American IV: The Man Comes Around Album

Artist(s): Johnny Cash

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The Man Comes Around

length: 4:27
producer: Rick Rubin
lead vocals: Johnny Cash
mixer: Dave Ferguson
recording engineer: Dave Ferguson
acoustic guitar: Smokey Hormel and Randy Scruggs
piano & organ: Benmont Tench
associate producer: John Carter Cash
lyricist: Johnny Cash
composer: Johnny Cash

There's a man going around taking 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 reaching 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 singing
Multitudes are marching to the big kettledrum
Voices calling, voices crying
Some are born and some are dying
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 thrown
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 singing
Multitudes are marching to the big kettledrum
Voices calling and voices crying
Some are born and some are dying
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

In measured hundred weight and penny pound
When the Man comes around.

Hurt

length: 3:39
producer: Rick Rubin
lead vocals: Johnny Cash
mixer: Dave Ferguson
recording engineer: Dave Ferguson
acoustic guitar: Mike Campbell and Smokey Hormel
piano & mellotron & organ: Benmont Tench
associate producer: John Carter Cash
composer: Trent Reznor
lyricist: Trent Reznor
I hurt myself today,
To see if I still feel,
I focus on the pain,
The only thing that's real,

The needle tears a hole,
The old familiar sting,
Try to kill it all away,
But I remember everything,

[Chorus]
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,

I wear this crown of thorns,
Upon my liars chair,
Full of broken thoughts,
I cannot repair,

Beneath the stains of time,
The feelings disappear,
You are someone else,
I am still right here,

[Chorus]

And you could have it all,
My empire of dirt,
I will let you down,
I will make you hurt,

If I could start again,
A million miles away,
I will keep myself,
I would find a way,

Give My Love to Rose

length: 3:28
producer: Rick Rubin
lead vocals: Johnny Cash
mixer: Dave Ferguson
recording engineer: Dave Ferguson
acoustic guitar: Smokey Hormel and Mike Campbell
organ & harmonium: Benmont Tench
reed organ & organ: Benmont Tench
associate producer: John Carter Cash
lyricist: Johnny Cash
composer: Johnny Cash
I found him by the railroad track this morning
I could see that he was nearly dead
I knelt down beside him and I listened
Just to hear the words the dying fellow said

He said they let me out of prison down in Frisco
For ten long years I've paid for what I've done
I was trying to get back to Louisiana
To see my Rose and get to know my son

[Chorus]
Give my love to Rose please won't you mister
Take her all my money, tell her to buy some pretty clothes
Tell my boy his daddy's so proud of him
And don't forget to give my love to Rose

Tell them I said thanks for waiting for me
Tell my boy to help his mom at home
Tell my Rose to try to find another
For it ain't right that she should live alone

Mister here's a bag with all my money
It won't last them long the way it goes
God bless you for finding me this morning
And don't forget to give my love to Rose

[Chorus]

Bridge Over Troubled Water

length: 3:56
producer: Rick Rubin
guest lead vocals: Fiona Apple
lead vocals: Johnny Cash
guest background vocals: Fiona Apple
mixer: Dave Ferguson
recording engineer: Dave Ferguson
acoustic guitar: Smokey Hormel and Mike Campbell
piano & mellotron: Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
chamberlin & mellotron & piano: Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
associate producer: John Carter Cash
lyricist: Paul Simon
composer: Paul Simon
When you're weary, feeling small
When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all
I'm on your side when times get rough
And friends just can't be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

When you're down and out
When you're on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you
I'll take your part
When darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Sail on silver girl
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way
See how they shine
If you need a friend
I'm sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind

I Hung My Head

length: 3:54
producer: Rick Rubin
lead vocals: Johnny Cash
mixer: Dave Ferguson
recording engineer: Dave Ferguson
guest acoustic guitar: Marty Stuart
acoustic guitar: Smokey Hormel and Marty Stuart
piano & organ: Benmont Tench
organ & piano & vibraphone: Benmont Tench
associate producer: John Carter Cash
composer: Sting
lyricist: Sting
Early one morning
With time to kill
I borrowed Jebb's rifle
And sat on a hill
I saw a lone rider
Crossing the plain
I drew a bead on him
To practice my aim

My brother's rifle
Went off in my hand
A shot rang out
Across the land
The horse, he kept running
The rider was dead
I hung my head
I hung my head

I set off running
To wake from the dream
My brother's rifle
Went into the sheen
I kept on running
Into the south lands
That's where they found me
My head in my hands

The sheriff he asked me
Why had I run
And then it come to me
Just what I had done
And all for no reason
Just one piece of lead
I hung my head
I hung my head

