God's Gonna Cut You Down
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"God's Gonna Cut You Down", also known as "Run On" and "Run On for a Long Time", is a traditional folk song which has been recorded by numerous artists representing a variety of genres. The lyrics are a warning to sinners that no matter how hard they try, they will not avoid God's judgment; in the chorus, God tells the narrator of the song to
|“||Go tell that long tongue liar,
go and tell that midnight rider,
The song has, over time, been modified to fit the boundaries of diverse genres like country, folk, gospel and techno. As "God's Gonna Cut You Down", it was performed by Odetta on Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues (1956) and Johnny Cash on the posthumously released American V: A Hundred Highways (2006). As "Run On", it was recorded, among others, by Elvis Presley. A version incorporating sampled vocals by Bill Landford & The Landfordairs was included on Moby's album Play. The song has also been covered by many other artists.
|Single by Moby featuring Bill Landford & The Landfordairs|
|from the album Play|
|B-side||"Spirit", "Running", "Sunday", "Down Slow (full length)"|
|Released||April 26, 1999 (United Kingdom)
May 11, 1999 (United States)
|Genre||Electronica, gospel, trip hop, alternative hip hop|
|Length||3:45 (album version)
3:33 (single version)
3:09 (radio edit)
|Moby featuring Bill Landford & The Landfordairs singles chronology|
Electronic musician Moby released "Run On" as the second single from his studio album Play. Two versions of the CD were released. The first with a red cover featuring a vertically-aligned mousetrap, and the second with a yellow cover featuring a horizontally-aligned mousetrap.
The vocal content of the song comes from a 1949 Columbia Records #30203 recording of "Run On For A Long Time" by Bill Landford and the Landfordairs, and features a mix of house music and instrumental music.
- UK CD #1 (Mute Records CDMUTE221)
- "Run On" - 3:33
- "Spirit" - 4:12
- "Running" - 7:04
- UK CD #2 (Mute Records LCDMUTE221)
- "Run On (Extended)" - 4:24
- "Sunday" - 5:00
- "Down Slow (Full Length)" - 5:56
- US CD (V2 Records 63881-27583-2)
- "Honey (Album Mix)" - 3:29
- "Honey (Moby's 118 Mix)" - 4:49
- "Honey (Sharam Jey's Sweet Honey Mix)" - 6:41
- "Honey (Aphrodite & Mickey Finn Mix)" - 6:24
- "Run On (Extended)" - 4:27
- "Run On (Moby's Young And Funky Mix)" - 6:05
- "Run On (Sharam Jey's Always On The Run Remix)" - 6:01
- "Memory Gospel" - 6:42
- UK 12-inch (Mute Records 12MUTE221)
- "Run On (Moby's Young & Funky Mix)"
- "Run On (Dave Clarke Mix)"
- "Run On (Extended)"
Mike Mills' video depicts Moby working at an office where everyone wears white. It then shows an earlier scene involving a workout instructor who faints while teaching a class. Moby then comes in and puts an inhaler in her mouth. It then continues to show an earlier scene, going backwards to tell the entire story: the office Moby works in is heaven, the instructor is self-conscious and unsure of her capabilities, and heaven is a self-help phone line. Eventually, it shows a scene of Moby dead in a parking lot, with another employee checking his pulse. It then concludes with a shot of Moby working in the same office, but it has a green light to it, and everyone is unkind and emotionally distant.[original research?]
Johnny Cash cover
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|"God's Gonna Cut You Down"|
|Single by Johnny Cash|
|from the album American V: A Hundred Highways|
|Released||July 4, 2006|
|Genre||Country, folk, gospel|
Lost Highway Records
|Johnny Cash singles chronology|
Johnny Cash recorded a version of "God's Gonna Cut You Down" on American V: A Hundred Highways in 2003, with an arrangement quite different from most known gospel versions of the song.
A music video, directed by Tony Kaye, was made for this version in late 2006, three years after Cash's death. The video was shot entirely in black and white and features a number of celebrities, including (in order of appearance):
- David Allan Coe (Intro)
- Iggy Pop
- Kanye West
- Chris Martin
- Kris Kristofferson
- Patti Smith
- Terrence Howard
- Adam Levine
- Chris Rock
- Justin Timberlake
- Kate Moss
- Sir Peter Blake
- Sheryl Crow
- Dennis Hopper
- Woody Harrelson
- Amy Lee
- Tommy Lee
- The Dixie Chicks
- Mick Jones
- Sharon Stone
- Patricia Arquette
- Shelby Lynne
- Anthony Kiedis
- Travis Barker
- Lisa Marie Presley
- Kid Rock
- Keith Richards
- Billy Gibbons
- Corinne Bailey Rae
- Johnny Depp
- Graham Nash (holding photos of Johnny Cash)
- Brian Wilson
- Whoopi Goldberg (brief flash)
- Rick Rubin
- Owen Wilson
The video also briefly features archive footage of Cash himself. Since its release, both the song and video have seen moderate airplay. The video won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video.
The Johnny Cash version can also be heard in the following:
- in the closing scene of Wretched with Todd Friel 2008-current
- In the opening of the second single player mission of the video game Battlefield 3
- The Most Hated Family in America.
- As bumper music for the Alex Jones radio show.
- Promotional commercials for the hit CW series Supernatural.
- In the trailer for the 2006 documentary Deliver Us from Evil.
- Entrance music for UFC fighters Spencer Fisher and Jason Lambert; professional wrestlers Tyson Dux and Brodie Lee; relief pitcher Joe Beimel of the Pittsburgh Pirates; Lance Berkman, designated hitter for the Texas Rangers.
- In a promotional video for the 2008 trial of EastEnders character Max Branning.
- During the opening sequence and closing credits of David Ridgen's documentary Mississippi Cold Case.
- Release trailer of the game Splinter Cell: Conviction.
- In the opening title sequence of the 2010 ITV (UK) series Father and Son.
- As background music for a series of television commercials for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, including the 2011 "Manifesto" advertisement.
- Trailers for the Coen brothers's film True Grit and ESPN's 30 for 30 film Pony Excess.
- In the Being Human episode "Though the Heavens Fall," as performed by Detroit Social Club.
- The dramatic scene of Republic of Doyle (season 2, episode 9).
- The closing scenes and credits of "Revelations," the first season finale of the television show Dallas.
- Channel 4's trailer for season 2 of the television series Homeland.
- Promotional commercials for the April 2013 debut of the television series Rectify.
- In the FOX TV series Gotham, the song can be heard at the beginning of the episode What the Little Birdie Told Him, while Jack Gruber is walking to Irwin's Electronics.
|UK Singles Chart||33|
Johnny Cash cover
|UK Singles Chart||77|
- Cinematical - Tony Kaye No Longer Just History
- "Splinter Cell: Conviction - Launch Trailer". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
- "2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Manifesto Commercial". YouTube. 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
- Abrams, Simon (19 January 2015). "Gotham Recap: Finally, a Decent Episode!". Vulture. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
- "Review". Liguorian (The Redemptorist Fathers) 63: 68. 1975.
In a marvelous new album of recorded folk songs (Vanguard Recording Co.), a gifted folk singer, Odetta, sings, 'God's A-gonna Cut You Down!' It is a powerful warning, in the style of the 'preaching hymn' of the old-time revivals and camp meetings which were such an important feature of frontier life during the entire 19th century.