Glory to God

If there's anything better than this / I'd like to know …

"Glory and the Dream," Vigilantes of Love
"Glory Days," Bruce Springsteen
"Gloryhound," da
"Go Away Little Boy," Lone Justice
"Go Down Easy," Over the Rhine
"God Bless the Child," Billie Holiday
"God Give Me Strength," Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach
"God Is Watching You," Leslie Phillips
"God Only Knows," The Beach Boys
"God Only Knows," Claudine Longet
"God Went Bowling," The Swirling Eddies
"God's Gonna Cut You Down," Johnny Cash

"Go Down Easy" is Exhibit A for why nobody does languid and sultry better than Over the Rhine. "Gloryhound" ought to be the Keyboard Kommandos Fight Song ("Strap down, secure the weekend warrior / To his T.V. seat, some kind of gloryhound / A flack jacket yuppie in a camouflage jeep"). The Johnny Cash track is from his final album, "American V: A Hundred Highways." If Cash had lived to record "American VI," I'd love to have heard it include the Leslie Phillips song above. It was the final cut on her final "CCM" record — the last thing she had to say to the Christian ghetto in Nashvegas before changing her name and leaving for Star's Hollow.

In comments below, let me know what I'm missing in this alphabetical range. (Or feel free to suggest other tracks you wish Johnny Cash had recorded for "American VI.")

  • Kevin

    Glory – People You Meet
    God – Grammatrain
    God – John Lennon
    God – Tori Amos
    God Part II – U2
    God Part III – Larry Norman

  • David

    “Go”, Pearl Jam

  • Drew Johnston

    God Moves On The Water – Blind Willie Johnson
    God Don’t Never Change – Blind Willie Johnson
    Glory – Wyckham Porteous

  • mknepher

    Glory – Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
    Gloryhound – da
    Go Away – Mark Eitzel
    Go Down – Sam Philips
    Go Down, Moses – Charlie Haden & Hank Jones
    Go for G! – They Might Be Giants
    God Be Merciful to Me – Jars of Clay
    God Blessed Our Love – Al Green
    God Bless The Children – Bruce Cockburn
    God Don’t Have to Teach You This Way – Peter Himmelman
    God Is Standing By – Al Green
    God Said It – The Five Blind Boys of Alabama
    God Sends Quails – The 77′s
    God Will Lift Up Your Head – Jars of Clay
    God’s Away On Business – Tom Waits
    God’s Golden Eyes – John Hiatt
    God’s Gonna Cut You Down – Johnny Cash
    Glancing through my music, one that Johnny would have done nicely is Daniel Lanois’ “Sleeping in the Devil’s Bed”.

  • Vanya

    Glory – Liz Phair
    Glow Girl – The Who
    Go – Wayne Shorter
    Go Cave! – Scissorfight
    Go, Hippie – Fountains of Wayne
    God Bows to Math – The minutemen
    God Killed the Queen – Louis XIV
    Glow Girl is a nice little 60s song that would probably appeal to people who don’t really like The Who, at least the 1970s AOR Who. But the funny thing is, none of these songs are particularly memorable. And other than the Billie Holiday I’m not very impressed by Fred’s list compared to his usual offerings. This could be an alphabet range with very mediocre music.

  • Simon

    They actually will be releasing an American VI, late in 2006 or early in ’07, featuring songs from the same sessions as A Hundred Highways.

  • Evan

    “God Made An Angel” – Timbuk 3
    “God’s Song (That’s Why I Love Mankind)” – Randy Newman (you gotta get this one, Fred)

  • hilker

    Glory Box – Portishead
    Glósóli – Sigur Rós

  • Silent Sound

    Glow, The – The Microphones
    Go – Moby
    God is a DJ – Faithless
    Honorable mention: The entire discography of “God Lives Underwater”

