Hurt (5:00)

Cover of The Downward Spiral

From The Downward Spiral and 141 other releases

“Hurt” is a song written by Trent Reznor, first released on Nine Inch Nails’ 1994 album The Downward Spiral. In 2002, Hurt was covered by Johnny Cash to critical acclaim; it was one of Cash’s final hit releases before his death.

Reznor’s comments after seeing the video of the Cash version of his song were:

“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.” Here is a link to the Johnny Cash video cover.


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  • Mister-Sinister

    Really? "Cash original"? I hope you meant original cover..

    25 Sep 7:42pm Reply
  • Harry_01

    I really like both versions.

    22 Sep 9:59am Reply
  • Illest_Villain

    nice cover but the Cash original is far superior [3]

    2 Aug 5:18pm Reply
  • bartende_r


    2 Jul 9:52pm Reply
  • NaTeczKaa

    Most powerful song live. Most soulful. I am schoked after recent show/

    13 Jun 8:04am Reply
  • fariborz69


    4 Jun 9:24am Reply
  • Wichssocke

    Tagging this song as "cover" must be the highest level of ignorance. [6]

    12 May 12:00pm Reply
  • LopezJV

    Tagging this song as "cover" must be the highest level of ignorance. [5 ]

    7 May 11:32pm Reply
  • enyenya

    It defines my whole life.

    7 May 6:45pm Reply
  • sqrb3ar

    i love both, by Cash and NIN

    25 Apr 9:36pm Reply
  • Putesky

    Tagging this song as "cover" must be the highest level of ignorance. [4]

    24 Apr 12:41am Reply
  • joshsaussey

    Such an awesome and powerful track. It is the perfect ending to The Downward Spiral.

    23 Apr 3:56am Reply
  • N0dr0g

    Couldn't agree more, Grycho.

    17 Apr 8:57pm Reply
  • Anacorreal

    Timeless song, after so many years still gives me chills.

    7 Apr 6:03pm Reply
  • Grycho

    Both versions are perfect in two completely different ways. Be quiet.

    3 Apr 8:50pm Reply
  • Matti81

    Cashs cover is so damn perfect that NINs original could be a cash cover...

    28 Mar 11:13am Reply
  • inthesameroom

    nice cover but the Cash original is far superior [2]

    28 Mar 7:45am Reply
  • _218_5_

    Tagging this song as "cover" must be the highest level of ignorance. [3]

    27 Mar 8:48pm Reply
  • sqrb3ar


    25 Mar 7:20am Reply
  • samjw84

    lol @inthesameroom~_~ cash didnt really do the original, that honor goes to NiN, if confused by my previous post, sarcasm does not relay in text, but I tried ^_^

    19 Mar 1:35am Reply
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