When in doubt I like to turn to the tunes of Johnny Cash:
Reach out and touch faith
“What Do I Care”:
“The Big Battle”:
That is a terrific song. Solemn and true.
Next up, “Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)”:
The album version of that song gives me goosebumps, but I’m sharing that live version for the story he tells at the beginning.
“God’s Gonna Cut You Down”:
Well you may throw your rock, hide your hand,
Workin’ in the dark against your fellow man.
But as sure as God made black an’ white,
What’s done in the dark will be brought to the light.
An interesting tune, “Delia’s Gone”:
“The Ballad of Forty Dollars” with Waylon Jennings:
One of his most popular and timeless hits, “I Walk the Line” (from the “Live at Montreux” DVD):
Another I happen to like is “Peace in the Valley” (with live footage from his concert at San Quentin):
From Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash album, which I own and listen to fairly regularly, “I’d Still Be There”:
“I See a Darkness”:
Well, you’re my friend and can you see,
Many times we’ve been out drinkin’,
Many times we’ve shared our thoughts,
But did you ever, ever notice, the kind of thoughts I got?
Well, you know I have a love, a love for everyone I know.
And you know I have a drive to live, I won’t let go.
But can you see this opposition comes rising up sometimes?
That it’s dreadful imposition comes blacking in my mind.
That was one of my favorite songs by him.
Another I really appreciate, “Ain’t No Grave”:
His rendition of Nine Inch Nails’ song “Hurt”:
Very powerful and deeply touching.
Another hard-hitter is his rendition of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”:
There are so many good tunes from Johnny Cash, but more will have to wait for another night.