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Man In Black Lyrics By Johnny Cash

    well you wonder why i always dress in black
    why you never see bright colors on my back
    and why does my appearance seem to have a somber tone
    well there’s a reason for the things that i have on

    i wear the black for the poor and the beaten down
    living in the hopeless hungry side of town
    i wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime
    but is there because he’s a victim of the time

    i wear the black for those who’ve never read
    or listened to the words that jesus said
    about the road to happiness through love and charity
    why you’d think he’s talking straight to you and me

    well we’re doing mighty fine i do suppose
    in our streak of lightning cars and fancy clothes
    but just so we’re reminded of the ones who are held back
    up front there ought to be a man in black

    i wear it for the sick and lonely old
    for the reckless ones whose bad trip left them cold
    i wear the black in mourning for the lives that could have been
    each week we lose a hundred fine young men

    and i wear it for the thousands who have died
    believing that the lord was on their side
    i wear it for another hundred thousand who have died
    believing that we all were on their side

    well there’s things that never will be right i know
    and things need changing everywhere you go
    but ’til we start to make a move to make a few things right
    you’ll never see me wear a suit of white

    ah i’d love to wear a rainbow every day
    and tell the world that everything’s okay
    but i’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back
    until things are brighter i’m the man in black

    Artist: Johnny Cash

    Year: 1971

    Decade: 70s

    Language: en

    Word Count: 151