This article was originally published in November 2016.
Without question, this year's Thanksgiving will be difficult for many Americans. There is continued disagreement between both sides of the spectrum. If your family is anything like the average family, this is a recipe for disaster over the dinner table. Doesn't really kick things off in a positive note for Christmas does it?
In times of turmoil and doubt we obviously turn to Johnny Cash. An old trusty favorite in country music who gives us some perspective on being grateful with his Thanksgiving prayer lyrics.
In this obscure video, the man in black (or in this case overalls) offers up a beautiful poem followed by an otherwise unreleased (we think) song. Cash sits down at a dinner table before sharing his Thanksgiving prayer. In it, a farmer gives his thanks for the warm sun and singing birds, despite not having a turkey to put on the table.
Cash offers perhaps the most pertinent line in the whole performance with a Thanksgiving prayer. "And thank you for this country, too," he says. "We've troubles now, and pain. But with your help, Lord, we'll get back to where the road is smooth again." Take a listen.
There's not much information about the source of the video and what tv show it originally aired on. And, aside from this performance, there's no documentation of this medley, or even a title for it.
But the message, just like the Thanksgiving prayer beforehand, rings true. He sings of cursing his aching feet and measly pay. But then corrects his tune when he sees a crippled man smiling, remembering that he's really doing fine despite his troubles. Giving thanks for these simple gifts is such a great example during the busy holiday season.
Before you engage in the inevitable family discussions (or arguments) this week, maybe play this Thanksgiving song by Johnny Cash and keep it all in perspective. Inspire your whole family to be truly grateful for what you have, even if it's just the sun shining. Johnny Cash knows best.