Reverend Mr. Black
 
He rode easy in the saddle, he was tall and lean
And at first you thought nothiní but a streak of mean
Could make a man look so downright strong
But one look in his eyes and you knowed you was wrong

He was a mountain of a man and I want you to know
He could preach hot hell in the freeziní snow
He carried a bible in a canvas sack
The folks just called him the Reverend Mr. Black
He was poor as a beggar but he rode like a king
And sometimes in the eveniní I could hear him sing

I got to walk that lonesome valley
I got to walk it by myself
for nobody else can walk it for me
I got to walk it by myself.

If ever I could have thought this man in black
Was soft , had any yellow up his back
I gave that notion up the day
A lumberjack came in and a-wasnít a-prayiní

Yeah, he kicked open the meetiníhouse door
And he cussed everybody up and down the floor
And then when things got quiet in the place
He walked up and cussed in the preacherís face.

He hit that reverend like the kick of a mule
And to my way of thinkiní it took a pure fool
To turn the other cheek to that lumberjack
But thatís what he did, the Reverend Mr. Black.

He stood like a rock, a man among men
Then he let that lumberjack hit him again
And then with a voice as kind as could be
He cut him down like a big oak tree when he said

You got to walk that lonesome valley
You got to walk it by yourself
For nobody else can walk it for you
You got to walk it by yourself.

Itís been many years since we had to part
And I guess I learned his ways by heart
I can still hear his sermons ring
Down In the valley where he used to sing

You got to walk that lonesome valley
You got to walk it by yourself
for nobody else can walk it for you
You got to walk it by yourself.

You got to walk that lonesome valley
You got to walk it by yourself
for nobody else can walk it for you
You got to walk it by yourself.



Words by Billy Edd Wheeler, Jed Peters, Jerry Lieber, and Mike Stoller
Performed by Johnny Cash
 

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