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In the pre­views for Hugh Jack­man’s new movie, a song was played which sounded like it was per­formed by Johnny Cash. Can you tell me more? – A. R. (Forestville)

The song is called Hurt. It was com­posed and orig­i­nally per­formed by US in­dus­trial rock band Nine Inch Nails, fea­tur­ing on the al­bum The Down­ward Spi­ral, re­leased in March 1994. The song it­self was re­leased as a pro­mo­tional sin­gle in April 1995.

Sev­eral years later, Hurt was re­worked by Amer­i­can coun­try and gospel singer Johnny Cash into an acous­tic rock song. It was fea­tured on his al­bum Amer­i­can IV: The Man Comes Around, which was re­leased in Novem­ber 2002.

The song was re­leased as a sin­gle in March 2003.

They proved to be Cash’s fi­nal al­bum and sin­gle be­fore his death in Septem­ber 2003. The lyrics are as fol­lows: I hurt my­self to­day/ To see if I still feel./ I fo­cus on the pain,/ The only thing that’s real./ The nee­dle tears a hole,/ The old fa­mil­iar sting./ Try to kill it all away,/ But I re­mem­ber every­thing.//

What have I be­come,/ My sweet­est friend?/ Ev­ery­one I know goes away/ In the end./ And you could have it all./ My em­pire of dirt./ I will let you down./ I will make you hurt.//

I wear this crown of thorns/ Upon my liar’s chair./ Full of bro­ken thoughts/ I can­not re- pair./ Be­neath the stains of time,/ The feel­ings dis­ap­pear./ You are some­one else./ I am still right here.//

What have I be­come,/ My sweet­est friend?/ Ev­ery­one I know goes away/ In the end./ And you could have it all./ My em­pire of dirt./ I will let you down./ I will make you hurt.//

If I could start again,/ A mil­lion miles away,/ I would keep my­self./ I would find a way.// Where to write

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Need more in­for­ma­tion? Con­tact the State Li­brary of SA in­quiry ser­vice on 82077250/7252 or coun­try (freecall) 1800182013.WWW home page: http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/goto/askus Please note that an­swers pub­lished are not nec­es­sar­ily sup­plied by the State Li­brary.

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