  • Ray

    I just don’t do Glory to God…
    Glory Days – Pulp
    Glosoli – Sigur Ros
    Go to Sleep – Radiohead
    God (Interlude) – Andre 3000
    if I did it would be Belle and Sebastian style -
    “If you find yourself caught in love
    Say a prayer to the man above
    Thank him for everything you know
    You should thank him for every breath you blow
    If you find yourself caught in love
    Say a prayer to the man above
    You should thank him for every day you pass
    Thank him for saving your sorry ass
    If you’re single, but looking out
    You must raise your prayer to a shout
    Another partner must be found
    Someone to take your life beyond
    Another TV I Love 1999
    Just one more box of cheapo wine…”
    (had to work them in somehow)

  • cminus

    The entire selection this time.
    “Glynis,” Smashing Pumpkins
    “Go Ahead, Make My Day (dialogue),” Clint Eastwood
    “Go Daddy-O,” Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
    “Go Home Paddy,” Black 47
    “Go Let It Out,” Oasis
    “Go Spread Your Wings,” Godflesh
    “Go To The Mirror/Listening To You,” Broadway Cast of The Who’s Tommy
    “Go With The Flow,” Queens Of The Stone Age
    “Go Your Own Way,” Fleetwood Mac
    “Go!,” Tones On Tail
    “God,” Pat McCurdy
    “God Created Woman,” Johnny Dowd
    “God In An Alcove,” Bauhaus
    “God Is In The Radio,” Queens Of The Stone Age
    “God Part II,” U2
    “God’s Lake,” Meg Hentges
    Nothing really unlistenable, but a fairly weak selection for the most part. Meg Hentges and Queens Of The Stone Age’s “God Is In The Radio” do merit recommendation, but the real star in the firmament here is Pat McCurdy’s “God.” A wonderful tongue-in-cheek skewering of Christianist pieties.

  • julia

    Guitar Concerto Vivaldi
    Get Together Youngbloods
    Getting Better Beatles
    Getting Better Beatles
    Great Balls of Fire Buddy Holly
    Gin And Juice The Gourds
    Great Balls of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis
    Guess Things Happen That Way Johnny Cash
    Goodnight Irene Leadbelly/Woodie Guthrie/Pete Seeger
    Good Golly Miss Molly Little Richard
    Great Balls Of Fire (RARE!) Beatles
    Get Ready Temptations
    George Jones is playing in the city Austin Lounge Lizards
    Gin & Juice Phish
    Give Me Back My Job Tom Petty/Bono/Willie Nelson/Johnny Cash
    Ghul Raha Hai Sara Manzar Shankar Mahadevan
    Go All the Way The Raspberries
    Guess I’m Just A Lucky So and So Louis Armstrong/Duke Ellington
    Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl Johnny Lang
    Green, Green Grass Of Home Johnny Cash
    Ghost Johnny Cash
    Gloria Van Morrison
    Guitar (Indian) & Flute Ravi Shankar/David Rampal
    Get Down Gilbert O’Sullivan
    Got My Mind Set on You George Harrison
    Give Me Love George Harrison
    Good Morning Starshine John Denver
    Gnossienne Erik Satie
    Gymnopedie No. 3 – Lent Et Grave Erik Satie
    Groundhog Day Double Trouble
    Guantanamera Celia Cruz
    God Give Me Strength Elvis Costello/Burt Bachrach
    Glory Days Bruce Springsteen
    Gymnopedie #3 Branford Marsalis
    Goodnight Saigon Billy Joel
    Goodnight, My Love Billie Holiday/Ella Fitzgerald/Lena Horne/Sara Vaughan
    Good Vibrations Beach Boys
    Guantanamera Arlo Guthrie/Pete Seeger

  • Tim Lehnerer

    Johnny Cash recording “Have I the Right” by the Honeycombs would have been heartbreaking. The final chorus, as we all know, is:
    Come right back; I just can’t bear it
    I’ve got some love and I long to share it
    Come right back, right back where you belong
    Glory Days / Bruce Springsteen
    Glory of Love / Otis Redding
    Gluck Auf, Der Steiger Kommt / “Schultze Gets the Blues” sdtrk.
    Gluck Das Mir Verblieb / “The Big Lebowski” sdtrk.
    Go Go / Galactic
    Go Go G.T.O. / Carol & Cheryl
    Go Home Girl / Frank Black and Gary U.S. Bonds
    Go Lil Camaro Go / The Ramones
    Go Now / Bessie Banks
    Go On Then / Gunilla Thorn
    Go Speed Racer Go / Sponge
    Go To Rhino Records / Wild Man Fischer
    Go West / The Village People
    Go! Go! Go! / Roy Orbison & the Teen Kings
    Go, Go, Go (live) / The Blasters
    God Knows It’s True / Teenage Fanclub
    God Only Knows / The Portsmouth Sinfonia
    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / Los Straitjackets
    God Save the Queen / The Sex Pistols
    Godzilla / Blue Oyster Cult

