Elvis Costello Releases Song Based on Johnny Cash Poem, "I'll Still Love You"

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Elvis Costello Releases Song Based on Johnny Cash Poem, "I'll Still Love You"

Elvis Costello  has shared a new track from the forthcoming Johnny Cash compilation album Johnny Cash: Forever Words, out on April 6 via Legacy Recordings.

The album features new songs based on Cash’s poetry, with a star-studded lineup of musicians including the late Chris Cornell, Willie Nelson, Jewel, John Mellencamp, Kacey Musgraves and others. The album was produced by Johnny and June Carter Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, who said his father left behind a “monstrous amassment” of handwritten letters, poems and lyrics penned across the entirety of the musician’s life.

Cornell’s “You Never Knew My Mind” was released last month and it turned out to be one of Cornell’s last solo recordings. Tuesday, Costello unveiled his dramatic, theatrical contribution, “I’ll Still Love You,” featuring brass, piano and strings.

Costello told Rolling Stone of the reimagined song, “I knew right away it wasn’t to be played. You could hear his musical voice on many of the lyrics on the page, but not this one; not to me anyway. I heard something completely different.”

Poems like “I’ll Still Love You” are also featured in the best-selling book Forever Words: The Unknown Poems, edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, and curated by Carter Cash and Steve Berkowitz.

Listen to “I’ll Still Love You” and see a video of Costello talking about the track below. Further down, watch a Paste Cloud performance of Costello and The Attractions from 1978. You can preorder Johnny Cash: Forever Words here.

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