the great Johnny Cash was born 77 years ago today.  i am just beginning to understand more of his life story and am certain it is one worth examining.  there is much to be learned with how he integrated his faith into his work for his country and the world.  

playing for president Richard Nixon in 1972, Johnny decided to play the following song, ‘what is truth’, instead of the requested song ‘welfare cadillac’; a classy move indeed.  it’s lyrics are still ring true today, do they not?

“What is Truth?”  by Johnny Cash

The old man turned off the radio
Said, “Where did all of the old songs go
Kids sure play funny music these days
They play it in the strangest ways”
Said, “it looks to me like they’ve all gone wild
It was peaceful back when I was a child”
Well, man, could it be that the girls and boys
Are trying to be heard above your noise?
And the lonely voice of youth cries “What is truth?”

A little boy of three sittin’ on the floor
Looks up and says, “Daddy, what is war?”
“son, that’s when people fight and die”
The little boy of three says “Daddy, why?”
A young man of seventeen in Sunday school
Being taught the golden rule
And by the time another year has gone around
It may be his turn to lay his life down
Can you blame the voice of youth for asking
“What is truth?”

A young man sittin’ on the witness stand
The man with the book says “Raise your hand”
“Repeat after me, I solemnly swear”
The man looked down at his long hair
And although the young man solemnly swore
Nobody seems to hear anymore
And it didn’t really matter if the truth was there
It was the cut of his clothes and the length of his hair
And the lonely voice of youth cries
“What is truth?”

The young girl dancing to the latest beat
Has found new ways to move her feet
The young man speaking in the city square
Is trying to tell somebody that he cares
Yeah, the ones that you’re calling wild
Are going to be the leaders in a little while
This old world’s wakin’ to a new born day
And I solemnly swear that it’ll be their way
You better help the voice of youth find
“What is truth”

  1. drink before i was of legal age (no excuse.  not worth it in the grand scheme of things.  i appreciate and enjoy beer infinitely more now than then.)
  2. buy crocs (they will never biodegrade, but darn it, you can hose them off!  perfect for yard work.)
  3. buy an ipod (i really thought the iriver was going to catch on.)
  4. become a mac user (i was a finance major and banker in the early 2000s; ESOL: excel was my second language.)
  5. buy an american idol winner’s cd (kelly clarkson.  she’s a patty griffin fan.)
  6. let tillman sleep in the bed with me (it saves on the gas bill, ok?)
  7. blog (here goes nothing.)