Hurt

Originally performed by Nine Inch Nails. Covered by Johnny Cash late in his career, one of his best and most moving songs that depicts the idea that it is often the pain in our lives that reminds us of our humanity and the never ending struggle to tame our most challenging and lethal foe: our self.

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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

[Chorus:]
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 repair
Beneath the stains of time, The feelings disappear
You are someone else, I am still right here

[Chorus:]
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