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"God's Gonna Cut You Down", also known as "Run On" and "Run On for a Long Time", is a traditional folk song which has been recorded by numerous artists representing a variety of genres. The lyrics are a warning to sinners that no matter how hard they try, they will not avoid God's judgment; in the chorus, God tells the narrator of the song to
“ Go tell that long tongue liar,
go and tell that midnight rider,
tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter,
tell 'em that God's gonna cut 'em down.
The song has, in the past, been modified to fit the boundaries of genres like country, folk, gospel and techno. As "God's Gonna Cut You Down", it was performed by Odetta on Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues (1956) and Johnny Cash on the posthumously released American V: A Hundred Highways (2006). As "Run On", it was recorded, among others, by Elvis Presley. A version incorporating sampled vocals by Bill Landford & The Landfordaires was included on Moby's album Play. The Blind Boys of Alabama also included the song on their Grammy-winning album Spirit of the Century in 2001. In 2007, Kevin Max of dc Talk covered the song as "Run on for a Long Time" with Chris Sligh.
1 Moby version
1.1 Track listing
1.2 Music video
2 Johnny Cash version
3 Other artists
4 Chart positions
4.1 Moby version: "Run On"
4.2 Johnny Cash version
6 External links
Single by Moby featuring Bill Landford & The Landfordaires
from the album Play
B-side "Spirit", "Running", "Sunday", "Down Slow (full length)"
Released April 26, 1999 (United Kingdom)
May 11, 1999 (United States)
Genre Electronic, Gospel
3:45 (album version)
3:33 (single version)
3:09 (radio edit)
Moby featuring Bill Landford & The Landfordaires singles chronology
(1998) "Run On"
Electronic musician Moby released "Run On" as the second single from his studio album Play. Two versions of the CD were released. The first with a red cover featuring a vertically-aligned mousetrap, and the second with a yellow cover featuring a horizontally-aligned mousetrap.
In the US, "Run On" was released as a double A-side with "Honey".
The vocal content of the song comes from a 1943 recording of "Run On" by Bill Landford and the Landfordaires, and features a mix of house music and instrumental music.
UK CD #1 (Mute Records CDMUTE221)
"Run On" - 3:33
"Spirit" - 4:12
"Running" - 7:04
UK CD #2 (Mute Records LCDMUTE221)
"Run On (Extended)" - 4:24
"Sunday" - 5:00
"Down Slow (Full Length)" - 5:56
US CD (V2 Records 63881-27583-2)
"Honey (Album Mix)" - 3:29
"Honey (Moby's 118 Mix)" - 4:49
"Honey (Sharam Jey's Sweet Honey Mix)" - 6:41
"Honey (Aphrodite & Mickey Finn Mix)" - 6:24
"Run On (Extended)" - 4:27
"Run On (Moby's Young And Funky Mix)" - 6:05
"Run On (Sharam Jey's Always On The Run Remix)" - 6:01
"Memory Gospel" - 6:42
Mike Mills' video involves Moby working at an office where everyone wears white. It then shows an earlier scene involving a workout instructor teaching a class when she passes out. Moby then comes in and puts an inhaler in her mouth. It then continues to show an earlier scene, going backwards to tell the entire story: the office Moby works in is heaven, the instructor is self-conscious and not sure of her capabilities, and heaven is a self-help phone line. Eventually, it shows a scene of Moby dead in a parking lot, with another employee checking his pulse. It then concludes with a shot of Moby working in the same office, but it has a green light to it, and everyone is unkind and emotionally distant.
Johnny Cash version
"God's Gonna Cut You Down"
Single by Johnny Cash
from the album American V: A Hundred Highways
Released July 4, 2006
Genre Country, Folk, Gospel
Label American Recordings
Lost Highway Records
Producer Rick Rubin
Johnny Cash singles chronology
(2006) "God's Gonna Cut You Down"
(2006) "Help Me"
Johnny Cash recorded a version of "God's Gonna Cut You Down" on American V: A Hundred Highways in 2003, with an arrangement quite different from most known gospel versions of the song.
A music video, directed by Tony Kaye, was made for this version in late 2006. It featured a number of celebrities, including:
David Allan Coe (Intro)
Sir Peter Blake
The Dixie Chicks
Whoopi Goldberg (brief flash)
Graham Nash (holding photos of Johnny Cash)
Lisa Marie Presley
Corinne Bailey Rae
In order of appearance; Iggy Pop, Kanye West, Chris Martin, Kris Kristofferson, Patti Smith, Terrence Howard, Flea, Q-Tip, Adam Levine, Chris Rock, Justin Timberlake, Kate Moss, Sir Peter Blake, Sheryl Crow, Dennis Hopper, Woody Harrelson, Amy Lee, Tommy Lee, the Dixie Chicks, Mick Jones, Sharon Stone, Bono, Shelby Lynne, Anthony Kiedis, Travis Barker, Lisa Marie Presley, Kid Rock, Jay-Z, Keith Richards, Billy Gibbons, Corinne Bailey Rae, Johnny Depp, Graham Nash (holding photos of Johnny Cash), Brian Wilson, Rick Rubin, Owen Wilson.
