Hurt Johnny cash

I hurt myself today {I let myself down today}

To see if i still feel {to make myself feel}

I focus on the pain {I focus on the hurt}

The only thing that’s real {the only thing I find consistent}

The needle tears a hole {I did heroin again}

The old familiar sting {The sting of it it in my arm}

Try to kill it all away {was there to try to take the real hurt away}

But i remember everything {but even heroin won't make me forget}

What have i become {who I am and what I do.}

My sweetest friend {my sweetest friend is myself}

Everyone I know goes away {Because everyone else leaves}

In the end {they always do}

And you could have it all {I could have had it all}

My empire of dirt {but instead I made a living off of lies}

I will let you down {I will let myself down}

I will make you hurt {I will make myself hurt}

I wear this crown of thorns {let it be known to everyone that I lie}

Upon my liar’s chair {while everyone watches}

Full of broken thoughts {I am full of sad thoughts}

I cannot repair {I cannot fix myself}

Beneath the stains of time {no matter how long I work at it}

The feelings disappear {when I do drugs the feelings go away}

You are someone else {I am someone else when I do that}

I am still right there {But yet, I am still me}

What have i become {Who am I}

My sweetest friend {My own best friend}

Everyone i know goes away {Everyone else leaves}

In the end {while I stay}

And you could have it all {I could have had it all}

My empire of dirt {but instead I made a living off of lies}

I will let you down {I will let myself down}

I will make you hurt {I will make myself hurt}

If i could start again {If I could have a second chance}

A million miles away {far away from here}

I would keep myself {I would stay the way I was}

I would find a way {before I tried heroin}

Overall theme says that though he feels like somebody else on drugs, he is still himself, and every time he did them he wishes he hadn't.

The allusion to Jesus as he spoke of the crown of thorns was probably to infer that like Jesus had to endure the long needles in his crown, Cash has to endure the temptation to do drugs.

The context of this passage is the fact that Johnny Cash DID do drugs. In the beginning, he would lie and avoid the questions that he would shoot up, but he eventually quit lying about it.

It is a ballad because it speaks of the doom that haunts his life, it has repeated key phrases, and the second and fourth lines rhyme in the poem.

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