You might not think 'inspirational' or 'emotional' when you first think of Johnny Cash covering Nine Inch Nails. Especially considering the song Johnny is covering is called 'Hurt' and it's about cutting himself and pain and needles and an 'empire of dirt'.
Johnny's unexpectedly soulful singing is albeit full of woe and disappointment. The song is a lamentation, and sung at 71 years of age, Johnny no doubt channels a lot of deep and personal memories.
Johnny's rendition of 'Hurt' will tug at your heartstrings because it's one of those rare recordings that captures the kind of universal, human nature feelings we all experience but can so rarely capture effectively ourselves.
The entirety of the music video was shot at the abandoned Johnny Cash Museum. This backdrop alone is the perfect visual for the lyric 'empire of dirt'. It's gritty and provoking. There are scenes of Johnny playing the piano when you can visibly see his hands shaking.
Johnny Cash doesn't glamorize himself whatsoever in the video, and that's what is amazing about it. He essentially highlights the feeling of a 'fall from grace'; reflecting on the fact that he was once loved and adored and handsome, and now feels old, and forgotten, and near death.
Watch the video below and we promise it will change you.
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by Nine Inch Nails
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