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"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… read more


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  • Avatar for vonNachtmahr
    The original from NIN is amazing... but this interpretation is incredible.
  • Avatar for chronicplutonic
    incredible just fucking incredible
  • Avatar for Buck63760
    Masterpiece !!!
  • Avatar for marjo47
    Bless you Johnny Cash for all the great songs you have given us. In the 60s 70s and 80s me and my ex husband were in a dutch navy crowd, with parties etc. there was when I first apreciated Johnny Cash.
  • Avatar for Thonydef
    This song mann. this song mannnn. *tear tear* he really made this his own like he did with "Hang my Head"
  • Avatar for dragonswings
    For those who think this is some sort of desecration of the original song, please read what Reznor himself has said about it: Don't like it still? Fine. Stop trying to ruin the enjoyment of everyone else in the process.
  • Avatar for DautlessEscort
    @karmapolice41 exactly! Both are great and different.
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