30 Dez 2014

Ain’t no grave...

Submitted by Bernd

"There ain't no grave, can hold my body down" is a traditional written by the religious songwriter Brother Claude Ely and the titlesong on "American VI", an album by Johnny Cash, released posthumously in 2010 - years after his dead. Cash leads people (like me) to some sort of country music, although having completly other interests when it comes to modern music - up to a specific moment...

My moment , the so called trigger comes some years ago when listening to this video, a title called Hurt. It is only a cover-version, originaly written and played by an unknown band named "Nine Inch Nails". The lyrics are dark drowned on the use of drugs and -without them- the ongoing pain until life reaches the end. For me this song comes across in a slightly different meaning. Not primary on the use of drugs in an extensive way, but on growing old, more and more each day, leaving behind the former life, health and profession, let behind the loved ones even more and more each day.

Although being a cover-version, this video is build on Johnny Cash. It comes with some flashing, some small pieces showing the younger Cash and later on leads to a terrific use of symbols when (his) life crashes; and he know it... But beyond that and to remind the starting sentence so far it will be very clear, that "no grave can hold his body down". For me I can't remember what comes first, seeing this video or the biographical movie "Walk the line". The film focuses on Cash's early life, his romance with June Carter, and his ascent to the country music scene, based on his autobiographies. One can better understand the"flashing" in that video by having seen this drama before.