Here in the court house
The whole town was there
I see the judge
High up in the chair
Explain to the court room
What went on in your mind
And we'll ask the jury
What verdict they find

I felt the power
Of death and life
I orphaned his children
I widowed his wife
I begged their forgiveness
I wish I was dead
I hung my head
I hung my head

I hung my head
I hung my head

Early one morning
With time to kill
I see the gallows
Up on a hill
And out in the distance
A trick of the brain
I see a lone rider
Crossing the plain

And he'd come to fetch me
To see what they'd done
And we'd ride together
To kingdom come
I prayed for god's mercy
For soon I'd be dead
I hung my head
I hung my head

I hung my head
I hung my head

First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

length: 3:53
producer: Rick Rubin
lead vocals: Johnny Cash
mixer: Dave Ferguson
recording engineer: Dave Ferguson
acoustic guitar: Smokey Hormel and Mike Campbell
piano & organ: Benmont Tench
associate producer: John Carter Cash
lyricist: Ewan MacColl
composer: Ewan MacColl
The first time ever I saw your face
I thought the sun rose in your eyes
And the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave
To the night and the empty skies my love
To the night and the empty skies

The first time ever I kissed your mouth
I felt the earth turn in my hand
Like the trembling heart of a captive bird
That was there at my command my love
That was there at my command

The first time ever I lay with you
And felt your heart beat close to mine
I thought our joy would fill the earth
And would last 'till the end of time my love
And would last 'till the end of time

The first time ever I saw your face
I thought the sun rose in your eyes
And the moon and the stars were the gifts you gave
To the night and the empty skies my love
To the night and the empty skies

Personal Jesus

length: 3:20
producer: Rick Rubin
piano: Billy Preston
lead vocals: Johnny Cash
mixer: Dave Ferguson
recording engineer: Dave Ferguson
acoustic guitar: John Frusciante
slide guitar: Smokey Hormel
associate producer: John Carter Cash
lyricist: Martin L. Gore
composer: Martin L. Gore
Your own personal Jesus
Someone to hear your prayers
Someone who cares
Your own personal Jesus
Someone to hear your prayers
Someone who's there
Feeling unknown
And you're all alone
Flesh and bone
By the telephone
Lift up the receiver
I'll make you a believer
Take second best
Put me to the test
Things on your chest
You need to confess

I will deliver
You know I'm a forgiver
Reach out and touch faith
Reach out and touch faith
Your own personal Jesus

Feeling unknown
And you're all alone
Flesh and bone
By the telephone
Lift up the receiver
I'll make you a believer

I will deliver
You know I'm a forgiver
Reach out and touch faith
Your own personal Jesus
Reach out and touch faith

In My Life

length: 2:58
producer: Rick Rubin
lead vocals: Johnny Cash
mixer: Dave Ferguson
recording engineer: Dave Ferguson
acoustic guitar: Mike Campbell and Smokey Hormel
harmonium: Benmont Tench
reed organ: Benmont Tench
associate producer: John Carter Cash
harmonium & bell & reed organ: Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
writer: Paul McCartney, John Lennon
There are places I'll remember
All my life
Though some have changed
Some forever
Not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends
I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life
I've loved them all

But if all these friends and lovers
There is no one
Compares with you
And these memories
Lose their meaning
When I think of love
As something new

Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life
I love you more

Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life
I love you more
In my life
I love you more

Sam Hall

length: 2:41
producer: Rick Rubin
piano: Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
lead vocals: Johnny Cash
mixer: Dave Ferguson
recording engineer: Dave Ferguson
arranger: Johnny Cash
acoustic guitar: Smokey Hormel and Mike Campbell
harmonium: Benmont Tench
ukulele: Dave Ferguson
reed organ: Benmont Tench
associate producer: John Carter Cash
writer: [traditional]
Well, my name it is Sam Hall, Sam Hall.
Yes, my name it is Sam Hall, it is Sam Hall.
My name it is Sam Hall an' I hate you, one and all.
An' I hate you, one and all
Damn your eyes.

I killed a man, they said, so they said.
I killed a man, they said, so they said.
I killed a man, they said an' I smashed in his head.
An' I left him laying dead,
Damn his eyes.

But a-swinging, I must go, I must go.
A-swinging, I must go, I must go.
A-swinging, I must go while you critters down below,
Yell up, "Sam, I told you so."
Well, damn your eyes!

I saw Molly in the crowd, in the crowd.
I saw Molly in the crowd, in the crowd.
I saw Molly in the crowd an' I hollered, right out loud
"Hey there Molly, ain't you proud?
"Damn your eyes."

