Johnny Cash, 'Cocaine Blues'
With roots in the Appalachian standard "Little Sadie," "Cocaine Blues" reworks the classic tune and adds in the intensified drama of a little white lightening, heightening the moral conundrum. Though it's had many sonic interpretations, no one made it swing quite like the Man in Black, who famously played it for the inmates of Folsom Prison. Attacking that western vamp, Cash tells the story of Willie Lee, who tried to outrun the cops after killing his woman while high on coke. Of course, it's hard to disassociate from Johnny Cash's personal struggles with drugs, or to ignore the near jubilant performance. It leaves a lingering question: Is murder different when you can blame the blow?