It also briefly features archive footage of Cash himself. The video was shot entirely in black and white. Since its release, both the song and video have seen moderate airplay.
The video won the 2008 Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video.
The video was also covered by Rebel Son, Adding a little bit more upbeat sound to the song, Released on the "All my Demons" album.
The Johnny Cash version can also be heard in the following:
In the opening of the second mission of the video game Battlefield 3
In a 2011 commercial for Jeep Grand Cherokee
In the 2007 documentary:The Most Hated Family in America.
As bumper music for the Alex Jones radio show.
In promotional commercials for the hit CW series Supernatural.
In the trailer for the 2006 documentary Deliver Us from Evil.
As entrance music for UFC Fighters Spencer Fisher and Jason Lambert, as well as professional wrestlers Tyson Dux, Brodie Lee, and "The Southern States Outlaw" Michael Cross.
As the entrance song for left handed relief pitcher Joe Beimel of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
As the entrance song for Lance Berkman, designated hitter for the Texas Rangers.
As the entrance song for Arizona State pitcher Josh McAlister.
EastEnders used the recording in a 2008 promotional video for Max Branning's Judgement Day.
During the opening sequence and closing credits of David Ridgen's documentary Mississippi Cold Case made for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
In the release trailer of the game Splinter Cell: Conviction.
In 2010, the recording was used in the opening titles sequence of the ITV (UK) series Father and Son.
As of June 16, 2010, a sample of the rhythm from this version is used as background music for a series of television commercials for the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee; most notably the "Manifesto" advertisement.
In a video entitled "The Death of Liverpool FC" intended to highlight the protest against the owners of the club at the time.
Rapper RL sampled this version in his track, entitled "God's Gonna Cut Us Down", on his album "T.H.R.E.E."
In a trailer for the Coen brothers's film True Grit.
In December 2010 in a trailer for ESPN's 30 for 30 film Pony Excess.
In March 2011 in the Being Human episode "Though the Heavens Fall," as performed by Detroit Social Club.
Sampled by J-Clash on the track "Cut You Down" 
In a dramatic scene of Republic of Doyle, season 2, episode 9.
In the closing scenes and credits of "Revelations," the season finale of the television show Dallas in its 2012 season.
In Channel 4's (UK) trailer for season 2 of the television series Homeland.
In January 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee newest ads have brought back this sample of the rhythm again used as part of the latest TV ad campaigns.
In promotional commercials for the April 2013 debut of the new series Rectify.
American singer and human rights activist, often referred to as "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement," Odetta recorded a traditional version of the song. Musician Sean Michel covered the song during his audition on Season 6 of American Idol. Matchbox Twenty also used the song before playing "How Far We've Come" on their "Exile in America" tour. The New Jersey rock band The Gaslight Anthem have done a cover of this song as well. Recently, the Canadian rock band Three Days Grace has used the song in the opening of their live shows. Bobbie Gentry recorded a version as "Sermon" on her album The Delta Sweete. FireHouse guitarist Bill Leverty recorded a version for his third solo project Deep South a tribute album of traditional songs that have been around for well over the last century. Tom Jones recorded an uptempo version which appears on his 2010 album Praise & Blame. Rebel Son recorded a version for their 2008 album "All My Demons". Pow woW also recorded a version for the first song of their album Regagner les plaines (1992) with the Golden Gate Quartet. They performed a live version with the quartet in 2008. Pedro Costa (musician) recorded a Neo-Blues version for the Discovery channel TV show Weed Country (2013).
Moby version: "Run On"
Chart (1999) Peak
UK Singles Chart 33
Johnny Cash version
Chart (2006) Peak
UK Singles Chart 77
^ Cinematical - Tony Kaye No Longer Just History
^ 1:43. "Splinter Cell: Conviction - Launch Trailer". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
^ "2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Manifesto Commercial". YouTube. 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
^ "The Death Of Liverpool FC? Part III". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
^ "J-Clash feat. Johnny Cash - Cut You Down - Official Video". YouTube. 2011-08-15. Retrieved 2012-08-21.
Video for Johnny Cash's version of "God's Gonna Cut You Down" on Yahoo! Music
"God's Gonna Cut You Down" lyrics
Johnny Cash songs
Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video
Mute Records singles
Year of song unknown