“I remember everything” – redux

Apropos nothing…

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  • pippakin

    Is this a blank page I see before me???

    If it is it’s been done before. John Lennon or possibly Yoko Ono. It may have been a book or possibly some pages in a book, or possibly none of the above.

  • Pete Baker

    No, pip.

    There is, or should be, a video there.

  • pippakin

    Pete Baker

    Nope. Not this end, mind it might be my extremely unreliable B/B

  • Pete Baker

    It’s there for me, pip.

  • pippakin

    Pete Baker

    Must be my broad band, again.

  • Never get tired of this song or the video. Johnny Cash: legend.

  • Alias

    The problem with songs that are that profound is that anyone that understands it would find it far too painful to listen to it as often as good songs usually merit.

  • RIP, Mr. C

  • slappymcgroundout

    I trust that one and all understand that this is Johnny covering Nine Inch Nails. So if we’re giving out credit for the “profound”, the credit goes to Trent Reznor aka Mr. Profound. Of course, Trent wasn’t feeling very profound when he wrote the song.

  • wild turkey

    thanks for this Pete

    just put on the CD… his version of In my life… what can i say

    A thought. As the generation of pols that was around in the1970s and 1980s and 1990s reaches their, ah, golden years, perhaps one of the parties will pick up on Hurt as a campaign tune?

    answers on a postcard please.

  • susan

    In a perfect world anyone anyone condescending enough to begin their post “I trust that one and all understand” would also be charitable enough to concede that Trent Reznor himself rather infamously found the experience of viewing the video of Johnny Cash singing his composition “Hurt” literally life-changing.

    AKA profound.

    Why Reznor chose to share his innermost thoughts on the experience with The Sun is anyone’s guess, but it was picked up and re-circulated endlessly by the worldwide music press.

    It’s a great story if anyone missed it. A link to the original full length interview:

    http://tiny.cc/r46n3

  • slappymcgroundout

    Google yourself silly re all the Cash fans still claiming to this day that Johnny wrote Hurt and that NIN did the cover. That’s why I said what I said re authorship. And, sorry, but in Trent’s own words: the song came out of a really ugly corner of my mind… You can kinda tell, yes? Pain, the only thing that’s real? Lastly, Trent doesn’t call the song “profound”, but “prophetic”:

    So that whole album became a self-fulfilling prophecy?

    Yes. Oddly enough, that album began my own personal plummet into the depths of addiction…

    But who am I to stand in the way of your vision of “profound”. So keep on thinking that a song of utter despair is “profound”.

  • Susan

    Slappy, you didn’t quite read my post or the link, did you?

    Trent Reznor didn’t call the song profound — he said the effect on him of viewing Cash’s video — as opposed to just the audio — was profound.

    Nor did I say anything at all — not one word — about my own visions of “profound.” Just as in your first post, you are being pointlessly condescending.

    Nonetheless, best wishes for what I hope is your continuing recovery from the personal depths of addiction.

    Sincerely.

  • Alias

    Exactly right, Susan. The lyric is rather bland when read, but the artist rendering it has made it a song that is profound – and the video adds to the art.

    As Malcolm Redfelllow observed about the video on another thread, we are all doomed to look back on images of ourselves as younger people when we could do the things that we can no longer do.

    From the pianist with arthritic hands closing the lid on a piano that he can no longer play to the son regretting that he can’t undo the unkind words to his dead mother.

    In the end, there is no redemption: just endless regret about things that can’t be done or undone, and then death.

  • slappymcgroundout

    Sorry, but no need for rehab for me. As I told the deluded soul who first offered me some coke back in the day: my friend, they give that shit to monkeys and the first thing the monkeys do is give up sex for that shit, and then the next thing the monkeys do is give up food for that shit. Don’t know about you, but I love a good surf and turf and dinner at the Y, so I’ll have to pass. And you might learn something from those monkeys.

    Lastly, disagreement isn’t “condescending”, it’s disagreement. Put another way, you hear these morons today saying that you have to respect their opinion. No, I don’t. I respect their right to have an opinion, and so I allow them to voice their opinion, but I’m entirely free to dissect their opinion to shreds should the perceived need arise. The theory is that speech is met by yet more speech. Today’s morons instead have, speech, my sacred opinion, and so you can’t say anything against it, and if you do, you’re condescending, etc. Sorry, but that’s fascism and homey don’t play that.

    For one more, Alias, read what you wrote. No redemption. And here Johnny claimed to be Christian. I’ll let you figure out how we reconcile that. I won’t even begin to try since I posit the impossibility of getting redemption from causing pain to feel as pain’s all that’s real. And endless regret doesn’t exactly square with notion of euangelion.

  • Susan

    Alias
    “As Malcolm Redfelllow observed about the video on another thread, we are all doomed to look back on images of ourselves as younger people when we could do the things that we can no longer do.

    From the pianist with arthritic hands closing the lid on a piano that he can no longer play to the son regretting that he can’t undo the unkind words to his dead mother.”

    Eloquently put, Alias! And no doubt a large part of why the video continues to strike a nerve in people with vastly different backgrounds and core beliefs.

    For me, and I suspect for you and millions of others, the ravaged raw pain in Cash’s voice and his delivery of Reznor’s searing lyrics alone literally stopped me cold the first time I heard it on cd, long before I saw the video, inspired though it was.