The Shoe Shine Boy, “Get Rhythm” by Johnny Cash

My friend Greige has kindly written some thoughts about Johnny Cash and the Gospel.  He posted it as a comment under the original post, but I think it deserves top billing for now.  Thanks Griege.  Be of good cheer.

“the shoe shine boy in the song “Get Rhythm” never lets the world get him down, no matter what situation he is in, because his rhythm makes him feel happy and whenever he remembers it makes him forget all the trouble, and when we are in situations of hopelessness we should remember God’s promise of redemption through Jesus Christ and forget our trouble because its not that big in the long run anyways.

A little shoe-shine boy he never gets low-down,
But he’s got the dirtiest job in town!
Bending low at the peoples’ feet,
On a windy corner of a dirty street.

Well, I asked him while she shined my shoes,
How’d he keep from getting’ the blues.
He grinned as he raised his little head,
He popped a shoe-shine rag, and he said

Get rhythm!
When you get the blues!
C’mon get rhythm!
When you get the blues!

A jumpy rhythm makes you feel so fine,
It’ll shake all your troubles from your worried mind.
Get rhythm!
When you get the blues!

“Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”
– John 16:33


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