Then the Sheriff, he came to, he came to.
Ah, yeah, the Sheriff, he came to, he came to.
The Sheriff, he come to an he said, "Sam, how are you?"
An I said, "Well, Sheriff, how are you?"
"Damn your eyes."

My name is Samuel, Samuel.
My name is Samuel, Samuel.
My name is Samuel, an' I'll see you all in hell.
An' I'll see you all in hell,
Damn your eyes.

Danny Boy

length: 3:20
producer: Rick Rubin
lead vocals: Johnny Cash
mixer: Dave Ferguson
recording engineer: Dave Ferguson
arranger: Johnny Cash
pipe organ: Benmont Tench
associate producer: John Carter Cash
lyricist: Frederick Edward Weatherly
arranger: Julie Knowles
publishing: Alfred Music
composer: [traditional]
Oh Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling.
From glen to glen and down the mountain side.
The summer's gone, and all the roses falling.
It's you, It's you, must go, and I must bide.

But come ye back when summer's in the meadow.
Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow.
I'll be here in Sunshine or in Shadow
Oh Danny Boy, Oh Danny Boy, I love you so.

But if you come, and all the flowers are dying,
And I am dead, as dead I well may be.
You'll come and find the place where I am lying.
And kneel and say an "Ave" there for me.

And I will know, tho' soft ye tread above me
And then my grave will richer, sweeter be.
And you'll bend down and tell me that you love me
And I will rest in peace until you come to me.

Desperado

length: 3:14
producer: Rick Rubin
guest lead vocals: Don Henley
lead vocals: Johnny Cash
guest background vocals: Don Henley
mixer: Dave Ferguson
recording engineer: Dave Ferguson
acoustic guitar: Kerry Marx, Randy Scruggs and Jeff Hannah
organ & harmonium: Benmont Tench
reed organ & organ: Benmont Tench
associate producer: John Carter Cash
writer: Don Henley, Glenn Frey
Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?
You been out ridin' fences for so long now.
Oh, you're a hard one,
But I know that you've got your reasons.
These things that are pleasin' you,
Can hurt you somehow.

Don't you draw the queen of diamonds, boy,
She'll beat you if she's able.
Know the queen of hearts is always your best bet.
Now it seems to me, some fine things,
Have been laid upon your table.
But you only want the things that you can't get.

Desperado, oh, you ain't gettin' no younger,
Your pain and your hunger, they're drivin' you home.
And freedom, oh freedom,
Well, that's just some people talkin'
Your prison is walking,
Through this world all alone.

And don't your feet get cold in the winter time?
The sky won't snow, the sun won't shine
It's hard to tell the night time from the day
You're loosin' all your highs and lows
Ain't it funny how the feeling,
Goes away?

Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?
Come down from your fences, and open the gate
It may be rainin', but there's a rainbow above you,
You better let somebody love you,
You better let somebody love you,
You better let somebody love you,
Before it's too late.

I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry

length: 3:04
producer: Rick Rubin
piano: Benmont Tench
lead vocals: Johnny Cash
mixer: Dave Ferguson
recording engineer: Dave Ferguson
guest: Nick Cave
acoustic guitar: Mike Campbell and Smokey Hormel
associate producer: John Carter Cash
lyricist: Hank Williams
composer: Hank Williams
Hear that lonesome whippoorwill?
He sounds too blue to fly.
The midnight train is whining low:
I'm so lonesome I could cry.

I've never seen a night so long,
When time goes crawling by.
The moon just went behind a cloud,
To hide its face and cry.

Did you ever see a Robin weep,
When leaves begin to die?
That means he's lost his will to live.
I'm so lonesome I could cry.

The silence of a falling star,
Lights up a purple sky.
And as I wonder where you are,
I'm so lonesome I could cry.
I'm so lonesome I could cry.

Tear Stained Letter

length: 3:42
producer: Rick Rubin
piano: Billy Preston
lead vocals: Johnny Cash
mixer: Dave Ferguson
recording engineer: Dave Ferguson
acoustic guitar: Kerry Marx, Johnny Cash and Randy Scruggs
drums (drum set): Joey Waronker
associate producer: John Carter Cash
composer: Johnny Cash
lyricist: Johnny Cash
I'm gonna write a tear stained letter,
I'm gonna mail it straight to you.
I'm gonna bring back to your mind,
What you said about always bein' true.
Bout our secret hidin' places;
Bein' daily satisfied.
I can see you sittin' and readin' it,
While you hang you head and cry.
I just hope you're not so sad,
You're gonna go down suicide.

