Hurt vs Hurt (NIN vs Johnny Cash)

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 song 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…

Both versions are incredibly good, genuine, very intense and moving.

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 A LOT in my late teenage years.

1- Nine Inch Nails’ version (please don’t mind the two idiots commenting)

2- Johnny Cash’s version (official music video – truly amazing)

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2 thoughts on “Hurt vs Hurt (NIN vs Johnny Cash)

  1. Thanks for the link! I’ll add a second vote for NIN. No disrespect of course to Mr. Cash, for me that dissonant note in the original at the start of each phrase makes the song. Cringe-worthy at first, but then it’s what I look forward to.

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