10 country songs for the end of the world

6. "When the Man Comes Around" - Johnny Cash

End times of course carry religious connotations for some folks, just as they carry more mystical and/or cosmic connotations for others. Johnny Cash was born-again, and betting on the Second Coming of Jesus. He wrote this song about it, one of the last he penned before his death in 2003 and, well, Johnny's end times sound scary as hell - here's where you insert the word literally. So honestly? We're just hoping for a volcano, because Buffett's version sounds way better. Notable Lyric: The hairs on your arm will stand up at the terror in each sip and in each sup. Will you partake of that last offered cup, or disappear into the potter's ground? When the man comes around.

5. "Big Iron" - Marty Robbins

And for those of us who get left behind (Probably me! Probably me!), Marty Robbins suggests you carry something on your hip. Notable Lyric: It was early in the morning when he rode into the town. He came riding from the south side slowly lookin' all around. He's an outlaw loose and running came the whisper from each lip. And he's here to do some business with the big iron on his hip, big iron on his hip.

4. "Gimme Shelter" - Kathy Mattea

Country/bluegrass great Kathy Mattea recorded this timeless Stones' classic for her 2005 album, Right Out of Nowhere, and it's perhaps a moodier take than the original, carrying fewer connotations to Hells Angels and stabbings and stuff.
Notable Lyric: Oh, a storm is threatening my very life today. If I don't get some shelter, oh yeah I'm gonna fade away. War, children, it's just a shot away, it's just a shot away.

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