Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Sooner or Later God's Gonna Cut You Down...

Thanks to Elliot for the link to the World According to Paul blog where you can play the youtube.com video of the Man in Black (aka Johnny Cash) singing in a video crammed with celebrities. The blogger wonders if the celebs actually LISTENED to the lyrics of "God's Gonna Cut You Down."

The dialogue intro explains that Johnny identified with the "poor and downtrodden." Then the video parades a bunch of pampered, ridiculously rich celebs. Is this supposed to be ironic? A social statement? Do the celebrities understand the sort of judgment that is implied by the juxtaposition of lyrics and imagery?

Oh, and does someone know who the woman in tears is? I found that a touching moment. She seems genuinely grieved. Wasn't sure if it was one of Johnny's kids...

View it here.

And here are the lyrics so you can sing along with the Johnster:

You can run on for a long time,
Run on for a long time,
Run on for a long time,
Sooner, or later, gotta cut you down.
Sooner, or later, gotta cut you down.

Go and tell that long tongue liar,
Go and tell that midnight rider,
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the backbiter,
Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down.
Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down.

Well, my goodness gracious,
Let me tell you the news.
My heads been wet with the midnight dew.
I've been down on bended knee,
Talkin to the man from Galilee.
He spoke to me in a voice so sweet,
I thought I heard the shuffle of angel's feet.
He called my name and my heart stood still,
When He said "John, go do my will"

Go and tell that long tongue liar,
Go and tell that midnight rider,
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the backbiter,
Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down.
Tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down.

You can run on for a long time,
Run on for a long time,
Run on for a long time,
Sooner, or later, gotta cut you down.
Sooner, or later, gotta cut you down.

You may throw your rock, hide your hand,
Working in the dark against your fellow man.
But as sure as God made black and white,
What's done in the dark will be brought to the light.

You can run on for a long time,
Run on for a long time,
Run on for a long time,
Sooner, or later, gotta cut you down.
Sooner, or later, gotta cut you down.

Go tell that long tongue liar,
Go and tell that midnight rider,
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the backbiter,
Tell 'em that God's gonna cut you down.
Tell 'em that God's gonna cut you down.
Tell 'em that God's gonna cut you down.

4 comments:

Selena said...

Wow, that's good stuff. Thanks for pointing it out.

Kathy Holmes said...

Great lyrics. Thanks for sharing! And I'd like to add that the Father to the fatherless will demand justice.

Elliot said...

I thought it might be a social statement - the statement that Johnny identified with the downtrodden comes first, and then the lyrics about 'God cuttin' you down' seem to be warning the celebrities, who are the opposite of the poor and downtrodden.

JC Lamont said...

thanks for linking your blog to mine -- that's awesome!