As a special Friday afternoon treat, here’s an excellent cover of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song” by — who else? — Johnny Cash and Joe Strummer: Redemption Song (clickety-click!)
Because who better to cover a Rastafarian song about slavery than two old white dudes? And not just any old white dudes, it’s The Man in Black and the lead singer for The Clash! Perfection!
…I keed, I keed. I know the song is about throwing off the shackles that bind you — be they drugs, alcohol, whatever your poison may be — and Johnny and Joe are actually pretty appropriate for the song in that respect.
There’s still something amusing about hearing Johnny Cash grumbling “Old pirates, yes, they rob I /Sold I to the merchant ships / Minutes after they took I /From the bottomless pit.”
For my money, I prefer Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down.