Cash, Johnny - The Man In Black Lyrics

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 the poor and the beaten down
Livin' in the hopeless, hungry side of town
I wear it for the prisoner who is long paid for his crime
But is there because he's a victim of the times

I wear the black for those who've 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, we're doin' mighty fine, I do suppose
In our streak of lightnin' cars and fancy clothes
But just so we're reminded of the ones who are held back
Up front there ought to be a Man In Black

I wear it for the sick and lonely old
For the reckless ones whose bad trip left them cold
I wear the black in mournin' for the lives that could have been
Each week we lose a hundred fine young men

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

Well, there's things that never will be right I know
And things need changin' everywhere you go
But 'til we start to make a move to make a few things right
You'll never see me wear a suit of white

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

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Cash, Johnny The Man In Black Comments
  1. Kori Hoornstra

    Rip man in Black

  2. smoked salmon for all

    Until trump is no longer president, I'm the man in black.

  3. Teresa Cumberland

    He was the greatest rapper ever live

  4. Opius321

    ive heared this song several hundred times.. masterpiece

  5. brandon sarabia714

    That Vibe Cash 🙏🙏

  6. loodlebop

    Even with the religious sections that make me cringe inside, this doesn't matter because of how perfect the meaning and words are behind the song. I don't always think of this as a song but more of a protest and confession with a musical backing. What brilliant simple poetry.

  7. Star Za Fool

    Wasn't the reason he wore black was because it looked nice and clean and was easy for long tours I think during his military service n such as well?

  8. Gorden Scottfan

    Great song with perfect lead guitar by Bob Wootton...his guitar playing on this recording is the BEST example of the Luther Perkins style lead guitar style that MADE JOHNNY CASH and Bob Wootton stepped it up just enough to make it the best.

  9. Akym Rinkovsky

    Hello YouTube ✨~ if I knew how to share this back to you-guys I would. 💚~ This song has had the biggest influence on me of any song. 🙏

  10. jo potter

    I love💓 this song because of its lyrics

  11. MisterSpooks

    *_Thanks, Chicken In Black..._*

  12. Lieutenant Dan

    The original MIB

  13. Cindy M.


  14. Jonathan Williams

    Jesus didn’t say anything about happiness
    In fact Christians often get the exact opposite while on earth

  15. Provolone Stallone

    It’s sad how he never wore a suit of white on stage. (I don’t think)

  16. Trev Delucchi

    The thing about cash I liked about was that he never BSed anything, he gave it how it was. “I’d love to wear a rainbow everyday, and tell the world that everything’s okay. But until things are brighter, I’m the man in black”

  17. Randle Cochran

    "I'd love ❤ to wear a 🌈 rainbow everyday"...Jonny Cash, but "I won't lie to ya either, this is a dangerous place we have come to"...
    Game of Thrones

  18. Evripides D Splintopoulos

    no chance, buddy. unlucky

  19. Paige Schwartz

    Best song ever

  20. C-MONEY

    "You look like you're going to a funeral"
    "Maybe I am"

  21. Sheila Capps

    Ii just love this song cause it remind us that jesus is good and that the lord is with us every day.

  22. wild card

    "You look like you're going to a funeral"
    "maybe I am"!

  23. Noah Ballard

    Amen Johnny amen

  24. Provolone Stallone

    Sad to know..

    He’s always the man in black

  25. Anakin Skywalker Without the High Ground

    Becuase of this I donated $20 to my school charity.

    Its all I had.

  26. Chump Johnson

    I wish more people would have his empathy for others

  27. TheArtOfSentiment

    Deep lyrics.

  28. Silver

    Yeah good song!

  29. Richard Ansede

    One of my favorite song Johnny

  30. Lambert Smith-Hampton

    If I could dislike the dislike button, I would

  31. Frank James English

    Mid to late 90's i worked at Sams Club south of Detroit and we had a manager at one point whom had been transferred from Nashville.. He said Johnny Cash was a regular member there and would come in by himself especially at Christmas and holidays, fill up his cart with gifts and yes he wore black!!!

  32. Coppertop V

    2019.. still great

    The Purple Fly

    Wrong year

  33. Trail Blazing

    Be kind to the poor

  34. Rel

    Johnny was the first goth mood.