  • Todd Larason

    Pretty slim pickings here, too.
    “Glory Be”, Oingo Boingo
    “Glow Worm / It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”, Rockapella
    “Glow Worm”, Johnny Mercer
    “Glow”, Kelis
    “Go Down”, Bloodhound Gang
    “Go Fun Burn Man”, Mission of Burma (x2)
    “Go Home”, Barenaked Ladies
    “Go No More A-Roving”, Leonard Cohen
    “Go Tell Aunt Rhody”, Woody Guthrie
    “Go Tell it on the Mountain”, Simon & Garfunkel
    “Go To Sleep”, KLF
    “Go Wild in the Country”, Bow Wow Wow
    “Go Your Own Way”, Fleetwood Mac (x3)
    “Go ahead dad”, Poe
    “Go to Sleep”, Roxette
    “Go”, Tones on Tail
    “Go, Speed Racer, Go!”, Sponge
    “God Bless the Child”, The Simpsons
    “God Don’t Make Lonely Girls”, The Wallflowers
    “God Flintstone”, Urge Overkill
    “God Gave Noah the Rainbow Sign”, The Carter Family
    “God Knows”, Bob Dylan
    “God Only Knows”, The Beach Boys
    “God Part II”, U2
    “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, Barenaked Ladies
    “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, Mason Williams
    “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, Trans-Siberian Orchestra
    “God Save the Queen”, Sex Pistols
    “God Won’t Get You”, Dolly Parton
    “God in an Alcove”, Bauhaus (x2)
    “God is a Bullet”, Concrete Blonde (x6)
    “Goddess Air Presents Hullo, Don’t Worry”, Firesign Theatre
    “Goddess Air”, Firesign Theatre
    “Godspeed”, Patti Smith Group

  • Rob H.

    “Glory” – KMFDM (x6)
    “Glory Box” – Portishead
    “Go-Go Gadget Gospel” – Gnarls Barkley
    “Go Go Boots” – cEvin Key
    “Go To Hell” – KMFDM
    “Go To Sleep.” – Radiohead
    “Goblin Girl” – Frank Zappa
    “God” – Tori Amos
    “God’s Gift (Maggot)” – Skinny Puppy
    “God Inside My Head” – Catherine Wheel
    “God Killed The Queen” – Louis XIV
    “God Made Me” – The Sundays
    “God Said No” – Dan Bern
    “God Save The USA” – Pennywise
    “God Send Death” – Slayer
    “God Yu Takem Laef Blong Mi” – Hans Zimmerman
    “Godeatgod” – Marilyn Manson
    “Godlike” – KMFDM (x3)

  • Steve

    God’s River – The Jeff Gray Band
    God Inc – Rick Elias
    God (Interlude) – Outkast
    God Bless – Danielson Famile
    God Only Knows – The Langley Schools Music Project
    God Makes No Mistakes – Loretta Lynn
    God Is Love – Marvin Gaye
    God Gave Rock and Roll To You – Petra
    Godpleaser – Petra
    God Grant Me Tears – Ragamuffin Band
    God Is In The Roses – Rosanne Cash
    God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Russ Taff
    God Don’t Never Change – Russ Taff
    God’s Unchanging Hand – Russ Taff
    God Sends Quails – The 77′s
    God Good Devil Bad – The Swirling Eddies
    God Part II – U2
    Songs I would have loved to hear Johnny Cash sing:
    Jesus Is For Losers (Steve Taylor)
    Hopeless Etc. (Adam Again)
    Grace (U2)
    I Still Believe (The Call)
    A Simple Prayer (Jeffrey Gaines)
    A Man Of No Reputation (Rick Elias)
    Losing My Religion (REM)
    He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands (Traditional)

