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Hurt (video) Lyrics Meanings
by Johnny Cash

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Hurt (video) Lyrics

I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
The only thing that's real

The needle tears a hole
The old familiar sting
Try to kill it all away
But I remember everything

What have I become
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end

And you could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt

I wear this crown of thorns
Upon my liars chair
Full of broken thoughts
I cannot repair

Beneath the stains of time
The feelings disappear
You are someone else
I am still right here

What have I become
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know
Goes away in the end

And you could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt

If I could start again
A million miles away
I will keep myself
I would find a way

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Johnny Cash's most emotional song, I think. He wrote it for June Carter, who died before the record was released. He loved her so much. He was once asked what his description of paradise would be and he answered that it was that morning having coffee with her. That's all it took. The wonderful thing about this song is that it's not some platonic love description, but it's him saying he's got a lot of baggage and a lot of mistakes that he can't take back, but he would, all of it, if it just would bring her back.

Okay, wrong information! the lyrics are actually from Nine Inch Nails! but it still would have fitted perfectly the entire Johnny and June situation. And it's still a lovely song.

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