Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow has released a remarkable electronic duet with the late Johnny Cash, 'Redemption Day' is the first single from Crow's forthcoming collaborative album on Big Machine.
Cash heard that recording and went on to record the song himself; that version appeared on the sixth, posthumously-released album in his American Recordings series with producer Rick Rubin, 2010's American VI: Ain't No Grave.
Crow wrote the song, with its powerful anti-war message, after a trip to Bosnia with Hillary Clinton in 1996, and recorded her original version on her self-titled album of that year. The song speaks about the sufferings associated with war and warfare. And it also speaks of our future where God will bring redemption and remove all our sufferings.
I've wept for those who suffer long
But how I weep for those who've gone
Into rooms of grief and questioned wrong
But keep on killingIt's in the soul to feel such things
But weak to watch without speaking
Oh what mercy sadness brings
If God be willing There is a train that's heading straight
To heaven's gate to heaven's gate
And on the way child and man
And woman wait watch and wait
For redemption day
Crow is readying the duets project as what she says will be her final album. Due in the summer, it will also feature Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks and the previously-released 'Wouldn't Want To Be Like You' featuring St. Vincent.