  35. Archibald .D . Gray

    White,straight,Christian,purity The way of happiness 🇺🇸🇨🇦

  36. Mike Phillips

    Johnny Cash showed who he was by those he associated with when he played. One was Pete Seeger when Pete wasn't so popular because of his political beliefs, and Johnny had Pete on with his fretless banjo. One thing about Pete was, if he played, and you were in the audience, you got in on the performance. Here is a number Pete did in Melbourne, Australia, in 1962, where he taught his Aussie audience how to yodel

  37. Carollyn Bratcher

    When I was a little girl I was very moved by this song. Told my family since he's the man in black I will be the girl in black...


    this man is sent from heaven to sing !

  39. Brandon

    Man in black??? Whos this fella? A prison rapist?

  40. Lord Splashington the III

    Rest in peace, the man in black.

    I like very little country music, but practically every song by Johnny Cash is great. It makes me sad that kids growing up these days probably wont ever hear his music.

  41. T E R E N C E M C K E N N A B I T C H

    I wish Johnny Cash would have been one of the presidents.

  42. the real Batman

    I wear black because I'm the grim reaper wife to be
    I wear black because I'm already dead
    That's why I tried to commit suicide
    That's why I wear black

  43. Fag Faggity

    Dislikes are gay,Change my mind.

  44. Karl ruprecht Kroenen

    I love the color black because it represents the world perfectly, void of color or vibrance but full of dark, gloom and sin. Cash died before I could met him sadly.


    Fucking badass song. I bought this record remastered for my dad. He fixed his record player just to play it and put it on the top shelf 😎

  46. Steven Patti

    A wise man once said "You are never truly wealthy without Cash"

  47. Jacob Furrow

    Subtle reminder that the US hasn't gotten better, it's gotten worse on some fronts. We're the incarceration capital of the world, with the highest reported rate of all countries.

  48. Deezy

    The lyrics to this would make a killer emo song, ngl(minus the shit about Jesus)

  49. doczg88

    There are at least 1k idiots in this world...

  50. MR. CATES

    Well you wonder why I dress in black

  51. Paul Pienkowski

    I think I'd sell my soul for Johnny to come back and show everyone true music.

  52. Greg Taillon


  53. সূর্য চক্রবর্তী

    I wish good things upon all of humanity <3

    Except the 1k morons who disliked this song.

  54. Tidemann Xperience

    Great song!!😎🎸🔥🔥

  55. The Color Red

    Now playing
    Area 51 Blues

    By Johnny Cash

  56. Jaydon King

    I love Johnny cash see ya in heaven

  57. Khalid Intidam

    You do not get the message because you need new heart.
    Johnny knows JESUS as his personal Lord and Savior.
    And by the way , if you do not have something good to say about people, keep your mouth shut

  58. hgrou

    Johnny Cash the real deal...

  59. Ethel Hoose

    Johnny was the best and his songs always tell a story rip we miss you

  60. Daniel Dentis

    Still relevant to this day.

  61. Zar11

    This is gonna be the song of the 2020s....people dealing with inequality, automation, outsourcing, opiods, and social turmoil. Need to treat each other well. This song is so so relevant

  62. Killer _acrgamer

    After this I listen to exposes yourself by Gg Allin after this so I could cleanse my soul

  63. GrimCreper

    I relate to this song way to much

  64. Axel Mad Lad

    Now I know what to say or sing when someone asks me why I’m wearing black

  65. Andre Nikolai Lindholm Thorsen

    Damn right Johnny!

  66. Kyle Shiflet

    People always call me gothic because I wear black but that's not correct I wear black cause I'm carrying on Cash's legacy

  67. Propaganda Critic


  68. linda kay roberson

    It gets me

  69. Dolph Louw

    This world has always been messed up and Johnny Cash sums it up so well.

    Dégage Delà

    You are american???

  70. Corey Dunn

    I can only Imagine Darth Vader singing this

  71. Juan Pablo Capella Campo

    All my respect for that giant. A song that touches any soul.

  72. FluffyGaming FTW

    if you disliked this absolute legend i dislike you very much as cringe as this shit is that man has gone through so much in his life time this is real music.

  73. Othelo The Moor

    A visionar. May God bless his soul.

