It’s rare that an artist plays with his own myth as Johnny Cash. The fact that he recognises his own legend in an autobiographical song such as “Man In Black” sets him apart from many performers, although the technique is somewhat more common in country music. “Man In Black” is a terrific song with Cash attempting to explain why he dresses in black. The singer claims he wears the colour “for the thousands who have died”, for the “sick and lonely old” and for “the lives that could have been”. The lyric is magnificent, full of poetic touches worthy of a writer of the stature of Cash and, although the subject matter could have turned the song into a novelty, it is one of Cash’s most heartfelt songs, a song that doesn’t just explain his dress-sense, but his whole creed and outlook on life.