Saturday, May 30, 2009

On the box: Walk the Line
I like it. Of course some of it’s fictional (the rift between Cash and his father). A limited singer with a lot of soul, Cash himself was coolness. ‘Not perfect but forgiven’, part of what Flannery O’Connor called the Christ-haunted South. I know what’s wrong with the film (glorifying adultery in the Hollywood way*) and with Protestant soteriology but still. A good-hearted man.
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.

I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down,
Livin’ 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 times.

And I wear it for the thousands who have died,
Believin’ that the Lord was on their side,
I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died,
Believin’ that we all were on their side.

Oh, I’d love to wear a rainbow every day,
And tell the world that everything’s OK,
But I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back,
’Till things are brighter, I’m the Man In Black.

*The mainstream view today as shown in the film: one-night stands are bad but ‘true love’, whatever that may be, is good regardless of promises made and responsibilities undertaken.

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