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Johnny Cash / Nine Inch Nails - Hurt

I first heard Johnny Cash’s Hurt and just realized today that Johnny Cash (with a nudge from Rick Rubin) was covering Nine Inch Nails. Johnny Cash sounds weary, looking back:

Nine Inch Nails sounds despairing. I like the piano flourishes in the second buildup and how the ends of vocal lines trail off in this unplugged version: