The Man Comes Around Lyrics

Johnny Cash


publisher: ©BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
writers: Johnny Cash
album: Track 1 in album American IV: The Man Comes Around
release date: 2002-11-5
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length: 4:29
guest performer: Randy Scruggs
acoustic guitar: Randy Scruggs and Smokey Hormel
organ & piano: Benmont Tench
lyricist: Johnny Cash
composer: Johnny Cash

Cover Art

Johnny Cash American IV: The Man Comes Around cover art
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"And I heard, as it were, the noise of thunder
One of the four beasts saying,
'Come and see.' and I saw, and behold a white horse"

There's a man goin' 'round takin' names
And he decides who to free and who to blame
Everybody won't be treated all the same
There'll be a golden ladder reachin' down
When the man comes around

The hairs on your arm will stand up
At the terror in each sip and in each sup
Will you partake of that last offered cup
Or disappear into the potter's ground?
When the man comes around

Hear the trumpets hear the pipers
One hundred million angels singin'
Multitudes are marchin' to the big kettledrum
Voices callin', voices cryin'
Some are born and some are dyin'
It's alpha and omega's kingdom come
And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree
The virgins are all trimming their wicks
The whirlwind is in the thorn tree
It's hard for thee to kick against the pricks

Till armageddon no shalam, no shalom
Then the father hen will call his chickens home
The wise man will bow down before the throne
And at his feet they'll cast their golden crowns
When the man comes around

Whoever is unjust let him be unjust still
Whoever is righteous let him be righteous still
Whoever is filthy let him be filthy still
Listen to the words long written down
When the man comes around

Hear the trumpets hear the pipers
One hundred million angels singin'
Multitudes are marchin' to the big kettledrum
Voices callin', voices cryin'
Some are born and some are dyin'
It's alpha and omega's kingdom come
And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree
The virgins are all trimming their wicks
The whirlwind is in the thorn trees
It's hard for thee to kick against the prick
In measured hundredweight and penny pound
When the man comes around

"And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts
And I looked, and behold a pale horse
And his name that sat on him was death, and hell followed with him"


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 The Man Comes Around
  • 2 Hurt
  • 3 Give My Love to Rose
  • 4 Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • 5 I Hung My Head
  • 6 First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  • 7 Personal Jesus
  • 8 In My Life
  • 9 Sam Hall
  • 10 Danny Boy
  • 11 Desperado
  • 12 I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
  • 13 Tear Stained Letter
  • 14 Streets of Laredo
  • 15 We’ll Meet Again