226 THE CASTIRON’S FAVOURITES 202012

Man in Black. The Castiron likes to share some focal points of this song’s content with you. According to Wikipedia, this song refers both to Johnny Cash’s tendency to wear black at live shows and to the tumultuous times in which the song was created. The Man in Black became Cash’s nick name. It has been one of The Castiron’s favourite songs for quite a few decades; although about half a century old, it has not lost its actualitiy.

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 those who 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, there’s things that never will be right I know – And things need changin’ everywhere you go

But I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back – ’Till things are brighter, I’m the man in black.

The Castiron had the opportunity to experience Johnny Cash (26th February 1932 – 12th September 2003) live on stage – a long time ago. It was very impressive and unforgettable; only a few years later did he grasp the central, everlasting truth described in this song.

See you next Friday.   -   God bless you, all the best!   The Castiron

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