"Ain't No Grave" as written by and Claude Ely....
There ain't no grave can hold my body down
There ain't no grave can hold my body down
When I hear that trumpet sound I'm gonna rise right out of the ground
Ain't no grave can hold my body down

Well, look way down the river, what do you think I see?
I see a band of angels and they're coming after me
Ain't no grave can hold my body down
There ain't no grave can hold my body down

Well, look down yonder Gabriel, put your feet on the land and see
But Gabriel don't you blow your trumpet 'til you hear it from me
There ain't no grave can hold my body down
Ain't no grave can hold my body down

Well, meet me Jesus, meet me. Meet me in the middle of the air
And if these wings don't fail me I will meet you anywhere
Ain't no grave can hold my body down
There ain't no grave can hold my body down

Well, meet me mother and father, meet me down the river road
And momma you know that I'll be there when I check in my load
Ain't no grave can hold my body down
There ain't no grave can hold my body down
There ain't no grave can hold my body down


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"Ain't No Grave" as written by Johnny R. Cash

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    General CommentOut of curiosity, you think this song is influenced by Blind Willie Johnson's "Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed"? Both the Sister Tharpe, Cash, and Zeppelin have the lines "Well, meet me Jesus, meet me. Meet me in the middle of the air". The Tharpe and Cash version continue with "And if these wings don't fail me I will meet you anywhere" where the Zeppelin line ends with "And if these wings should fail me, please Lord, meet me with another pair".
    augied0ggieon March 26, 2014   Link
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    General CommentJohnny Cash is amazing. This song just proves it and nothing can hold him down. Im sad this was his last album released after death. I love it nonetheless.

    Also, for all you Johnny Cash die hard fans like me, check out this website to contribute your own drawing to the Ain't No Grave video!

    thejohnnycashproject.com/
    zombiedefenderon April 04, 2010   Link
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    General CommentJohnny Cash is THE American badass! This song is sick, I haven't heard much of the rest of the album but I'm excited to download it once I get home.
    frojabottaon April 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI first heard of this while watching wrestling and it was on a promo for Wrestlemania 26, and it was being played for Shawn Michaels and Undertaker, for their upcoming match, which was very good, I might add.

    I think the singer is saying that he can't die, no matter what. Even if he gets put in the ground or in a coffin, he can't die, because he still has something he has to do in this life. He'll always be remembered by people, and that's why he can never die. It truly speaks to me in some way. I don't know why. It just does.

    R.I.P. Johnny Cash (1932-2003) I thank you for making this song.
    Dragon19on May 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure this is a (very different) reinterpretation of the soul/gospel/rocknroll singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe's 'Ain't No Grave' - but Cash does make it his own, bloomin amaazing. RIP Man In Black, hope you're jammin with the greats wherever you are now.
    PS Sister Rosetta Tharpe can be found on youtube for anyone a fan of esoteric gospel singers :)
    anotherlittlebabynothingon August 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentYou would have to have known Johnny's upbringing and his true beliefs about death. I believe he truely believed in Jesus Christ and with salvation he would be resureceted.
    roneon April 10, 2011   Link
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    General CommentTrue what rone said. If anyone knows Johnny Cash in his later years, they know he was a born again Christian. This song means that death or Satan doesn't have a hold on his soul (immortal body) and he will rise to heaven to be with God. Because of his faith in Jesus, the devil can't hold Johnny down no more.
    sdw1000on April 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about Salvation and the belief that faith in Jesus Christ will raise the believers in the end times with the sound of a trumpet. He's proclaiming that nothing will hold him down because Jesus already has him, ready for resurrection. There are quite a few biblical references here to back it up such as meeting Jesus in the air (Revelations), meet me by the river (Christian Hymn), and talking of rising right out of the ground. Amazing song.
    EMTWB141on August 12, 2011   Link
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    My OpinionI think the song is about unfinished businesses. The man doesn`t want to die yet. He asks those in Heaven who wanna see him to come down and meet him half-way and, even if he were to die, he would rise from the grave because he hasn`t finished with this live yet and has powerful reasons to stay alive. Reasons that make him stronger than death. I also think this is Tarantino`s interpretation of the song and that`s why he chose it for his film Django Unchained. ;-)
    MindfieIdson January 17, 2013   Link
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    Song MeaningYou people must be joking, the song is obviously about Johnny Cash coming back to the land of the living as a zombie so he can do a literal country/folk song revival.
    CorrectMeaningon February 05, 2014   Link

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