Published Mar 12, 2014This month, Johnny Cash is being honoured with the posthumous album Out Among the Stars, and now the newly discovered cut "She Used to Love Me a Lot" has received a music video.
The clip is just as dark and restrained as the song itself. It's mostly black and white, and we see footage from a road trip, scenes from small town and big cities, moody head shots, and some projections of Cash himself.
The clip was directed by filmmaker John Hillcoat, who said in a statement:
"She Used to Love Me a Lot" contains all the hallmark brilliance of Cash. The honest simplicity and deep conviction of his delivery shines through. The lyrics seemed to speak to America as it is now, to the nation that loved him and to the great divide he fought so hard against. This divide has only grown exponentially since he died, so we wanted to show America under this stark light and as a homage to the very reason Cash always wore black: to the shameful increase of the disenfranchised and outsiders. At the same time, we wanted to reference the great man's own struggle and journey from the love of his life to the burnt out ruins of his infamous lake house home, personal photographs, the cave where he tried to take his life but then turned it all around, the place he last recorded in and his last photo before his passing.
Out Among the Stars consists of 13 newly found recordings that Cash made in the early '80s. It's due out on March 25 through Columbia/Legacy.