08 April 2010

Johnny Cash: The Revelator

Resources for presentation given in Dr. Hays' Revelation Exegesis class.

When The Man Comes Around
J.R. Cash 
(American/Lost Highway/Columbia 2002)

Spoken: And I heard, as it were, the noise of thunder: One of the four beasts saying: "Come and see." And I saw. And behold, a white horse. 

There's a man goin' 'round takin' names.
An' he decides who to free and who to blame.
Everybody won't be treated all the same.
There'll be a golden ladder reaching down.
When the man comes around. 

The hairs on your arm will stand up.
At the terror in each sip and in each sup.
For you partake of that last offered cup,
Or disappear into the potter's ground.
When the man comes around. 

Hear the trumpets,
hear the pipers.
One hundred million angels singin'.
Multitudes are marching to the big kettle drum.
Voices callin', voices cryin'.
Some are born an' some are dyin'.
It's Alpha's and Omega's Kingdom come. 

And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree.
The virgins are all trimming their wicks.
The whirlwind is in the thorn tree.
It's hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 

Till Armageddon, no Shalam, no Shalom.
Then the father hen will call his chickens home.
The wise men will bow down before the throne.
And at his feet they'll cast their golden crown.
When the man comes around. 

Whoever is unjust, let him be unjust still.
Whoever is righteous, let him be righteous still.
Whoever is filthy, let him be filthy still.
Listen to the words long written down,
When the man comes around. 

In measured hundred-weight and penny-pound.
When the man comes around. 

Spoken: And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts, And I looked and behold: a pale horse. And his name, that sat on him, was Death. And Hell followed with him.

Revelation 6:1-2a

“There's a man going 'round taking names (taking names)/He's been taking my fathers name/an' he left my heart in vain/there's a man going 'round taking names” (Leadbelly)

Gen 28:12
Jn 1:51

Mt 27:7
Also: Mt 27:9; Jer 19

Mt 24:31
Also: Rev 1:10; 4:1; 8:13

Rev 1:8, 21:6, 22:13

Job 38-40

Mt 25:1-13

Paul’s conversion in Acts 26

Rev 22:11
Rev 16:16

Lk 13:34

Rev 4:10/Rev 7:15/Mt 2:7-12

Rev 4:10

Rev 6:6

Revelation 6:6a, 8

Further Listening: 
American Recordings (I-VI)
Unearthed (Box Set)
Personal File
My Mother’s Hymn Book
Live from Folsom Prison

Further Reading:
Johnny Cash, Man In White (Thomas Nelson, 2008).
Johnny Cash, Cash: The Autobiography (HarperOne, 2003).
Antonino D’Ambrosio, A Heartbeat & A Guitar: Johnny Cash and the Making of Bitter Tears (Nation Books, 2009).
Leigh H. Edwards, Johnny Cash and the Paradox of American Identity (Indiana University Press, 2009).
Michael Streissguth, Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison: The Making of a Masterpiece (Da Capo Press, 2005).
Steve Turner, The Man Called Cash (Thomas Nelson, 2005).
Dave Urbanski, The Man Comes Around: The Spiritual Journey of Johnny Cash (Relevant Books, 2003).

Further Viewing:
Gospel Road (1973)
Walk the Line (2005)
The Johnny Cash Show: 1969-1971 (2007)

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