Hurt (3:36)

Cover of American IV: The Man Comes Around

From American IV: The Man Comes Around and 17 other releases

“Hurt” was written by Trent Reznor and first released on Nine Inch Nails’ 1994 album The Downward Spiral. Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt” was released on his 2002 album, American IV: The Man Comes Around.

Rick Rubin, producer of Cash’s American series and a friend of Reznor’s, suggested the song to Cash. The line “crown of shit” was changed to “crown of thorns”, not only removing profanity from the lyrics, but also more directly referencing Christ. The cover was released on a single with the B-side “Personal Jesus”, a cover of the Depeche Mode single.

Reznor said that when Rubin first asked if Cash could cover his song, he was “flattered” but worried that “the idea sounded a bit gimmicky.” He became a fan of Cash’s version, however, once he saw the music video: “I pop the video in, and wow… Tears welling, silence, goose-bumps… Wow. I just lost my girlfriend, because that song isn’t mine anymore… It really made me think about how powerful music is as a medium and art form. I wrote some words and music in my bedroom as a way of staying sane, about a bleak and desperate place I was in, totally isolated and alone. that winds up reinterpreted by a music legend from a radically different era/genre and still retains sincerity and meaning - different, but every bit as pure.”

Johnny Cash’s version was awarded the Country Music Award for “Single of the Year” in 2003. It ranked as CMT’s top video for 2003, #1 on CMT’s 100 Greatest Country Music Videos the following year, and #1 on the Top 40 Most Memorable Music Videos on MuchMoreMusic’s Listed in October 2007.


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  • MentallyDead

    Just... makes you cry..

    8 Nov 1:06pm Reply
  • triple_chris

    outstanding masterpiece!

    1 Nov 10:17pm Reply
  • ilovemusix

    Fantastic cover

    1 Nov 1:09am Reply
  • Sebastian-

    I just read an article called "Nine Inch Nails' 'Hurt' - a Johnny Cash Original". I think this sums it up pretty well. It used to be an anti drug song penned by Trent Reznor. But Cash/Rubin made it a song about Cash's approaching death. In the end, it is a matter of taste, but only Cash's version (especially the video) gives me goosebumps.

    28 Oct 10:55am Reply
  • MissAtomicBombb

    I love so much this music

    25 Oct 9:58pm Reply
  • PaintersTape_x

    ouch fuck this old song

    15 Oct 1:06pm Reply
  • lastdown2015

    dowloand last music and music 2015 music love

    10 Oct 12:48am Reply
  • Auroralight13

    so much better than original

    7 Oct 12:31pm Reply
  • beorn_n

    Отличная песня. Не зря Рик из TWD хочет умереть именно под нее!))

    9 Sep 1:49am Reply
  • the-cause

    The Man in Black made it his own here. So much better than the original.

    7 Sep 10:56am Reply
  • steve__

    @OcellatedGod Fuck off.

    10 Aug 6:50pm Reply
  • Zanderich

    i prefer nin's version but damn cash can make you feel

    15 Jul 8:36pm Reply
  • AliEET

    And you could have it all my empire of dirt!

    10 Jul 8:03pm Reply
  • karnickel

    17 Jun 9:26pm Reply
  • Noeli_nk

    Unico <3

    17 Jun 7:06pm Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    I love Johnny, but this cover song is just overplayed.

    16 Jun 2:07pm Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    This is foul hogwash, an insult to the original and one of the worst songs I've ever heard. Another good reason to hate Rick Rubin.

    6 Jun 10:06pm Reply
  • minotaur21

    You really feel he has lived the lyrics.

    17 May 5:47pm Reply
  • Szamot97

    And no, it's not, by any means better than the original. Still great, tho.

    24 Apr 2:00pm Reply
  • Szamot97

    God, I am so annoyed because of all this folks who think this is an original Johnny's song. I mean, yes, it's a great cover but... It's a damn cover, get your facts straight.

    24 Apr 2:00pm Reply
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