, “It had been closed for a long time,” the director recalled. Every experience that he’d ever had was just his empire of dirt that he’d created. The song was released as a single along with "Personal Jesus", a Depeche Mode cover. I think "my sweetest friend" is neither drugs, nor the loved ones, nor Jesus; it's himself (or maybe his physical body). But, "my sweetest friend" was the beginning of the answer to the protagonist's question. :). goes away in the end". Trent’s song not Johnny’s song. Song meanings ©2003-2020 lyricinterpretations.com, I Still Believe (Performed Live On A Holly Dolly Christmas TV Special). The line "crown of shit" was changed to "crown of thorns", not only removing profanity from the lyrics, but also more directly referencing Christ. 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