Man in Black (song)

Man in Black (song)
"Man in Black"
Single by Johnny Cash
from the album Man in Black
Released March 1971
Format Vinyl
Recorded 1971
Genre Country
Length 2:52
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Johnny Cash
Producer Johnny Cash

"Man in Black" (or "The Man in Black") is a protest song written and sung by and about Johnny Cash, originally released on his 1971 album of the same name. Cash himself was known as "The Man in Black" for his distinctive style of on-stage costuming. The lyrics are an after-the-fact explanation of this with the entire song as a protest statement with statements such as:

I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down, Livin' in the hopeless, hungry side of town,
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime, But still is there because he's a victim of the times.

Chart performance

Chart (1971) Peak
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2
Canadian RPM Top Singles 38
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 58

Cover versions


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