Johnny Cash and Tuesday mornings

Russell Minick Leave a Comment

In the 5 day story retelling, Tuesday corresponds to the fall. God made a good world, so what has happened? Johnny Cash knows. We couldn’t resist, and now things hurt.

I remember listening to Johnny Cash as a kid, even at the expense of ridicule from my English neighbors’ older kids: “Johnny Trash” they’d say. But I liked listening to the 8-track recordings lamenting guilt, alienation, absurdity. Folson Prison Blues, A Boy named Sue, One Piece at a Time, The 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

Ecclesiastes 1:13-18 And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with.

I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind. What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be counted.

in much wisdom is much vexation,

and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

song by Tom Petty


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