  • Ian Mathers

    The first ten, as always:
    “Glorious” – Diefenbach
    “Glow” – Nelly Furtado
    “Glowworm” – The Apples In Stereo
    “Go Get the Cops” – Wheat
    “Go On” – Takuma Itoi
    “Goat of the West” – The Comsat Angels
    “God Bless” – Lamb
    “God In the Details” – Sweet Billy Pilgrim
    “God Only Knows” – Petra Hayden
    “Goddes on a Hiway” – Mercury Rev
    The Wheat is probably my current favourite. Sadly, I can’t think of anything for Johnny to cover.

  • Steve

    Two more songs I think Cash cold have covered…I just heard for the first time this week, both off of T Bone Burnett’s newest album:
    There Would Be Hell To Pay
    Blinded By the Darkness

  • Brent White

    “Gloryhound” is up there with Costello’s “Shipbuilding” as among the smartest anti-war songs ever. Nice choice!
    I really, really want to get behind the Johnny Cash American Recordings stuff, but I just can’t. I love the idea of them, but he lost so much of his range toward the end, the recordings seemed like exploitation. Tell me how I’m wrong? I much prefer Elvis Presley’s and Moby’s version of “God’s Gonna Cut You Down.”
    A few additional songs:
    “Go Mental,” Ramones (Road to Ruin)
    “Go On Ahead” Liz Phair (Whitechocolatespaceegg–her best album by far!)
    “Go Where You Wanna Go” The Mamas and the Papas (If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears)

  • kmg

    Glory–Liz Phair
    Glory Box–Portishead
    Go–Moby
    Go Coastal–Velocity Girl
    Go West–Liz Phair
    Go Your Own Way–Fleetwood Mac
    God–John Lennon
    God Bless America–Joan of Arc
    God Only Knows–The Beach Boys
    Godless–Mason Jennings

  • ken nussbaum

    “Go With God, But Go” – The 77′s
    “Godless” – the Dandy Warhols

  • Steve

    Brent, I’ll gladly tell you where you are wrong. The beauty of Cash’s final discs was THAT he’d lost his range and booming voice…and instead of belting out his tunes, he offered then with honesty and fraily. Not always beautiful, but BEAUTIFUL.
    That being said, I love American Recordings I-IV, but haven’t heard V yet.
    See further this review of AR IV: http://www.dwightozard.com/lq-article.asp?id=54
    And Cash’s baritone does waiver. The ravages of time, hard living and disease have taken much of the power from his legendary voice—the deep notes no longer resonate with his distinctive, nearly seismic rumble. But where the younger Cash might have song through a lyric, he now is forced to cling to every syllable for dear life, like it might be his last, singing through a frailty that gives the song an air of dynamic, painstakingly beautiful immediacy. It’s yet another example of a great artist—and theologian—at work, as Cash has taken his weakness and transformed it into his strength. Indeed, while his voice may be less than it was, his singing has never been better.

  • Susie from Philly

    God Bless the Child – Blood Sweat & Tears
    God is Alive, Magic is Afoot – Buffy Ste. Marie
    God Was In The Water – Bonnie Raitt
    Godspeed (Sweet Dreams) – Radney Foster

  • Sophist

    “Glowing Heart of the World” – Calexico
    “Glowing/Colorful” – Windy & Carl
    “Gnidjougouya” – Amadou & Mariam
    “Go” – Common
    “Go Away” – Archer Prewitt
    “Go Away” – Guillemots
    “Go Call You Mine” – Of Montreal
    “Go Down, Old Hannah” – Jackie-O Motherfucker
    “Go Home, Get Down” – Death From Above 1979
    “Goat and Ram” -bonnie ‘prince’ billy & Matt Sweeney
    “God” – Apollo Sunshine
    “God Takes Care of the Little Things” – The Boy Least Likely To
    “God’s Away on Business” – Tom Waits

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