I'm gonna write a tear stained letter:
Put it special delivery.
'Cause it's gonna be full of stuff,
That's only known to you and me.
'Bout how every time I get turned on,
You turn me off and bring me down.
It'll be about the darkest news,
That ever did arrive in your hometown.
It'll be about the saddest thing,
Your mailman ever did bring around.

I'm gonna write a tear stained letter,
I'm gonna tell you one more time.
That you still could reconsider,
And come back to bein' mine.
An' if you think about what I'm sayin',
It'd be hard to refuse.
Just be sure you think a long time,
On the answer that you choose.
It will be a most important piece,
Of personal, private news.

Instrumental break.

I'm gonna write a tear stained letter:
Mark it "Personal Private News."
An' I hope you'll keep it to yourself,
An' don't go 'round cryin' the blues.
Givin' off a bad impression,
As to what went really wrong.
When what it was was that suddenly,
The music was all gone.
And this man and this woman got cut off,
In the middle of our song.

I'm gonna write a tear stained letter:
I'm gonna put it to a tune.
So I'll be sendin' with it,
A sweet melody for you.
And not some red-hot, upbeat zinger,
That'll set your body on fire.
But a hunk of love included,
Meant to take you a little higher.
And to settle on your sweet, sweet mind,
At night when you retire.

I'm gonna write a tear stained letter.

Streets of Laredo

length: 3:34
producer: Rick Rubin
lead vocals: Johnny Cash
mixer: Dave Ferguson
recording engineer: Dave Ferguson
arranger: Johnny Cash
acoustic guitar: Randy Scruggs and Johnny Cash
fiddle: Laura Cash
piano & harmonium: Benmont Tench
piano & reed organ: Benmont Tench
associate producer: John Carter Cash
composer: [traditional]
lyricist: [traditional]
writer: [traditional]
As I walked out on the streets of Laredo.
As I walked out on Laredo one day,
I spied a poor cowboy wrapped in white linen,
Wrapped in white linen as cold as the clay.

"I can see by your outfit that you are a cowboy."
These words he did say as I boldly walked by.
"Come an' sit down beside me an' hear my sad story.
"I'm shot in the breast an' I know I must die."

"It was once in the saddle, I used to go dashing.
"Once in the saddle, I used to go gay.
"First to the card-house and then down to Rose's.
"But I'm shot in the breast and I'm dying today."

"Get six jolly cowboys to carry my coffin.
"Six dance-hall maidens to bear up my pall.
"Throw bunches of roses all over my coffin.
"Roses to deaden the clods as they fall."

"Then beat the drum slowly, play the Fife lowly.
"Play the dead march as you carry me along.
"Take me to the green valley, lay the sod o'er me,
"I'm a young cowboy and I know I've done wrong."

"Then go write a letter to my gray-haired mother,
"An' tell her the cowboy that she loved has gone.
"But please not one word of the man who had killed me.
"Don't mention his name and his name will pass on."

When thus he had spoken, the hot sun was setting.
The streets of Laredo grew cold as the clay.
We took the young cowboy down to the green valley,
And there stands his marker, we made, to this day.

We beat the drum slowly and played the Fife lowly,
Played the dead march as we carried him along.
Down in the green valley, laid the sod o'er him.
He was a young cowboy and he said he'd done wrong.

We’ll Meet Again

length: 2:59
producer: Rick Rubin
lead vocals: Johnny Cash
mixer: Dave Ferguson
recording engineer: Dave Ferguson
acoustic guitar: Thom Bresh
fiddle: Laura Cash
clarinet: Terry Harrington
other instruments: Jack Clement
dobro: Jack Clement
associate producer: John Carter Cash
composer: Ross Parker, Hugh Charles, Ross Parker, Hugh Charles
lyricist: Hugh Charles, Hugh Charles
We'll meet again
Don't know where
Don't know when
But I know
We'll meet again
Some sunny day

Keep smilin' through
Just like you
Always do
Til the blue skies drive
The dark clouds
Far away

And will you please say hello
To the folks that I know
Tell'em that I won't be long
And they'll be happy to know
That when you saw me go
I was singing this song

We'll meet again
Don't know where
Don't know when
But I know
We'll meet again
Some sunny day

Yeah we'll meet again
I don't know where
Anf I don't know when
But I do know
That we'll meet again
Some sunny day

So Honey
Keep on smilin' through
Just like you always do
'Til the blue skies
Drive the dark clouds
Far away

And would you please say hello
To all the folks that I know
And tell'em I won't be long
They'll be happy to know
That when you saw me go
I was singing this song

We'll meet again
Don't know where
Don't know when
But I know
We'll meet again
Some sunny day