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The Mercy Seat

Features of This Track

folk roots
mild rhythmic syncopation
repetitive melodic phrasing
extensive vamping
acoustic rhythm piano
minor key tonality
a prominent harpsichord part
a dynamic male vocalist
acoustic rhythm guitars
prominent organ
emphasis on instrumental arranging

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Great cover! Haunting lyrics
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I prefer the Nick Cave version. I love Johnny Cash, but he sings this one too fast.
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Love it
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Excellent cover
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WOW! The man IN Black speaks again.
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Damn right!
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Another great song Mr Cash.
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This song.is kinda scary..great song Mr.Cash.
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Great song Mr Cash
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Yes those wikidd wheals!! The man is a relik! And the truth! N a FKN legend!! I love this song. Hell there is no Cash I don't like.
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I'm not afraid!! No s**t!! Great song!
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The Red Paintings do an amazing cover of this song.
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Hmmm....this popped up on my Black Sabbath station....
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josh.johnsto n
Once more if you don't know. ALL the songs on ALL the American Recordings albums are covers, or originally written on the spot for Cash by other artists.

In other news, while a Truly Legendary Performer, Cash wrote very little on his own. I don't think that takes away from him.
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Poignant
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Thought it was Nick Cave for a second. Wow it was amazing!
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Wow! I've never heard this song before. Wow! Johnny was really something!
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I've got to say, Jonny makes that song totally believable. Brilliant fellow, may his bones rest undisturbed.
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sbholl84
Very good cover. It lacks the apocalyptic fire of Nick Cave's original, but adds poignant resignation. Different flavor, still great.
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AWESOME, MOVING VERSION
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Nick Cave, thanks for one amazing song- Johnny Cash, thanks for helping me discover Nick Cave-
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friggin excellent version. RIP Cash - Godbless!
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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds originally did this song, on the album Tender Prey.
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lizlotz
I agree this is a great performance. I'm not sure I'd use the word "nice", though - for me, riveting and chilling are better descriptors. Johnny's version is amazing! Do you know who did this song originally?
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This is a nice cover of this song...

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