pees: "Hurt" Original song by Nine Inch Nails
The country legend takes on one of the darkest, most depressing songs in a Nine Inch Nails catalog full of doom and gloom, and wouldn't you know it, he turns in an equally harrowing cover. Johnny Cash surprised the music world when he redid 'Hurt' -- a standout track on NIN's double-album magnum opus 'The Downward Spiral' -- as an acoustic ballad for his 'American IV: The Man Comes Around' covers set. As even Reznor admits, the Man In Black made the song his own. "It was this other person inhabiting my most personal song ... It felt invasive," Reznor once said. "Cash brings a certain darkness to the song. It's melancholy and spooky."