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Johnny Cash: Rusty Cage Meaning

Tagged: Freedom [suggest]

Song Released: 1996

Rusty Cage Lyrics

You wired me awake,
And hit me with a hand of broken nails.
You tied my lead and pulled my chain,
To watch my blood begin to boil.

But I'm gonna break,
I'm gonna break my,
Gonna break my rusty cage and run.
I'm gonna break,
I'm gonna break...

  1. anonymous
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    May 18th 2021 report

    it covers the topic of the self imposed "cage" limits that bound our character's will and judgement, his real freedom. There is the recognition that said limits are a delusion and now "rusty", old, useless. Now our character can ascend to real freedom he is not a victim of his own weackness anymore, now master of himself. thus our character broke his rusty cage and ran.

  2. anonymous
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    Nov 23rd 2019 report

    It's about death. The rusty cage is the physical body. Death is release from the rusty cage.

  3. anonymous
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    Oct 8th 2017 report

    He's talking about being a victim of the modern age. one can only be truly free when he walks away from the program not just quit the system and survive but thrive.the song is a fantasy that only exists in his mind.

  4. anonymous
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    Feb 15th 2016 report

    I don't think Johnny Cash wrote it about anything ......Chris Cornell did. Lol

  5. anonymous
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    Apr 10th 2014 report

    He wrote it about being free.

  6. anonymous
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    Jul 1st 2011 report

    I think he's talking about breaking bad habits

  7. anonymous
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    May 6th 2011 report

    I think the song is about a break-through that happens to Born again Christians after leaving a life being in bondage/imprisoned w sin
    to being free in Christ...

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