A Hundred Highways

I picked up the new, posthumously released album by Johnny Cash yesterday. Boy oh boy, it is awesome! I think that overall, it’s even better than the previous one! It’s much more rootsy and folky, with a lot of hard-hitting lyrics.
Called
American V: A Hundred Highways. It was recorded for release right after Johnny and his producer Rick Rubin finished work on American IV: The Man Comes Around. The sound quality is great, and there is real life in Johnny’s voice. It’s too bad that he died before it was released, because it made number one on Billboard — an accomplishment that he never had in life (stupidly).
Some of my favourites so far are Help Me, Like the 309, Further On (Up the Road), On the Evening Train, I Came To Believe…oh man, I think all of them are awesome. In particular, the song God’s Gonna Cut You Down and I Came To Believe. The latter is very encouraging for the faith, about relying on God through everything. It’s very nice to listen to on this Sabbath morn. In the former the lyrics are much more apocalyptic, highlighting the antithesis even. The stomping and clapping in the background give it a real gospel feel. Here are the lyrics:

God’s Gonna Cut You Down by Johnny Cash

You can run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Sooner or later
God’ll cut you down
Sooner or later
God’ll cut you down

Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, The gambler, The back biter
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em down
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em down

Well my goodness gracious let me tell you the news
My head’s been wet with the midnight dew
I’ve been down on bended knee talkin’ to the man from Galilee
He spoke to me in the voice so sweet
I thought I heard the shuffle of the angel’s feet
He called my name and my heart stood still
When he said, “John go do My will!”

Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, The gambler, The back biter
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em down
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em down
You can run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Sooner or later God’ll cut you down
Sooner or later God’ll cut you down

Well you may throw your rock and hide your hand
Workin’ in the dark against your fellow man
But as sure as God made black and white
What’s done in the dark will be brought to the light

You can run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Run on for a long time
Sooner or later God’ll cut you down
Sooner or later God’ll cut you down

Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, The gambler, The back biter
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut you down
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut you down
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut you down

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  1. Steve Weaver

    I ordered the CD from Amazon over the weekend upon reading Russell Moore’s review. Sounds powerful! I’m looking forward to hearing it when it arrives. Thanks for the post!

  2. Ian

    Hey Steve,
    The more I listen to it, the more I am amazed. It is such a great album, down to the last song. I really can’t say too much about it. Thanks for letting me know that Russ Moore reviewed it, I hadn’t realised.
    Let me know what you think when you get it!

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