What a tale my thoughts could tell
Just like an old time movie
'bout a ghost from a wishing well
In a castle dark, or a fortress strong
With chains upon my feet
You know that ghost is me
And I will never be set free
As long as I'm a ghost you can't see
When I first listened to the latest Johnny Cash collection I was immediately floored by his tender and vulnerable rendition of Gordon Lightfoot's If You Could Read My Mind (excerpted above). I listened to it four or five times straight in a row, marveling at not only Cash's performance but at the song itself. I'd heard it a hundred times before, but until it was recast I never had any reason to actually listen. It's a shame, too, because I'd been missing out. Lightfoot, it turns out, is a hell of a songwriter. iTunes has a five song collection from Rhino available for just $3.99, and I heartily recommend picking it up. You'll likely recognize the songs, but try to forget that. Give it a good, honest listen and see if it doesn't impress.
Plus, look at him. He's cool.