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cashpoems.jpg Forever Words: The Unknown Poems

Johnny Cash, Cannongate

“We’re in the church-house kneeling down / We’re in the subways underground / We’re in the bars and on the street / We drive a truck, we walk a beat / We’re in the mills and factories / We make the steel, we cut the trees / A thousand-yard stare, eyes of glass / We will see you when you pass / We are the walking wounded.” The words of Johnny Cash there, burnishing his bard of the blue-collared worker credentials in this volume of poetry and songs that were first discovered in 2016, 13 years after his death. His words – which you can’t help but hearing in that incredible voice – reflect the kind of concerns that anyone familiar his recorded output will recognise, and touch upon love, pain, freedom, fame and mortality. This slimmish volume – which has just been published in paperback – is illustrated with facsimile reproductions of Cash’s own handwritten pages and fans of the man in black are sure to find much to muse on here.