Legacy Recordings has released the first official music video from Johnny Cash: Forever Words (out April 6). “The Walking Wounded” finds Rosanne Cash turning a recently published poem written by her father into a moving new song. The video for “The Walking Wounded” was filmed by David McClister at Johnny Cash’s childhood home in Dyess, Arkansas (part of the Dyess Colony Heritage Site and Museum).
Watch “The Walking Wounded” here: https://JohnnyCash.lnk.to/WWVidma
Johnny wrote the poem at a time when he was suffering extreme physical pain. According to his son and album co-producer John Carter Cash, during that time Johnny was immersing himself in books about the Vietnam War and the PTSD that afflicted its veterans. Through his empathy with their pain, Johnny gained new perspective on his own suffering, and drew the connection from his scars to theirs.
“There’s so much pain in these lyrics, and they’re unrelentingly dark,” says Rosanne. “I really tried to feel what [my father] would have thought about it, and it felt like a collaboration. I think he’d be proud of it. I am.”
Johnny Cash: Forever Words is out April 6 on Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. Along with Rosanne Cash, the album features new songs by Chris Cornell, Ruston Kelly & Kacey Musgraves, Elvis Costello, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, John Mellencamp, Carlene Carter, The Jayhawks and more.
Last week, Legacy Recordings released Elvis Costello’s “I’ll Still Love You,” also from Johnny Cash: Forever Words. “You Never Knew My Mind,” one of Chris Cornell’s final recordings, has also previously been unveiled. To listen to those songs, “The Walking Wounded,” and other Johnny Cash music, follow the Johnny Cash: Forever Words playlist: https://JohnnyCash.lnk.to/FWPlaylistPR
When Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash passed, they left behind what John Carter Cash describes as a “monstrous amassment” of things, including a treasure trove of undiscovered material that includes Johnny Cash’s handwritten letters, poems and documents, penned across the entirety of his life.
Recorded primarily at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, Johnny Cash: Forever Words is also the musical companion to the best-selling “Forever Words: The Unknown Poems,” a volume of Cash’s unpublished writing edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon and curated by John Carter Cash and Steve Berkowitz. Muldoon also contributes liner notes on the album. Many of the songs on Johnny Cash: Forever Words were directly inspired by material in the book while others are drawn from different sources of Cash’s unpublished writings.
Johnny Cash: Forever Words
1. Forever/I Still Miss Someone – Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson
2. To June This Morning – Ruston Kelly and Kacey Musgraves
3. Gold All Over the Ground – Brad Paisley
4. You Never Knew My Mind – Chris Cornell
5. The Captain’s Daughter – Alison Krauss and Union Station
6. Jellico Coal Man – T. Bone Burnett
7. The Walking Wounded – Rosanne Cash
8. Them Double Blues – John Mellencamp
9. Body on Body – Jewel
10. I’ll Still Love You – Elvis Costello
11. June’s Sundown – Carlene Carter
12. He Bore It All – Dailey & Vincent
13. Chinky Pin Hill – I’m With Her
14. Goin’, Goin’, Gone – Robert Glasper featuring Ro James, and Anu Sun
15. What Would I Dreamer Do? – The Jayhawks
16. Spirit Rider – Jamey Johnson
Johnny Cash: Forever Words is available to pre-order now.
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