Music

Country Rewind: Matthew McConaughey Sang a Johnny Cash Hit at a 2012 Tribute Concert

Screengrab via YouTube

On April 20, 2012, country stars and celebrities paid tribute to Johnny Cash at the special concert event We Walk the Line: a Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash.

The mix of rock, roots and country music artists on hand that night at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas included Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Shooter Jennings, Ronnie Dunn, Andy Grammer, Shelby Lynne, Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams, Rhett Miller, Pat Monahan, Iron & Wine, Brandi Carlile, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Don Was and Amy Lee from Evanescence.

Actor Matthew McConaughey got caught up in the spirit of a night which featured Johnson and Jennings performing as honorary Highwaymen alongside Nelson and Kristofferson.

When it came time for McConaughey to pick out a classic from The Man in Black, he decided to sing "The Man Comes Around."

Read More: June Carter Cash + Other Legends We'd Love to See Inducted Into the Country Music Hall of Fame

Although the incredible talents on the bill that night were probably not clamoring for a McConaughey duet opportunity, the Hollywood star and proud Texas native didn't do half bad. At the very least, women near the front row wouldn't have minded an encore of "Folsom Prison Blues," "Ring of Fire" or a duet version of "Jackson" with I Walk the Line star Reese Witherspoon.

"The Man Comes Around" Lyrics

And I heard, as it were, the noise of thunder: one of the four beasts saying: "Come and see." And I saw. And behold, a white horse.

There's a man goin' 'round takin' names.
And he decides who to free and who to blame.
Everybody won't be treated all the same.
There'll be a golden ladder reaching down.
When the man comes around.

The hairs on your arm will stand up
At the terror in each sip and in each sup.
Will you partake of that last offered cup
Or disappear into the potter's ground
When the man comes around?

Hear the trumpets, hear the pipers.
One hundred million angels singin'.
Multitudes are marching to the big kettle drum.
Voices callin', voices cryin'.
Some are born and some are dyin'.
It's Alpha and Omega's Kingdom come.

And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree.
The virgins are all trimming their wicks.
The whirlwind is in the thorn tree.
It's hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

'Til Armageddon, no Shalam, no Shalom.
Then the father hen will call his chickens home.
The wise men will bow down before the throne.
And at his feet they'll cast their golden crowns
When the man comes around.

Whoever is unjust, let him be unjust still.
Whoever is righteous, let him be righteous still.
Whoever is filthy, let him be filthy still.
Listen to the words long-written down,
When the man comes around.

Hear the trumpets, hear the pipers.
One hundred million angels singin'.
Multitudes are marchin' to the big kettle drum.
Voices callin', voices cryin'.
Some are born and some are dyin'.
It's Alpha and Omega's Kingdom come.

And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree.
The virgins are all trimming their wicks.
The whirlwind is in the thorn tree.
It's hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

In measured hundredweight and penny pound
When the man comes around.

And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts, and I looked and behold: a pale horse. And his name, that sat on him, was Death. And Hell followed with him.

Now Watch: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Johnny Cash

recommended for you

Country Rewind: Matthew McConaughey Sang a Johnny Cash Hit at a 2012 Tribute Concert