Johnny Cash Hurt By: ross boling

Johnny Cash is an American singer, song-writer, actor, and author. He is considered as on of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. He wrote hit after hit such as "Burning Ring of Fire" and "Hurt", and many more. he got caught up in drugs and other bad things and that is why he created the song "Hurt". Hurt originally was written by a band called "Nine Inch Nails". They did the song because Cash's health had rapidly been declining. Some people call this video the saddest music video of all time. The meaning of it is very deep and depressing.

I hurt myself today

To see if I still feel

I focus on the pain

The only thing that's real

He is depressed so he is hurting himself to see if pain is real anymore to him, he thinks the only way to see if emotion exists is to hurt himself.

The needle tears a hole

The old familiar sting

Try to kill it all away

But I remember everything

He pokes himself with a needle, and feels the sting of it, because that is the only way he knows that his life is "real" he is translating emotional pain into physical pain, he used to be addicted to heroin, so every time he pokes himself the sting is similar to his old habit. He tries to erase his past but no matter what he does he can't forget it.

What have I become

My sweetest friend

Everyone I know goes away

In the end

He is saying that no matter what he does everything he does, ends in the people he cares about is driven away because of the drug addiction.

And you could have it all

My empire of dirt

I will let you down

I will make you hurt

He has nothing, when he says his empire of dirt, he is saying it is equivalent to dirt, he is willing to give this up to make up for his past.

I wear this crown of thorns

Upon my liar's chair

Full of broken thoughts

I cannot repair

He is saying he wears the crown of thorns kind of like Jesus did. In these four lines he is talking about his depression.

Beneath the stains of time

The feelings disappear

You are someone else

I am still right here

He is saying that his feelings pass away as time goes by. He is saying that the person he is singing about (His sweetest friend) has moved on and Johnny is still sitting where he was at the beginning, still depressed.

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

Once again saying he has nothing, and would give it away to start over with his life.

If I could start again

A million miles away

I would keep myself

I would find a way

He is saying if he could start again a million miles away he would change what he did, he lost himself in all the drugs, he is saying he would find a way to to keep himself the person he should be, he would learn through his failures, he would do everything all again if he got the chance.

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