THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
857-Johnny Cash-Man in Black.
1971-Has never charted in the UK.
Best Bit-At 2.26. Definitely not a dedicated follower of fashion.
‘Man in Black’ is a ‘protest song,’ written in 1971 by Johnny Cash, for his 38th overall Album release, of the same name.The lyrics are a protest statement against the poor people, by wealthy politicians, mass incarceration, and the war in Vietnam.Cash states that until there is justice he will only wear black, and following this song’s release, he gained the nickname ‘Man in Black.’
By 1971 Cash (see also best songs 428) had already worn black on stage for many years. It started out in the early days, when Cash and his band were constantly on tour, and couldn’t afford new outfits, so they mixed and matched their wardrobes,and since black hid the dirt the best, that was what they wore.
Johnny Cash (1932-2003) was born J.R.Cash in Kingsland, Arkansas, U.S. into a family of poor cotton farmers. His mother wanted to call him John, and his father wanted Ray, so ‘J.R.’ was the compromise, he changed his name to John when he enlisted in the United States Air Force.
‘Ah, I’d love to wear a rainbow everyday, 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.’