Cover vs. Original

I hung my Head


That way you make a song, that gives you the creep, of an average song with good lyrics!

- Rocko, Nürnberg, Deutschland, 13.02.2006


Johnny Cash
2002

vs.

Sting
1996

CD-Cover: Johnny Cash - American IV: The Man comes around 69.8 % 30.2 % CD-Cover: Sting - Mercury Falling
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
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Johnny Cash 3134 Votes Sting

Comments about I hung my Head:

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I had never heard the Sting version until a moment ago. Though Sting wrote a great song, he should stick to singing jazz/pop. Johnny Cash has the sorrow in his voice to sing this song. Maybe if Sting had suffered hard times he could sing with the pain in his voice.
- Steve Bouvier, Grasonville, MD, United States, 31.03.2010
I had never heard the Sting version until a moment ago. Though Sting wrote a great song, he should stick to singing jazz/pop. Johnny Cash has the sorrow in his voice to sing this song. Maybe if Sting had suffered hard times he could sing with the pain in his voice.
- Steve Bouvier, Grasonville, MD, United States, 31.03.2010
Sting loves to write country songs because it is so unexpected from him. I believe her wrote this song with JC in mind and he was thrilled when JC covered it.
- Patti, London, Canada, 02.03.2010
First I have to say that I prefer the Cash version . The man's voice was magic , I can't
actually think of a song of his that I don't like . However , tribute must be paid also to
Sting as he wrote a great song . He is one of the great singers/songwriters of our times .
Having said that , I think that if Johnny was alive today and was sitting in front of a
screen with Sting reading all these comments , they would laugh their heads off . They are both great musicians and deeply involved in social issues - they would have the utmost respect for each other . JC had a very deep understanding of music and if Sting was around when the Johnny Cash show was running , I am sure that he would have invited him to play there .
After all , we shouldn't forget that Dylan and Clapton (among others) appeared in his show
when they were virtually unknown .
I would recommend to all my friends here to watch the Johnny Cash Show if it is ever played
on their telly or get a dvd of it . It is really music history - good as gold !!
- ilias, Dundee, Scotland, 24.12.2009
I'm really shocked. I've always thought, with good arguments and reasons, JC made this. Because when you think about it isn't 'I hung my head' more JC than Sting? Consisting of a country western theme, contributories with cowboy characteristics (judge,ranger,sheriff,and more..) and a plot of a boy ill fate, whose reckless but unintentionally shoots a ranger, while bewailing his crimes still faces terrible consequences and final judgment. Strange. Well, anyone familiar with Johnny's "Man in Black"? There's a certain line in the lyric and it goes like this, "I wear the black the poor and beating down, for the reckless ones whose bad trip left them cold...", which is Cash statement and reason for wearing dark clothes and not until things get brighter, he still be the Man in Black.

I'm not saying Sting is a bad musician. Being a former member of the Police, viable solo artist and while expanding his boundaries in pop music Sting is by many considered pop's biggest superstar, this is my problem. His genre. For lets be honest how you twist and bends it pop never becomes country. So it is little funny to me, this acclaimed artist behind one of the greatest country song is a pop icon. Still I don't care, for me Johnny with his raspy voice sounding as gravel wrapped in silk, thoughtful mind and caring heart will always be my hero. It doesn't matter if this song wasn't made by JC, for to me plots, themes, elements, courage and the other songs represented who he was A ranger for poor and beaten down, a gallant for those unjustified inmates, a caviler for handicapped and badly treated people. Johnny Cash was the Man in Black. R.i.P and Good bless.
- Torbjörn Hallberg, Gothenburg, Sweden, 14.12.2009
While Sting's is not a bad version... it sounds more church like and gospel like. Cash's version sounds real, as if Cash were the one who had done this terrible thing. It's believable. I just can't picture an English professor turned pop rocker with his voice doing the thing that he is singing about.
- Pete, Pittsburgh, United States, 01.11.2009
johnny cash rocks and sting family guy is right u can only understand the last three words of each sentence u sing

- mike, palm bay, United States, 23.10.2009
Of course Johnny Cash was brilliant - but the Sting performance is fascinating - the sound and the time signature with the amazing drumming gets my vote.
- Robert Brown, Canterbury, England, 17.08.2009
The Sting version is good but no match to Cash...
- Marabyte, Porto, Portugal, 06.08.2009
sting all the way! cash is overated
- Hugh Janus, Glasgow, Scotland, 03.08.2009
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