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Man In Black
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Man In Black lyrics and chords are intended for your personal use, it was written and recorded by Johnny Cash. You can easily learn to play and sing this classic, the chords are simple to make.


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Written and recorded by Johnny Cash
Well you wonder why I always dress in black
Why you never see bright colors on my back
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And why does my appearance
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Seem to have a somber tone
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Well there's a reason for the things that I have on
I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down
Living in the hopeless hungry side of town
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I wear it for the prisoner
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Who has long paid for his crime
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But is there because he's a victim of the times
I wear the black for those who've never read
Or listened to the words that Jesus said
About the road to happiness through love and charity
Why you'd think He's talking straight to you and me
Well we're doing mighty fine I do suppose
In our streak of lightning cars and fancy clothes
But just so we're reminded of the ones who are held back
Up front there ought-a be a man in black
I wear it for the sick and lonely old
For the reckless ones whose bad trip left them cold
I wear the black in mourning for the lives that could have been
Each week we lose a hundred fine young men
And I wear it for the thousands who have died
Believing that the Lord was on their side
I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died
Believing that we all were on their side
Well there's things that never will be right I know
And things need changing everywhere you go
But till we start to make a move to make a few things right
You'll never see me wear a suit of white
Aw I'd love to wear a rainbow every day
And tell the world that every thing's OK
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But I'll try to carry off a little darkness on my back
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Till things are brighter I'm the man in black


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When Johnny Cash wrote this song, it was almost like an auto-biography, the title pretty much describes the story. It has a nice melody with simple chords, you can learn this one quickly. Print Man In Black lyrics and chords, it's a good one to add to your play book.