Ramblin’ Jack Elliott :: If I Were A Carpenter (Johnny Cash Show)

They don’t make ‘em like The Johnny Cash Show anymore. In September 1969, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott appeared on the program and performed this spellbindingly cosmic rendition of Tim Hardin’s “If I Were a Carpenter.” Perhaps it’s the aging of the footage; the sepia-toned wear and the forested set, but there is something completely enigmatic about this performance. Jack’s posture is mysterious, his voice alien — high and reedy one moment, then deep and gravelly the next, nailing the poignancy of a line like . . .

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