XPN MusicNotes: Hear Elvis Costello perform sweeping new song with lyrics from a Johnny Cash poem

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Johnny Cash and Elvis Costello | photo via Consequence of Sound

“There was one lyric that was thought to be one that might suit me. And then I was glancing through the folio and that particular lyric was there on the page, and the next thing I could hear it in a very unusual way” –  Elvis Costello in an interview w/ Rolling Stone re: a song he wrote to a Johnny Cash poem.

Next month an album called Forever Words will be released featuring well-known singers who have taken poems and letters written by Johnny Cash, and have put his words to music. Elvis Costello is one of the performers. 

Click here to listen to “I’ll Still Love You,” which features vocals and music by Elvis Costello and lyrics by Johnny Cash.

“I’ll Still Love You” is featured on Forever Words, which comes out on April 6th. Also featured on the album is one of the last recordings by late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, a song called You’ll Never Know My Mind. Other contributors include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Alison Krauss, and Roseanne Cash.

Forever Words track list
01 Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson – “Forever/I Still Miss Someone”
02 Ruston Kelly and Kacey Musgraves – “To June This Morning”
03 Brad Paisley – “Gold All Over The Ground”
04 Chris Cornell – “You Never Knew My Mind”
05 Alison Krauss And Union Station – “The Captain’s Daughter”
06 T. Bone Burnett – “Jellico Coal Man”
07 Rosanne Cash – “The Walking Wounded”
08 John Mellencamp – “Them Double Blues”
09 Jewel – “Body On Body”
10 Elvis Costell – “I’ll Still Love You”
11 Carlene Carter – “June’s Sundown”
12 Daily And Vincent – “He Bore It All”
13 I’m With Her – “Chinky Pin Hill”
14 Robert Glasper – “Goin’, Goin’, Gone” (Feat. Ro James & Anu Sun)
15 The Jayhawks – “What Would I Dreamer Do?”
16 Jamey Johnson – “Spirit Rider”

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