Thursday, August 24, 2006

 

Hurt

No, I'm not hurt ... I'm referencing the song by my beloved Johnny Cash.

I used to perform this song but haven't lately because I play the piano when I sing this one and I don't usually find myself where there is a piano available.

You talk about raw emotion. What a powerful song.

My Dad taught me that if you're going to sing or play a song, make it your own and do it with heart. I love this song. I loved it the first time I heard it. It made me cry. I was sitting in my living room watching the debut of the video on CMT.
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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.

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 liar's chair.
Full of broken thoughts I can not repair.
Beneath the stain of time the feeling disappears.
You are someone else, I am still right here.

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.

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

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There are some who find this a depressing song.
Not me.
I find it to be a real song.

Who hasn't done things they would like to erase?
Who doesn't look back at something that could have been done differently?
Life tends to turn us into robots of ritual and habit.
Haven't we all wondered if we still feel?
Haven't we all changed over time?
Aren't we all afraid of being hurt by someone else?
Don't we all have broken thoughts buried somewhere?
Haven't you ever wished that you could start again?
Don't we all have barriers up to protect us?

I think we all do to some extent.
This song speaks to me.



Comments:
I thought I knew most of his songs but I hadn't heard this one.

Yes, we've all done things we wish we hadn't.
 
Dear Ava, your deepest post yet!! Your follow to the songs lyrics were so powerful!!

Ava,, those words could be lyrical as well... hear me?(wink.)

Grew up listening to Cash, and Loretta, Tammi... all the country greats...it's in my blood.

Many great memories of family get to-gethers of instruments being play'd songs sung... some of my favorite memories are of those days Ava...

but, of course you know the value of music in the heart already.... lol

North
 
Hi Granny! It's one of his newest ones.

Hi North! I've had a very emotional introspective week as you can tell by my posts this week.
 
introspection is a good thing Ava... keep digging!! : ) we are enjoying the treasures you find!

North
 
So much truth! But don't dig too deep a hole. Sometimes I focus too much on myself. :)
 
Just had a bad week. That's all.
 
Not having been exposed to much Cash (the money or the music) I hadn't heard this one either... but I am planning to rent Walk the Line and watch it soon!
Love these lyrics...
warm thoughts for you Ava
 
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