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Lyrics by: Johnny Cash
# Debut Chart
58 Mar '71 Hot 100
3 Mar '71 Country


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 Living in the hopeless Hungry side of town I wear it for the prisoner Who has long paid for his crime But is there because He's a victim of the time 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 doing mighty fine I do suppose In our streak of lightning 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 mourning 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 Believing that the Lord Was on their side

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I wear it for another Hundred thousand who have died Believing that we all Were on their side Well, there's things that Never will be right, I know And things need changing Everywhere you go But until we start to make a move To make a few things right You'll never see me wear A suit of white Oh, 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 Til things are brighter I'm the man in black


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