Although I consider myself not religious (anymore), I am great admirer of Johnny Cash’ music. Last week I found out that in my whole music library which contained almost 500 Johnny Cash tracks, this song wasn’t there. When I discovered the song I was touched by the lyrics (written by Butch Lester) and the video clip. The song was released on the album ‘The Mystery of Life‘ (1991).

Whether you consider yourself an atheist, religious or ‘none at all’, I think everyone can appreciate this song.

You can see it in the movies and the paper and the TV news
Somebody’s army is always on the move
There’s gonna be a battle the lines have been drawn
They’ve got guns and tanks and planes

The wells are gone dry and the water is bad and the air is acid rain
There’s war after war and rumors of war from the East
There’s a rumblin’ in the ground and they’re talkin’ about the beast

Good mothers cry cause the rivers run high
With the blood of too many sons
Some people say peace is on the way
But the worst is still to come

Cause the prophets wrote about it
And Jesus spoke about it
And John got to take a look
And he told us what he saw when it’s easy to see
It’s goin’ by the book
It’s goin’ by the book

There’s armies in the cities and the missiles stand ready for flight
A pale horse rides like the wind across the night
And that rumblin’ in the desert like thunder gettin’ closer
And the trumpet’s gettin’ ready to blow
There’s gonna be a shout that will wake the dead we better be ready to go

Cause the prophets wrote about it
And Jesus spoke about it
And John got to take a look
And he told us what he saw when it’s easy to see
It’s goin’ by the book
It’s goin’ by the book

It’s goin’ by the book
Goin’ by the book

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