Why Johnny Cash wore black.

Via on Jul 31, 2011

“I wore black because I liked it. I still do, and wearing it still means something to me. It’s still my symbol of rebellion — against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others’ ideas.”
~ Johnny Cash.

Compassion: as tough as black.

More important than feminism, veganism, tea partyism, liberalism or libertarianism or socialism, or animal rights or religion: an open mind.

I dare you to sit down and quiet up and watch this whole thing and not get chills. He speaks with a kind of compassion that I don’t often hear in today’s tea party politics. ~ Waylon

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“Man In Black”

Well, you wonder why I always dress in black,
Why you never see bright colors on my back,
And why does my appearance seem to have a somber tone.
Well, there’s a reason for the things that I have on.

I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down,
Livin’ in the hopeless, hungry side of town,
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime,
But is there because he’s a victim of the times.

I wear the black for those who never read,
Or listened to the words that Jesus said,
About the road to happiness through love and charity,
Why, you’d think He’s talking straight to you and me.

Well, we’re doin’ mighty fine, I do suppose,
In our streak of lightnin’ cars and fancy clothes,
But just so we’re reminded of the ones who are held back,
Up front there ought ‘a be a Man In Black.

I wear it for the sick and lonely old,
For the reckless ones whose bad trip left them cold,
I wear the black in mournin’ for the lives that could have been,
Each week we lose a hundred fine young men.

And, I wear it for the thousands who have died,
Believen’ that the Lord was on their side,
I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died,
Believen’ that we all were on their side.

Well, there’s things that never will be right I know,
And things need changin’ everywhere you go,
But ’til we start to make a move to make a few things right,
You’ll never see me wear a suit of white.

Ah, I’d love to wear a rainbow every day,
And tell the world that everything’s OK,
But I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back,
‘Till things are brighter, I’m the Man In Black.

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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7 Responses to “Why Johnny Cash wore black.”

  1. Spiritmancuso says:

    We need more artists like Johnny Cash.

  2. [...] No link uma explicação de um dos meus exemplos de vida e superação, o fabuloso Johnny Cash, explicando porque ele costumava usar apenas roupas negras (assim como eu também ando enegrecendo meu visual e guarda-roupa). Está em inglês publicado no site de uma revista budista americana http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/07/why-johnny-cash-wore-black/ [...]

  3. ARCreated says:

    I love me some JC :) thanks way!

  4. Giplayer says:

    What the heck does this have to do with the Tea Party? LOL.

  5. WatchingTheWorld2013 says:

    @Giplayer, It has nothing to do with the Tea Party. The author used that merely to grab attention or to make a political statement, get in a cheap dig, as it were. Johnny Cash's compassion and commitment are more aptly applied to religion in general, but Christianity in particular.

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