God's Gonna Cut You Down
"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 Blind Boys of Alabama also included the song on their Grammy-winning album Spirit of the Century in 2001. In 2007, Kevin Max of dc Talk covered the song as "Run On for a Long Time" with Chris Sligh.
|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
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.
Johnny Cash version
|"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|
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 opening of the second single player misson of the video game Battlefield 3
- In the 2007 documentary:The Most Hated Family in America.
- As bumper music for the Alex Jones radio show.
- In promotional commercials for the hit CW series Supernatural.
- In the trailer for the 2006 documentary Deliver Us from Evil.
- As entrance music for UFC fighters Spencer Fisher and Jason Lambert, as well as professional wrestlers Tyson Dux and Brodie Lee.
- As the entrance song for relief pitcher Joe Beimel of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- As the entrance song for 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.
- In the 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.
- In a trailer for the Coen brothers's film True Grit.
- In a 2010 trailer for ESPN's 30 for 30 film Pony Excess.
- In the Being Human episode "Though the Heavens Fall," as performed by Detroit Social Club.
- In a dramatic scene of Republic of Doyle (season 2, episode 9).
- In the closing scenes and credits of "Revelations," the first season finale of the television show Dallas.
- In Channel 4's (UK) trailer for season 2 of the television series Homeland.
- In promotional commercials for the April 2013 debut of the television series Rectify.
- In promotional video "We were never born" by a bicycle manufacturer Dosnoventa.
American singer and civil rights activist Odetta recorded a traditional version of the song. Musician Sean Michel covered the song during his audition on Season 6 of American Idol. Matchbox Twenty also used the song before playing "How Far We've Come" on their "Exile in America" tour. The New Jersey rock band The Gaslight Anthem have also covered the song. Canadian rock band Three Days Grace has used the song in the opening of their live shows, as well as the rock band Staind . Bobbie Gentry recorded a version as "Sermon" on her album The Delta Sweete. Guitarist Bill Leverty recorded a version for his third solo project Deep South, a tribute album of traditional songs. Tom Jones recorded an up-tempo version which appears on his 2010 album Praise & Blame. Pow woW recorded a version with the Golden Gate Quartet for their 1992 album Regagner les Plaines and performed a live version with the quartet in 2008. A cover of the song by Blues Saraceno was used for the Season 8 trailer of the TV series Dexter. Pedro Costa recorded a neo-blues version for the Discovery channel TV show Weed Country (2013). Virginia based folk rock band Carbon Leaf covered the song many times during their live shows. Rebel Son, a Southern/Rockabilly band from Raleigh, North Carolina, covered this song on their 5th full length CD "All My Demons".
Moby version: "Run On"
|UK Singles Chart||33|
Johnny Cash version
|UK Singles Chart||77|
- Cinematical - Tony Kaye No Longer Just History
- 1:43. "Splinter Cell: Conviction - Launch Trailer". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
- "2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Manifesto Commercial". YouTube. 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2012-02-18.