If you were hit by a truck and you were lying out in that gutter dying, and you had time to sing one song, one song people would remember before you’re dirt, one song that would let God know what you felt about your time here on earth, one song that would sum you up, you telling me that’s the song you’d sing? That same Jimmie Davis tune we hear on the radio all day? About your peace within and how it’s real and how you’re gonna shout it? Or would you sing something different? Something real, something you felt? Because I’m telling you right now: that’s the kind of song people want to hear. That’s the kind of song that truly saves people. It ain’t got nothing to do within believing in God, Mr Cash. It has to do with believing in yourself.
From the excellent Walk The Line, remembered via the also excellent Reality Hunger by David Shields.