God's Gonna Cut You Down by johnny cash

He was born J.R. Cash in February 26, 1932. His family were cotton farmers, and he started working in the fields at the age of five. His family’s singing while in the fields was what helped inspire him to become a singer. He was very close to his brother Jack, who was killed in a headsaw accident and was almost cut in two. J.R. expressed guilt over the incident as that day he had wanted to fish with his brother, however Jack went to work anyway because the family needed money. After a week of suffering, Jack died on May 20, 1944. Cash spent many nights listening to the family radio to gospel music, he learned guitar and started writing and performing songs at the age of twelve. As he became famous, he struggled with drug addiction and alcoholism. His hard life comes out through his music. His performance at Folsom Prison was something that had never been heard of before.

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

The hook of the song carries the central theme, that no matter how much you run God will still catch up with you.

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

In the second part of the hook Johnny Cash is saying that the people who are going to be cut down by God are sinners, and that their misdeeds will catch up to them.

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!"

Here he's saying that while praying, Jesus asks him to do his will on Earth, presumably to take down those who have commited sins.

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 down in the dark will be brought to the light

The final verse of the song states that even though you may hide what you've done, or act like you did not do it, God still knows what you did, and you will still be punished for your actions.

The Song in its entirety is about how sinners will be punished. It's about how no matter how much you run, God will still punish you in the end. No matter how well you hide what you've done, God still knows.

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