go through a Johnny Cash phase.

2 Apr

Let’s define a phase, namely, one dealing with music:

Obsessing for 1 or more month over a singular musician or band. During this period, you completely buy into the fact that this artist is the only one that has ever really understood you and music could never get better than this.

Let’s define a Johnny Cash phase:

Getting a copy of his greatest hits, freaking out over the fact that such a bad-ass exists in this world, listening to every recording from the popular Sun Recordings (“I Walk The Line”, “Folsom Prison Blues”) to the ominous and touching American albums, start wearing black – a lot of it.

Here’s why you should like him:

One, he sings country, rock and roll, and rockabilly music that doesn’t use ridiculous terms like “Sippy Cup of Milk“. What’s more, he can craft a melody while half-in-the-bag on Tennessee whiskey that will crush you.

Two, he wore black, all the time.

Three, he seemed to be a Christian AND often went to jail.

Four, he really loved his wife, June.

Finally, he penned this insane lyric:

I wish a was a trapper
I would give thousand pelts
To sleep with Pocahontas
And find out how she felt
In the mornin’
on the fields of green
In the homeland
we’ve never seen.

And maybe Marlon Brando
Will be there by the fire
We’ll sit and talk about Hollywood
And the good things there for hire
Like the Astrodome
and the first tepee
Marlon Brando, Pocahontas and me
Marlon Brando, Pocahontas and me
Pocahontas.

Enjoy your phase, see you in a month or so.

3 Responses to “go through a Johnny Cash phase.”

  1. G 21 May 2010 at 9:26 pm #

    With all due respect to the Man in Black…he didn’t “[pen] this insane lyric”.

    NEIL YOUNG wrote the song Pocahontas, and it first appeared on “Rust Never Sleeps” (1979).
    Johnny’s version didn’t come out until 2003.

    http://www.secondhandsongs.com/performance/15107

    And (imho) Neil is definitely more worthy of a “phase”… 🙂

    • you're a grown man 22 May 2010 at 12:21 am #

      Good catch, G! You are absolutely right and I will make the correction. And, I appreciate your love of Neil and I would encourage everyone to go through Neil Young, Diamond, and Sedaka phases.

      For real though, thanks for pointing it out and reading.

      • G 22 May 2010 at 2:05 am #

        The inner music nerd in me just had to speak up… 🙂

        Keep up the good work-
        I just found your blog recently, but I sure enjoy reading it!

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