Who knew that a Nine Inch Nails cover could become one of the most moving songs in music's illustrious history? Johnny Cash's cathartic will and testament to a life of debauchery and regrets is chronologued with an unmistakable pathos in such a direct music video. Astonishing.
The video and the song both emotionally touching. The fact that its contained archieved images from Cash's life up to his final months is a great testament and what makes it so powerful. Theres so much pain behind it and a haunting portrait of a clearly fragile Cash. He project his emotions and it can be heard in his voice. This especially devastating because it was recorded months before his death.
The music video manly men can cry their manly tears to. And deservedly so! I suspect that Cash in his later years could imbue any song with old-timey dignity and pathos, but there was always a hard kernel of something beyond nihilistic self-pity in NIN's output. A gorgeous, leathery, heartbreaking video.