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The two videos linked below present Johnny Cash’s haunting and soul-searching rendition of the folk song, God’s Gonna Cut You Down. Cash presents the song as more of a sermon warning sinners that there’s a limit to their evil and that their Day of Reckoning is coming.

You can run on for a long time

Run on for a long time

Run on for a long time

Sooner or later God’ll cut you down

Sooner or later God’ll cut you down

The first video features a montage of some of American’s most notorious murderers and gangsters along with some Dust Bowl Era images. The compiler of this video did a great job with images of people fleeing the Midwest during the Great Depression.

The second video features clips of several celebrities (see list), with some of them lip-syncing the lyrics that Cash is singing. Featuring celebrities in the music video could suggest that “God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” No evil doer is exempt. No matter how marvelous they look or how important they think they are sooner or later God’ll cut ’em down.

Well, you may throw your rock and hide your hand

Workin’ in the dark against your fellow man

But as sure as God made black and white

What’s down in the dark will be brought to the light


List of Celebrities: time they appear and who the are.

0:00 Rick Rubin 0:11 Iggy Pop 0:17 Kanye West 0:21 Chris Martin 0:26 Kris Kristofferson 0:30 Patti Smith 0:34 Terence Howard 0:41 Flea 0:46 Q-Tip 0:48 Adam Levine 0:53 Chris Rock 0:56 Justin Timberlake 1:01 Kate Moss 1:05 Peter Blake 1:08 Sheryl Crow 1:11 Denis Hopper 1:16 Woody Harrelson 1:19 Amy Lee 1:25 Tommy Lee 1:28 Emily Robison 1:29 Natalie Maines 1:30 Martie Maguire 1:31 Mick Jones 1:33 Sharon Stone 1:37 Bono 1:41 Shelby Lynne 1:48 Anthony Kiedis 1:50 Travis Barker 1:52 Lisa Marie Presley 1:56 Kid Rock 2:00 Jay Z 2:05 Keith Richards 2:11 Billy Gibbons 2:13 Corinne Bailey Rae 2:15 Johnny Depp 2:21 Graham Nash 2:24 Brian Wilson 2:37 Rick Rubin and Owen Wilson

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On 3 October 1992, Sinead O’Connor sang an a cappella version of Bob Marley’s “War”on Saturday Night Live and shocked the world by ripping up a photo of Pope John Paul II and calling him and the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy evil.

Long before the word got out that the Catholic Church had been covering up incidents of child abuse and child rape by its pederast priests, O’Connor blew the whistle on the child-molesting clergy and fingered the Vatican for keeping it under wraps.

Before leaving the stage, O’Connor threw pieces of the pope’s torn photo at the camera and said, “Fight the real enemy!” The studio audience sat in stunned silence; NBC switchboards lit up like Christmas trees, and the network banned O’Connor for life.

Ten years later O’Connor would be asked by Salon if she had the ’92 SNL appearance to do all over again would she do anything differently. O’Connor said, “Hell, no!”

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