    Dégage Delà

    @Othelo The Moor
    Je n'ai pas de femme lol mais merci à toi camarade internaute. Tu parles français ou tu te sers de google traduction comme moi??? Tu es fan d'Alain Delon??? Moi je n'a jamais regardé un film d'Alain Delon.

    Othelo The Moor

    @Dégage Delà Alors, pour t'amie. Je parles francais mais je n"ai pas assez d"exercise. Alain Delon este un de les plus grand acteurs du monde.Peut-être que tu est trop jeune est ne le pris pas pendant sa periode de glorie. Tu puex choisir toutes que tous veux de ses filmes.

    Dégage Delà

    @Othelo The Moor
    Je connais Alain Delon comme tout les français mais je n'ai jamais vu un de ses films. Tu connais Jean Paul Belmondo aussi???

    Dégage Delà

    Tu connais qui d'autre comme acteur français???

  74. Branden Faul

    Most true message of any song out there. We have a LOT to learn from this song. If we can learn to work together and forget our differences we can achieve so much. Thank you Johnny Cash for your fantastic massage.

  75. The Furriner794

    Teammate: "Why is our Sniper dressed in nothing but black dyed cosmetics?"
    Me: * mic-spams this song *


    his songs are really religious and i am an atheist but i still love it this man was a really good the real deal i must say

  77. North Douglas


    Dégage Delà

    You are american???

  78. Billy Serna

    What a philosophy,think about it. Love this guy

  79. Lobo Sapiens

    El Iorio/Larralde estadounidense 😅😄

    Dégage Delà

    You are american???

    Lobo Sapiens

    @Dégage Delà American as ,part of the continent yes!!! But American as "united states" No, I'm from Argentina.

  80. Tara Luent

    Much Love to the Man N The Black 💯💗💞💗💞🖤

  81. Nikita Khrushchev

    If Johnny was here he’d be discussed of the so called “ artists” we have now

  82. Miki Domeny

    I was drunk af one day long time ago, I dropped my phone to the snow and couldn´t find for some time.. when I finally found it, this song was changed for a ringtune :D kid you not! :D

  83. Jeremiah Moseley

    I don't understand how anyone could thumbs down this song and what it represents.

  84. 2837473782288283 2938472829292929383

    the mule

  85. JC Shirley

    This is the greatest written song since King David walked the Earth.

  86. Eleventh Goddess

    I love the right trying to lay claim to any of his works. Just listen here, connect the dots, who wears black, and stands for the poor and the downtrodden? I wonder

    I'm a hard cummer. Fuck you, bitch.

    Not the ones promoting a welfare state to keep people perpetually broke while virtue signaling to ignorant motherfuckers like yourself that are too fucking stupid to understand these songs OR how the welfare programs make people stay poor. Educate yourself, kid...

  87. Mark Smith

    johnny cash is the Elvis Presley of country

  88. x bennett

    i love it

  89. Shad Spreiter

    not a country song...folk-rock

    Dégage Delà

    You are american???

  90. Calen Jack

    Total Legend.
    Looks like nothing ever improved, he never put on the white suit.


  91. The People UK JFK 2.0

    Me 😅 CREDERE

    Dégage Delà

    You are american???

  92. sanju lukose

    Until things are brighter, I'm the man in black.

    Very good line.
    There shouldn't be a dislike button for this song.
    Johnny Cash. . . Because he was genuine and not made up by Hollywood or Nashville. Just a man.

  93. harvir mangat

    As a fan of hip hop and rap I can say that I love any Cash song

    Dégage Delà

    You are american???

    harvir mangat

    Dégage Delà yea

    Dégage Delà

    @harvir mangat
    He is known Johnny Cash in the United States ???

  94. Dmitri Krosikio

    If someone ever asks me why i wear black so much i'll just show them this song

  95. Godefroy de Bouillon

    RIP Johnny.....

  96. aokspage

    ...up front there ought to be a man in black...🔥

  97. Mario Adamo

    Strong words from a man full of wisdom. If people are still listening to this kind of music and hear every word Johnny Cash convey in this song it will be less suffering in this world. God bless you, man in Black !

    Dégage Delà

    You are american???

  98. Annie the Queer

    Anyone else reminded of the dark tower with this "the man in black" "the prisoner" etc
    I reckon King found some inspiration here...

  99. The Color Red

    Why the hell did 1k people dislike