God's Gonna Cut You Down
"God's Gonna Cut You Down" (also known as "God Almighty's Gonna Cut You Down", "God's Gonna Cut 'Em Down", "Run On" and "Sermon") is a traditional American folk song. It was first recorded by Heavenly Gospel Singers in 1937, then Golden Gate Quartet in 1946 and first issued in 1947 by the Jubalaires. Since then, the track has been recorded in a variety of genres, including country, folk, alternative rock, electronic and black metal. The lyrics warn evildoers that they cannot avoid God's eventual judgment.
As "God's Gonna Cut You Down", it was performed by Odetta on Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues (1956), Johnny Cash on the posthumously released American V: A Hundred Highways (2006). Marilyn Manson also used this title for a non-album single in 2019. As "Run On", it has been recorded by Elvis Presley and Tom Jones, and The Blind Boys Of Alabama. The song has been covered by many other artists. A version by Bill Landford & the Landfordaires from 1949 was later sampled heavily for the 1999 song "Run On" by Moby.
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|
|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. As of January 2016, this version of the song sold 672,000 copies in the United States.
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: David Allan Coe, Patricia Arquette, Travis Barker, Peter Blake, Bono, Sheryl Crow, Johnny Depp, the Dixie Chicks (now known as The Chicks), Flea, Billy Gibbons, Whoopi Goldberg, Woody Harrelson, Dennis Hopper, Terrence Howard, Jay-Z, Mick Jones, Kid Rock, Anthony Kiedis, Kris Kristofferson, Amy Lee, Tommy Lee, Adam Levine, Shelby Lynne, Chris Martin, Kate Moss, Graham Nash, Iggy Pop, Lisa Marie Presley, Q-Tip, Corinne Bailey Rae, Keith Richards, Chris Rock, Rick Rubin, Patti Smith, Sharon Stone, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Brian Wilson and Owen Wilson.
This version has appeared in the Fox series Gotham, during the episode titled "What the Little Bird Told Him". It also featured in the season three episode of NBC series The Blacklist, "The Director: Conclusion", and in the CBC series Republic of Doyle, where it closed episode 10 of season 2, "The Special Detective".
The song is used by St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Andrew Miller, Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Cody Allen, as well as Kansas City Royals closer Brad Boxberger as entrance music. In Independent baseball, Tyler Nordgren of the Ottawa Champions also uses this song as his walk-up song.
The song is featured in the single-player campaign of Battlefield 3, and a version of Cash's performance that was remixed by Ninja Tracks is used in the Gamescom gameplay trailer for Battlefield 1.
The "Mondkopf Plus de Sommeil" remix of Cash's performance appeared in an ad campaign for the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee (WK2).
|UK Singles (OCC)||77|
Marilyn Manson version
|"God's Gonna Cut You Down"|
|Single by Marilyn Manson|
|Released||October 18, 2019|
|Marilyn Manson singles chronology|
Marilyn Manson recorded a cover version of the track during sessions for their tenth studio album, Heaven Upside Down, which was released in 2017. They performed the song live several times during that album's supporting concert tour. Their studio version of the track first appeared on the Ethan Hawk film 24 Hours to Live, the soundtrack of which was issued via Varèse Sarabande on December 8, 2017. The song was then released as a standalone digital download and streaming single on October 18, 2019, in tandem with a tour by the band. A vinyl picture disc was released on December 13, 2019 and limited to 3,000 copies worldwide. The vinyl single features one of Manson's watercolor paintings as its artwork.
A music video directed by Tim Mattia, who previously directed the video for the Born Villain track "Hey, Cruel World...", was filmed in Joshua Tree, California and was also released on October 18. The track peaked at number eight on Hot Rock Songs and at number one on Rock Digital Songs—the band's highest peak on either chart.
|Canada Hot Digital Songs (Billboard)||44|
|Hungary (Single Top 40)||26|
|US Hot Rock & Alternative Songs (Billboard)||8|
|US Rock Digital Songs (Billboard)||1|
- The song was first recorded by Golden Gate Quartet on June 5, 1946 under the title "God's Gonna Cut You Down", and first released later that year by The Jubalaires, under the title "God Almighty's Gonna Cut You Down".
- Bill Landford and the Landfordairs recorded the track under the title "Run On for a Long Time" (2:34) on December 15, 1949, in Memphis, Tennessee.
- American singer and civil rights activist Odetta recorded the song as "God's Gonna Cut You Down" in the style of a 19th-century revival meeting preaching hymn, for her 1957 album Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues.
- Bobbie Gentry issued a version of the song, under the title "Sermon", on her 1968 album The Delta Sweete.
- The vocals of the Bill Landford version were sampled by American electronica musician Moby for "Run On", a single from his fifth studio album Play in 1999.
- The Blind Boys Of Alabama recorded a version in 2001 for Spirit Of The Century.
- A version of "Run On" by Elvis Presley appeared on the 2004 BMG compilation So High: Nashville Outtakes 1966–1968.
- Tom Jones recorded "Run On" for his 2010 album Praise & Blame.
- Kevin Lovatt's version of "God's Gonna Cut You Down" was featured during the closing credits of the 2016 film The Hollow Point.
- Mercury Rev re-recorded Gentry's The Delta Sweete album in 2019; their version of "Sermon" featured vocals by Margo Price.
- German singer Nina Hagen recorded "Run On" for her 2010 album Personal Jesus.
- Australian singer David McCormack's version plays during the titles that open the television series Jack Irish, starring Guy Pearce.
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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.
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