After discussing with stephen1001 about acoustic versions of “harder” songs, I decided to ask the impossible in this post: can you choose between Nine Inch Nails’ Hurt (1994), and the cover sung by Johnny Cash (2002)?
Nine Inch Nails’ version conveys raw feelings of sadness, anger, ansgt… a young man who somehow feels like he’s already screwed up his life…
Johnny Cash’s version… an old man looking back at this life, saying goodbye, with deep sorrow and regret… (BTW, this is one of the most beautiful music videos I have ever seen)
Both versions are incredibly good, genuine, very intense and moving.
So what now? Check out the links below and make you choice! Or not. I don’t blame you for being torn.
Personally, I have to go with NIN, but my choice may be biased, as this is the original song, which I have listened to so often in an emotional period of my life (yes, EMO me…) and after!
1- Nine Inch Nails’ version (please don’t mind the two idiots commenting)
2- Johnny Cash’s version (official music video – truly amazing)