An Underappreciated Song



In your mind, in your mind
One foot on Jacob’s ladder and one foot in the fire
And it all goes down in your mind


Living at the bottom of the stairs of life
Never a smile knocking on your door
The air is blue and so are you
Prehistoric monsters on the floor

Last verse of your** last song
And God don’t hear dead men
The end of the line is in your mind
And you’ll be staying in


Bone for bone and skin for skin
Eye for eye and tooth for tooth
Heart for heart and soul for soul
Somebody said, “What is truth?”

Lock it up and close it down
The sound of mourning like a dove
Fly above the rattle and roar
And look into the face of love


Sunday words are back again
And you eat your fundamentalist pie
But just a piece, you understand
You’ll get the rest up in the sky

Praise and glory, wounded angels
Shuffling round the room
Eternity is down the hall
And you sit there bending spoons


Father, Son and Holy Ghost
Sacrificial drops of pain
On a silver-plated cross
Sanctification on a chain

They say redemption draweth nigh
But storms of silence from above
Stop your ears and close your eyes
Try to find the face of love


Johnny Cash's handwritten lyrics
Johnny Cash’s handwritten lyrics


** Interestingly, Cash first wrote “your,” edited it to read “the,” then reverted to “your” when he recorded the song.

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