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Hurt – 3 songs – 3 meanings

One of my favorite songs of all time is Hurt by Nine Inch Nails. I fell in love with the song when I was in high school and was in my teenage angst. It still speaks to me — just not in the same way. What amazing me about this song is that it has been covered. When you watch these videos, you can see the different takes people took on what is the same song and how each shows a different meaning.

The first is the original. This makes me think of depression and angst. It definitely works with the “emo” thing that the kids have going on now. I can't find the original video. However, this is live from one the dvds that have been released. It still amazing me that even now he sings this with such angst.

Next is Johnny Cash's version. There have been several covers of Hurt. Johnny's is the only one that gives the songs a whole new meaning. Even though it is the same words, they take on such a different meaning when he sings them. This version is about an old man reaching the end of his life and having regrets.

The last version is by Kermit the Frog. This one I have to warn you not to watch when children are around. I have to admit that I laugh every time I see it, but man, it is a completely different take on the song. Umm, I'll you see what this about for yourself.

Three versions. Three meanings. Thoughts, anyone?

11 thoughts on “Hurt – 3 songs – 3 meanings

  1. I like the frog version the best, though it breaks my heart seeing hermit the frog like that. Ooo I'm getting quite attached to this song, thanks for posting it!

  2. lol :)) I love this post you have here. very funny and interesting. Johnny Cash version is the one i like

  3. Okay first of all, Johnny Cash's version has some of the words changed.

    For example, he refuses to use curse words, so he changed s*** to dirt, and other changes.

    Second, yes maybe he is feeling some regret, but I'm sure there is more to it than that.

    His video has so many unexplained symbols.

    It is okay if you feel you have to answer something and not just leave it blank because you don't know the answer to it, but get your facts straight before you do so.

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