Dark love poem to America
Director John Hillcoat created a dark love poem to America for Johnny Cash’s posthumous music video, “She Used to Love Me a Lot.”
“In 1968, legendary badass Johnny Cash reportedly visited Nickajack Cave in his native Tennessee, with the intention of killing himself. Instead, he had something of a spiritual experience in that cave, and emerged ready to quit using drugs (which he did, temporarily). This macabre personal narrative is visually represented in a new music video for the once and always Man In Black, one which begins by taking viewers right into the maw of that cave, and ends with our exit.”
This video is filled with hauntingly beautiful and brooding imagery – staged as that classic roadtrip right through the dark American underbelly. There are no shortages of images of prisons, tatoo’s and black crows flying about all seen from the perspective of an anonymous driver in a very big Cadillac.
There is a very strong sense of a biblical narrative here – as always with Johnny Cash – stemming from his White Trash -Tennessee background.