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Johnny Cash - The Man Comes Around
It is partially sung and partially spoken, containing numerous Biblical references, predominantly from the Book of Revelation.
The song is introduced by a spoken portion in which Cash describes the coming of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, sounding of thunder and led by a white horse. The musical portion then begins with Cash reciting that a man (Jesus Christ) has arrived to pass judgment, and the world will be in terror as people await theirs. The chorus indicates that these events are accompanied by trumpets, pipers, and "one hundred million angels singing".
The chorus also repeats the point that "the whirlwind is in the thorn tree", a reference to Job 38:1 in which God appears to Job as a voice in a whirlwind.
Cash then returns to spoken form, ending the song with a quote from Revelation 6:8:
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
The main musical motif is heard as the accented grand piano-like C note following the IV-V chords. It is also played repeatedly in the chorus. This gives the song its distinctive "finality" in terms of mood/style.
It was one of the last songs Cash wrote in his life.
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